OBAMA-RIBS FOR LUNCH
CLINTON, Md. (AP) -- From gourmet cuisine to down home cooking. President Barack Obama is all over the culinary map this week. Yesterday afternoon, the president made a lunchtime detour to a barbecue and ribs joint. Obama and Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland stopped at Texas Ribs and BBQ outside of Washington. The prez ordered two slabs of baby back ribs and a brisket sandwich with fries. And Obama reminded the cashier not to forget the hot sauce. Just the night before, the dinning was a lot fancier, as President Obama hosted a state dinner for the British prime minister.
SPRING BREAK-MONSTER TAXI
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- You've heard of monster trucks -- but a monster cab? Dan Steifel has created a monster taxi just in time for spring break on the Texas Gulf coast. The body of his '02 Crown Vic is about three feet of the ground on oversized tires. He tells the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that customers don't have to walk off the beach to meet him, because he can drive right on the sand. He says he spent about 50-grand to upgrade the taxi, which is part of the Green-N-Go Cab fleet. The Crown Vic body is mated to a 1983 Ford pickup chassis.
BETTER BEAR TRAP
EAST MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Forget a better mousetrap -- Ryan Alter now has a patent for his better bear trap. The Montana entrepreneur spent three years and $25,000 developing the rig. The device phones home when it catches something, remotely releases wrong bears and can even reset itself. The Missoulian newspaper reports Alter recently received his U.S. Patent in the mail. Now, he can start selling the better bear trap to researchers and wildlife managers.
HOLE IN ONE
WALKERSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Nicholas has one on his dad, Jim Fox. In about 30 years of golfing, dad has never gotten a hole-in-one. But 12-year-old Nicholas sank an ace on a recent Sunday golf outing. There were playing at the Glade Valley Golf Club in Walkersville, Maryland, in less than ideal conditions. The wind was gusting up to 30 MPH, so Nicholas was aiming to the left. His 13th tee shot didn't just land on the green, it disappeared into the hole. That's when his dad and the other adults started cheering. The seventh-grader tells The Frederick News-Post he'd like to be a professional golfer someday.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- You'll have to be forgiving if some staffers at the Historical Society got a little hysterical. A four-foot bull snake was found in the offices of the South Dakota Historical Society's Cultural Heritage Center. Staffers had heard something in the ceiling. Maintenance workers removed the big snake and took it outside. Officials tell KCCR it's not the first time a critter been found in their building, but they're not sure how they're getting inside.
EGG HUNT CANCELED
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Play nice! Now, it seems some parents aren't taking that advice. The annual Old Colorado City Easter Egg Hunt is being canceled because of aggressive parents. Organizer Dave VanNess says he decided to pull the plug on the Easter egg hunt after a decade. VanNess adds the event was creating more hard feelings than fun. He tells KKTV the grownups are supposed to stay behind a rope. But VanNess says many broke that rule making things overcrowded and chaotic.
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