Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

WHITE HOUSE GARDEN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama will soon have a lot of helping hands for the White House garden -- little hands. School kids from around the country are going to pitch in next week. Kids from the D-C area, as while as children from Iowa, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and New York will take part. Girl Scouts from Troop 60325 in Fairport, New York, were invited after they wrote Mrs. Obama. The girls told the first lady they were growing 100 tomato plants to give to people who can't get fresh food. This will be the fourth annual spring planting for the first lady's garden. It's the first vegetable patch at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt's World War II victory garden.

MANNING-TEBOW CARDS

DENVER (AP) -- Tim Tebow a Jet. Peyton Manning as the Broncos Q-B. But fans don't have to wait for the new season to see them in their new uniforms. Bowman Football, a branch of Topps, will soon issue trading cards of the players. The company says the images have been retouched to show Tebow in a New York Jets jersey and Manning in a Denver Broncos uniform. They'll be limited edition cards. The company's Mark Sapir predicts they're "going to be super valuable." Packs of the cards will hit stores in May.

SELF LAYOFF

KELLER, Texas (AP) -- Keller, Texas, City Manager Dan O'Leary is being laid off -- and he only has himself to blame. O'Leary is giving himself a pink slip. O'Leary says Keller has two assistant managers and really doesn't need a city manager, too. He made about 176K a year and had been on the job since 2007. O'Leary tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he has no plans to retire.

COURTHOUSE DOG

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The courthouse in Tacoma, Washington, will soon be the doghouse. The Pierce County courts are getting a resident pooch. Kiley, 2-year-old yellow Lab, will be the new courthouse dog. She's been trained like a service dog and lives with Michelle Walker, a manager for the prosecutor's office. Walker says Kiley will be a pal not a guard. She adds the friendly Lab can help calm witnesses or victims in a stressful courtroom situation. A local paper (News Tribune) reports the courthouse dog will be getting a one-year test.

STOLEN PLANE

CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (AP) -- Forget flying right -- flying wrong got the attention of a California cop. Chowchilla Police Chief Jay Varney happened to see a private plane making a flakey landing at a local airport. Varney went to investigate. According the chief, Lonnie Blackburn was trying to paint over the ID number of the small private plane. Police say the Cessna was stolen. Blackburn, who's a licensed pilot, was booked on suspicion of grand theft.

STURGEON GUARD

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Even fish need some friends. Wildlife officials in Wisconsin are looking for volunteers to help guard the sturgeon. Every spring the giant fish make the journey to their spawning grounds. The state Department of Natural Resources wants the fish guards to monitor shorelines, to make sure no one tries to net or spear the sturgeon. But being a fish buddy is no fair weather job, though. The volunteers face 12-hours shifts, in all sorts of weather.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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