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Curses, Foiled Again

Clayton Dial, 23, pulled a gun and demanded cash at a Japanese restaurant in Champaign, Ill., only to have chef Tetsuji Miwa thwart the robbery. “I instantly grabbed my sushi knife, walked up to him, wrapped my arm around his shoulder and asked him what he wanted,” Miwa said. “He saw the blade, got scared and started running.” Miwa and two co-workers wrestled him to the ground, and assistant manager Joe Pendzialek said he grabbed a stool “and cracked him over the head with it,” before calling police. (Champaign’s The News-Gazette)

Why They Call It Dope

John Balmer, 50, was arrested at a Kmart store in Hudson, Fla., while wearing a T-shirt that read, “Who needs drugs?” Below that, it said, “No, seriously, I have drugs.” When a sheriff’s deputy entered the store, Balmer tried to hand a “bag of green leafy substance” to the person behind him, officers reported, but the person wouldn’t take the bag, which deputies retrieved and said contained marijuana and methamphetamine. (Tampa Bay Times)

Pledge Drive

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Photo provided by Wikimedia

After Bill Kelly earned $600,955 as executive director of public broadcasting station WVIA-TV in Scranton, Pa., he proposed a new position: raising money for the station’s new endowment fund. The board of directors agreed and notified its 15,000 station members, anticipating they would welcome the station’s continuing its ties with Kelly, an employee of 40 years. Instead, 6,300 members dropped out. About 2,300 of them specifically cited excessive executive compensation as the reason. The organization’s 22 board members cut ties with Kelly by donating $291,878 of their own money to buy out his contract. (Scranton’s The Times-Tribune)

Rescue Follies

John Arwood, 31, and Amber Campbell, 25, told police who found them in a closet at Florida’s Daytona State College that they had spent two days locked in the closet before calling 911 to be rescued. Officers tracked the phone’s location and simply opened the door, which they said had been unlocked the entire time. (Orlando Sentinel)

Next Step: Tomacco

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Photo provided by Wikimedia

SuperNaturals Grafted Vegetables introduced seeds for “Ketchup’n’Fries,” a hybrid plant consisting of thin-skinned white potatoes attached to a vine of red cherry tomatoes, aimed at home gardeners with limited growing space. Also known as TomTato, it was created by Britain’s Thompson & Morgan and previously available only in Europe. (New York Daily News)

Special Delivery

Police arrested Paul Bennett, 45, for trying to have sex with a mailbox at a shopping arcade outside Manchester, England. A witness spotted Bennett approaching the mailbox with his pants down and making “sexual advances toward it.” He then rubbed himself against it while holding his hands in the air and shouting “wow.” After completing the act, he pulled up his pants and started swinging on a lamppost. The witness called police, who found Bennett again exposing himself. (Britain’s Manchester Evening News)

Smart Phones, Dumb People

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Photo provided by Jeshoots via Pixabay

Hong Kong authorities caught a man trying to smuggle 94 iPhones, worth more than $48,000 on the black market, into mainland China by strapping the devices to his body. The man’s luggage contained no contraband, but customs officials noticed him walking with a “stiff posture.” When he set off a metal detector, they searched him and found the phones taped to his chest, abdomen, thighs, calves and groin. (International Business Times)

Game of Drones

Drone operators won’t need a pilot’s license, according to draft rules for commercial drones announced by the Federal Aviation Administration. Instead, the agency proposed that drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are well maintained and checked before flight can be flown by operators who’ve passed a basic aeronautical test. The drones would have to stay below 500 feet, fly only in daylight and not over people, and remain in view of their operators at all times. Amazon said the last requirement would prevent it starting its drone-delivery service. (The Economist)

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