Bizarre News-Undie Run

July 31, 2009 4:35:57 PM PDT
The stories may be strange, but they're trueUNDIE RUN
LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA wants to undo the Undie Run. Administrators at the University of California, Los Angeles, are telling students to keep their pants on. The Undie Run is a campus tradition dating back to 2002. Three times a year students make a dash in their skivvies after dark. But university officials say the nearly nude runs are getting out of hand, attracting up to 10,000 people. Not all are students. Administrators say the June run was disrupted by fights, vandalism and booze-related medical emergencies. Student leaders tell the campus newspaper they hope to work out safety issues, so the next Undie Run can be held in December as scheduled.

NYPD-HYBRIDS
NEW YORK (AP) - Going green is a problem for the NYPD blue. The New York Police Department has nearly 60 gas-saving Nissan Altima hybrid cars. But the edges of the seats curl. So, when officers get out of the hybrid squad cars, their gun handles give them a painful poke in the hip. Police officials say the cars will be given flatter seats and a lower center console. The modification of the green squad cars will cost about $1,100 each.

COUNTING THE MONEY
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Don't count your money before you get away. Police in western Pennsylvania say they busted a suspected a bank robber, who was counting his loot. Officers say they found David Morgan counting the cash as he was walking several blocks from the scene of the robbery. But at least he was polite. Chief Wally Lyons says Morgan's note asked a teller to "please" give him all the money in her drawer. He even put a smiley face on it.

GOLF COURSE GEESE
ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) - Some people on an Indiana golf course will be shooting for more than par. The City Council in Rochester has a OK'd a plan to allow geese hunting at the Round Barn Golf Club. The club's golf pro told the council that as many as 1,000 Canada geese spend the winter there, damaging the turf and making a mess. He says attempts to scare away the geese have failed, including starter pistols and air horns. The Rochester Sentinel reports the pro told council members the club will seek about five off-duty police officers to do the hunting during off season.

BANNED IN BAMA
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Being "Banned in Bama" is good business for one California wine-maker. The label on Cycles Gladiator wine shows a stylized nude female nymph with a flying bicycle. The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board recently ruled the label violates the prohibition against "immoral or sensuous" displays. The wine is made by Hahn Family Wines. President Bill Leigon says the company is readying a "Banned in Bama" marketing campaign. He adds visits to company's Web site have jumped tenfold since the ban.

OLDEST MAN-BREUNING
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - At age 112, Walter Breuning is in high demand. A whole lot of people want to talk to Breuning since was named the world's oldest man. Breuning lives in a Great Falls, Mont., assisted living center. Officials there say they're being swamped with calls from radio talk shows from around the country. But the most senior of seniors isn't happy with some of the questions. One official at the nursing home tells the Great Falls Tribune, Breuning doesn't want to be asked if he has a girlfriend or what being the oldest man means to him. Breuning would rather discuss more intellectual matters, such as history or world affairs.


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