Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska has eighty-sixed a "420" license plate. Now, a lawyer is taking the state Department of Motor Vehicles to court. Frank Shoemaker applied for the personalized tags "NE420." But his request was denied. The DMV says 420 is associated with pot smoking -- stoner shorthand for let's get high. The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal lawsuit on Shoemaker's behalf. The ACLU says the DMV is violating Shoemaker's free speech rights.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Hitting the road this Thanksgiving holiday? You won't be alone. The triple-A forecasts a four percent increase in people traveling at least 50 miles from home. That's compared to last year. And we'll be spending more, too. Thanksgiving airfares are expected to be 20 percent higher. Gas prices are also up. The triple-A says in Virginia alone, gasoline costs 52 cents more per gallon than last Thanksgiving.


CORAM, N.Y. (AP) -- It's not the shirt a DWI suspect wants to be wearing. Police on New York's Long Island report Kevin Daly had on a T-shirt declaring "I'm a drunk." Now, he's facing drunken driving charges after police say he crashed into a patrol car early yesterday morning. The officer in the police car was treated for minor injuries. Daly can be seen in his mug shot wearing a shirt that says: "I'm not an alcoholic / I'm a drunk / Alcoholics go to meetings." He was ordered held on $10,000 bail.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A guy with a busted bike got taken for a ride. That's according to police in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Authorities say a man in a pickup stopped to help a 22-year-old bike rider with a broken chain. But police say after a short drive, the pickup driver pulled a gun. The Journal Gazette reports the not-so Good Samaritan took the biker rider's cash, a credit card, cellphone, and the bike. Police are asking the public for help in finding the suspect.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The guy getting arrested at an Occupy Wall Street protest was in a police uniform. But he's not an active duty cop. Retired Philadelphia police Captain Ray Lewis was wearing his dress blues when he was busted yesterday. He retired in 2004 and came to New York recently to join the demonstration. It looks like he wanted to be taken into custody. He can be seen in an AP video asking a police officer how he can get get arrested.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- It might not be such a happy new year in Baltimore. The traditional New Year's Eve fireworks display is in danger of being canceled because of a lack money. Bill Gilmore of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts says they need as much as $100,000 to "blow the doors off" with pyrotechnics. But they've raised less than 28-grand. The New Year's Eve spectacular draws 100,000 people to the Inner Harbor. The most recent sponsor has pulled out. Gilmore tells The Daily Record it's been tough finding other backers, but he's not giving up hope yet.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.

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