Odd News Roundup
April 04, 2014 12:06 PM | 513 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police: Man on field during Pirates' pierogi race

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who ran onto the field at PNC Park during the between innings "pierogi race" has been charged with defiant trespass, and could be banned from attending future games if a judge decides that's warranted.

The Associated Press could not immediately locate an attorney or listed phone number for 29-year-old Luke Emory Oyler, of Chambersburg.

Police say Oyler ran onto the field, and then among four people in pierogi costumes who race around the field every game to promote a specific brand of the Polish dumplings. This all occurred during Wednesday night's 16-inning, 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs which, at 5 hours, 55 minutes, also set a Pirates' record for the longest game.

Stadium security workers tackled Oyler, and took him to a security office where he was cited by police.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Russian envoy urges US officials to 'do yoga'

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat says U.S. officials should do yoga and watch TV comedy series to ease what he calls their irrational fixation on punishing Russia over Ukraine.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov's comments to the Interfax news agency Thursday reflected simmering tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia's annexation of Crimea. The U.S. and the EU have slapped members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's entourage with travel bans and asset freezes.

Ryabkov warned that Moscow may take retaliatory steps, but he didn't elaborate.

Ryabkov said the U.S. got "fixated" on halting cooperation with Russia. He said his "advice to the U.S. partners is to spend more time outdoors, do yoga ... and watch TV comedy series" instead of "childish whims, tears and hysterics that won't help."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Port cleans up stinking mink carcasses

BROOKINGS, Ore. (AP) — A half ton of stinking mink carcasses spilled into the boat basin at the Port of Brookings Harbor on the Southern Oregon Coast.

Port manager Ted Fitzgerald said Thursday they got it all cleaned up, but the smell was so bad it was tough to get near the port for awhile.

Fitzgerald says crab fishermen have their own secret ingredients for bait, and mink carcasses are one of them.

He says one fisherman was taking his leftovers out to sea to dump on Wednesday when some of the load spilled in the boat basin, and the port had to clean it up.

State police spokesman Lt. Gregg Hastings says they are investigating whether any laws were broken.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Broken ATM at Maine bank spits out $37,000

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are investigating after a malfunctioning ATM at a bank spit out $37,000 in cash to man who requested $140.

South Portland police tell WGME-TV that they responded to the TD Bank branch at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday after getting a call from a woman who said a man was spending an unusual amount of time at the ATM she was waiting to use.

Responding officers found the man stuffing cash into a shopping bag.

The money was returned to the bank, and bank officials said they don't want to press charges. But police continue to investigate. The identity of the man wasn't released because he hasn't been charged.

A bank official described the problem as a "code error" and said no customer accounts were affected.

Information from: WGME-TV, http://www.wgme.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


No tacos for you: NY restaurant chain 'bans' Putin

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hey Putin, don't even think about ordering a Super Mighty in Buffalo.

Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-based chain of Mexican fast-foot restaurants, has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from all of the company's 23 locations in western New York.

The company known for its quirky ads announced on social media this week that effective immediately, Putin is banned from Mighty Taco for seizing Crimea from Ukraine. Mighty Taco's posting says Putin may be ordering around Crimea, but he won't be ordering a Super Mighty, one of the chain's most popular menu items.

The posting, which features a red-tinted photo of a gesticulating Putin, says he'll be "welcomed back" at Mighty Taco when he stops acting like a bully and "picking on people."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Priest touches off anger after toy complaints

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has touched off a controversy in Poland after news media quoted him describing toys like LEGO's Monster Fighters as tools of Satan that lead children to the "dark side."

The Super Express tabloid quoted the Rev. Slawomir Kostrzewa urging parents to dump the LEGO series and those of several other firms. The remarks at a Sunday service in the town of Wolsztyn touched off discussion in predominantly Catholic Poland, which holds priests in high esteem.

Mainstream newspapers seized on the report, as did state radio. Parents took to Twitter to mock him.

In remarks Friday to The Associated Press, Kostrzewa denied having referred to Satan, but insists the toys are scary, undermining harmony and security.

LEGO spokesman Roar Trangbaek insists the toys are fun and playful.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, spam, and links to outside websites will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides