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Global bizarre

By Times Wires
Published January 30, 2008


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EXTRA FRIENDLY SKIES

Germans one-up Hooters Air
Starting July 5, nudists will have a travel option in line with their lifestyle, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. OssiUrlaub.de will offer special clothing-optional flights between Erfurt in southeast Germany and the island of Usedom, the company said Tuesday. However, pilots and flight attendants will continue to wear uniforms. The flights are intended to evoke the carefree ways of pre-reunification East Germany, when nudity was legal and popular.

REVENGE SERVED HOT

That's one serious jazz enthusiast
The DJ behind the "Mellow Down Easy" Internet radio program was miffed when someone changed his playlist, so he quit his volunteer gig at KOOP-FM 91.7 in Austin, Texas, in December. But first he copied the station key, Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Nye told the Associated Press. And then he set the place on fire, Nye said. After station workers left Jan. 5, Paul Webster Feinstein, 24, poured gasoline in two studios to start the fire, causing $300,000 in damage, Nye said. Feinstein has been charged with second-degree felony arson. Coincidentally, it was the third fire for the station in two years.

VIGILANT DRIVER

Am I drunk? Let's ask the cops
Patricia Dykstra of Fox Lake, Wis., wasn't sure that the pickup's driver was drunk, but her boyfriend was concerned, so she called 911, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. "Somebody seems to think I can't drive home straight," the 51-year-old told the dispatcher early Sunday from behind the wheel. She'd only had a six-pack, she said, adding that it was her boyfriend in the passenger seat who was trashed. Dykstra helpfully described the truck and its location before telling the dispatcher she had to go: "I don't like being on the phone while driving." Deputies met Dykstra at her home and ticketed her. Curiously, the dispatcher never suggested Dykstra pull over. In fact, her last advice was "Drive carefully, okay?"

BANK FLUBBERS

Not a withdrawal he had in mind
Two men in Slidell, La., apparently did not talk their bank robbery plan all the way through before executing it. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reports that the men demanded money from the teller. But when one tried to rob a customer, the other balked, eventually causing the first robber to leave by himself. Harry Wilson told police that he didn't know his partner was planning to rob the bank. Police believe the robber owed Wilson money for drugs and said he would make a withdrawal, and that Wilson may not have known about the robbery plan. "I guess he's got his morals," said police spokesman Kevin Foltz.

If it worked once, do it again!
A robbery in Sandy Springs, Ga., also did not go well. Actually, the robbery went fine. But upon exiting the bank, Channel Monae Gaskin had to await her getaway vehicle, police say. A city bus. "That just wasn't too bright," Sandy Springs police Lt. Steve Rose said. But Gaskin said it had worked before, describing a bank robbery in another county a week earlier that involved escape by public bus. Police discovered a robbery matching Gaskin's description in DeKalb County. So she'll face charges there, too.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

[Last modified January 30, 2008, 02:34:09]


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