Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


DALLAS (AP) -- Swingers in Dallas won't be able to go over to the Darkside. Glenn Hudson tells a court hearing he's closing his two clubs, the Darkside and the Playground. Police charged that undercover officers determined Hudson was running a swingers' club in violation of zoning regs. But the Dallas Morning News reports Hudson claimed he was operating a ministry. Hudson says his mission is legitimate.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Sex toys or dog toys? A Detroit-area strip club owner has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison on a tax charge. Prosecutors say Nicholas Faranso claimed business tax deductions for fetish toys that were actually pet store purchases. He was also accused of skimming more than a-half million bucks from his clubs using software to cook the books. He's pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.


SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) -- There's something dirty about a clean shave. A Massachusetts man is charged with giving himself a shave while nude on a beach. According to a police report, Christopher Axford was shaving his armpits, after he dropped his shorts. Lifeguards say they asked Axford to stop, but he refused. A local paper (Eagle Tribune) reports Axford now faces a number of charges, including lewd contact. He was released without bail. But police say he was busted less than 12 hours later on charges he stole a tip jar from a pizza place.


ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- No free lunch -- and no free tickets, either. Some fans got free tickets to an upcoming Train concert in northwestern Pennsylvania. But those tickets aren't any good. Officials at Tullio Arena discovered a computer glitch after a handful of tickets were sold online. Box office manager Ann Noble tells a local paper (Erie Times-News) they know who got the free tickets. She says those fans will be getting letters explaining the problem and will be given the chance to buy new tickets for the same seats. Tickets for that August concert are going for $47.50 and 35 bucks.


PRAGUE (AP) -- This Bud's not for you -- at least not in Bulgaria. The state-owned Czech brewery Budvar has won a legal round against U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch over the Budweiser brand. A court in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital, has ruled in favor of the Czech brewer. Budvar says Anheuser-Busch is withdrawing its appeal of a ruling that canceled the Bud and American Bud trademarks for the U.S. beer. Budvar has been battling for the Bud brandname in Europe for years.


BROOKVILLE, Kan. (AP) -- Steve and Shirley McGee are straight shooters. So straight, the retired Kansas couple will be on the U.S. team at the World Championship of Long Range Rifle Shooting in Australia. Like many retired couples, the McGees watch their expenses. They tell a local paper (The Salina Journal) they don't splurge on fancy clothes or cars -- so they can afford the best in rifles. Each fires a custom gun that costs about $4,500.

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