Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

POWER OUTAGE-SEAWORLD

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Much of Southern California was left in the dark yesterday. But not the penguins, polar bears and walruses at San Diego's SeaWorld. SeaWorld spokeswoman Kelly Terry says the park runs on its own generators. The emergency power also helped keep the creatures cool. Park-goers were allowed to stay after power was lost yesterday afternoon. They were even treated to a special performance by Shamu the killer whale in the early evening.

PATRIOTIC PIGS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The pig is going patriotic at the University of Arkansas. The Razorback logo at midfield is usually red, white and black. But for tomorrow's game against New Mexico, the Razorback will be painted red, white and blue. It's to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Arkansas Air National Guard also plans a flyover before the game.

US MINT-COINS THEFT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- It's a lot more than pocket change. Federal prosecutors say a former police officer for the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia admits to stealing millions of dollars worth of coins. The $1 presidential coins could be worth a lot more than face value to collectors. The coins have mint errors described as missing edge lettering. Prosecutors say William Gray has pleaded guilty to charges of theft of government property and tax evasion.

LIBRARY STASH

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Maria Nater has a bigger problem than just overdue books. Police in Southern California say she had thousands of library books and DVDs in her Carlsbad home. The 44-year-old woman was busted for investigation of receiving stolen property. Police say detectives searched her home after library officials reported suspicious activity. A police spokeswoman tells the North County Times most of the recovered books are about cooking, crafts and animals.

GUN-TOTING PHARMACIST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- The pharmacist was packing heat -- then he was sent packing. Jeremy Hoven is suing Walgreens, claiming he was unjustly canned. Hoven fired a gun at armed robbers while working in a Grand Rapids, Michigan, drug store. Hoven says he feared for his life after one of the bandits tried to shoot him. Attorneys for the drug chain say the termination was based on a "plausible and legitimate business reason." Hoven has a concealed weapons permit. But The Grand Rapids Press reports he apparently didn't tell his employers about his gun.

LOUD STEREO

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Crank up the music -- and attract the cops. Police in Knoxville, Tennessee, say they busted a man on drug dealing charges. Officers say his loud car stereo first caught their attention. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports an officer approached the man for violating the city's noise ordinance. They charge Larry Eugene Scandrick then threw something out of the car, which turned out to be a baggie of pot and another of crack cocaine.

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