Monday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


DETROIT (AP) -- It was history in zebra stripes yesterday. When Shannon Eastin worked the St. Louis Rams-Detroit Lions game, she became the first woman official in an NFL regular-season game. Before the national anthem, Eastin tucked her ponytail under her cap. Eastin is among the replacement refs hired by the league while the regular officials are locked out. As the game ended, Eastin helped to separate Rams and Lions players who were pushing and shoving. Detroit won 27-23. And Lions coach Jim Schwartz says having the first female official is "a great milestone."


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden had a rough start -- even before kickoff. The Browns new QB was trapped under a giant American flag prior to yesterday's one-point loss to the Eagles. Weeden was warming up, when the 100-yard-long flag was carried onto the field. Weeden says he was expecting a little warning. He just stayed on his hands and knees until the national anthem was finished. The rest of the day wasn't much better. Weeden threw four interceptions. The Cleveland defense couldn't stop Philadelphia's fourth-quarter rally for a 17-16 victory.


WACO, Texas (AP) -- Lots of TV shows are bombs -- but the set itself? An old TV sparked a bomb scare in downtown Waco, Texas. It was near an apartment complex and folks who live there called the cops. Authorities mobilized the county bomb squad to check it out. The old TV was examined for three and a-half hours with robots and X-rays. The bomb squad finally determined the box with wires sticking out was just an old TV set and it was hauled away as junk. But investigators now want to know who left the TV there and why.


MONTROSE, Calif. (AP) -- Traffic jams in the L-A area can be a real bear. But this time it was a real bear that caused the traffic problems. Authorities had to shut down the 210 Freeway north of downtown yesterday morning after a bear wandered onto the highway. All lanes in both directions were closed, while a crew from the state Department of Fish and Game was called. Game wardens followed the bear as it ambled through a nearby residential area and business district. The animal was surrounded at an intersection and hit with tranquilizer darts. Officials say the freeway bear will be taken back to Angeles National Forest.


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- It was the battle of the heavyweights. But it didn't turn out to be much of a fight. Two pumpkins made it to the weigh-off at the Kansas State Fair. Doug Heathman easily wins with a monster gourd that weighs more than 643 pounds. It's his sixth state fair title in seven years. But challenger, 12-year-old Ryan Grabman, isn't giving up. The Wichita Eagle reports his pumpkin was a 376-pounder. Young Ryan vows he'll be back with an even bigger pumpkin next year.


SUDBURY, Mass. (AP) -- That's cool. Jason Shuman got that sort of reaction when he wore his new boat shoes on the University of Miami campus. He had a pair custom made with the Greek letters of his frat, Sigma Phi Epsilon. Two years later, Shuman and four buddies created Category 5 Boat Shoes. Shuman says the customized Cat5 shoes will be sold by campus reps at 80 schools this fall. Shuman tells a local paper (MetroWest Daily News) they hope to double that number by spring. The shoes sell for about $60 a pair.

Copyright 2012 . The Associated Press.

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