Oddities

May 01, 2020 - 3:30 am
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of the 40th annual Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, organizers announced Thursday. The three-night competition, which had been scheduled for July 23-25, typically attracts more than 100 burly, bearded...
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April 28, 2020 - 5:54 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It’s no joke — Tupac Shakur lives in Kentucky and needs unemployment benefits to pay his bills. The Lexington man’s name was brought up by Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday night as he spoke about how the state is trying to process all unemployment claims filed in March amid the...
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April 28, 2020 - 2:36 pm
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — With a little bit of luck and persistence, a Colorado man has hit the jackpot twice after playing the same numbers for 30 years. Colorado Lottery officials identified “Joe B.” as the winner of two $1 million Powerball jackpots on March 25. He claimed the winnings on Friday,...
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April 28, 2020 - 11:50 am
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — After months on the run, a mail fraud suspect who lived up to his legal name — Speedy Gonzalez — has been arrested in Georgia. The 35-year-old Buford man was taken into custody Saturday during a traffic stop in Gwinnett County, authorities said. Authorities began looking...
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April 27, 2020 - 10:16 am
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — A welcome mat at the front door of a Florida home read “come back with a warrant” — and that's just what deputies did before finding drugs and drug paraphernalia inside. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the home in Palm Coast was part of an investigation into illegal...
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In a photo provided by Joey Morvant, Emily Istre, of Lafayette, La., holds a squirrel she named Willamina on April 21, 2020. She took care of the squirrel, which she also called One Eyed Willa, for several weeks after her mother found it alone in a backyard. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries took the squirrel from Istre on Thursday, April 23, 2020, and sent it to a wildlife rehab specialist. (Joey Morvant via AP)
April 26, 2020 - 10:03 pm
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A one-eyed squirrel that gained a social media following is being returned to nature. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries took Willamina the squirrel from Emily Istre of Lafayette on Thursday, the Acadiana Advocate reported. Istre created an Instagram account...
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April 25, 2020 - 3:42 pm
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Around this time of year, Floridians don't just have to worry about aggressive drivers on the road — they should be on the lookout for aggressive alligators, too, according to officials who on Friday had to remove a 9-foot (2.8-meter) gator from a county road. The Manatee...
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April 25, 2020 - 11:25 am
HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A robber wearing in-line skates skated off into the night after sticking up a Dunkin’ Donuts on Long Island, police said. Nassau County police said the suspect glided into the Hicksville shop around 7:50 p.m. Friday, bought a cup of coffee and then demanded cash while making...
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April 24, 2020 - 7:28 am
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mayor said he found a woman hiding in his cellar. Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson said he found the woman Wednesday morning after he heard noises and smelled cigarette smoke outside a home he was renovating, WNKY-TV reported. When he checked the cellar, he...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2019 file photo, Broward Circuit Judge Dennis Bailey speaks to defense attorney Kevin Kulik in a sidebar discussion during closing arguments in the penalty phase of Pablo Ibar's trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Bailey is asking attorneys to get out of bed and put on some clothes when they show up for court hearings on Zoom after complaining to the Weston Bar Association that one male lawyer appeared shirtless and a female attorney was still in bed and under the covers. Broward County's courts are using the video conferencing site for hearings during the coronavirus pandemic. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)
April 14, 2020 - 10:31 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has one request for attorneys showing up for court hearings via Zoom: Get out of bed and put on some clothes! Broward Circuit Judge Dennis Bailey made the plea in a letter published by the Weston Bar Association, news outlets reported. “It is remarkable...
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