KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- South Florida has weathered an "A-Conch-Alypse" -- and it had nothing with the super storm pounding much of the East Coast. Key West's annual Fantasy Fest ended with a parade yesterday. The theme of this year's fest was "A-Conch-Alypse." Standout floats included one with a post-apocalyptic zombie ghost town. Another featured a battle with alien invaders. Even the presidential race was spoofed. The "Zombie Apocalypse Political Party" float was encouraging support for "Zombiecare" and votes for "Eaton D. Brains for President."
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The straight-laced Cleveland Orchestra is getting in the Halloween mood. The musicians dressed up in costumes for last night's concert, "Halloween Spooktacular: Tales and Terrors." Conductor Kelly Corcoran picked out a witch's hat for the performance. The Plain Dealer newspaper reports the musical selections included the "Witch's Ride" from Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The "Pumpkin Patrol" will be out along the New York Thruway. State troopers and volunteers will be on the lookout for pranksters who might toss pumpkins off highway overpasses tomorrow and Wednesday. This year's Pumpkin Patrol will involve 17 organizations in 19 counties. Troopers point out there's nothing funny about flying pumpkins, which can cause accidents.
MOWING WITH SHEEP
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- There's something sheepish about a neighborhood improvement program in Indianapolis. The sheep in question are Twisty and Lily. They trim the grass and weeds in overgrown lots on the city's Near Eastside. Sue Spicer is the president of a local civil group. She tells the Indianapolis Star the sheep do a better job than city mowers. Spicer adds the sheep have even become local celebrities, with people stopping by to take pictures.
LANCASTER, Mass. (AP) -- Emmanuel Ortiz is a nerd and proud of it. He's now trying to promote nerd culture with an online magazine NerdCaliber.com. Ortiz even takes nerd-dom to his pocket. During a recent interview with the Sentinel and Enterprise newspaper, his cellphone rang. He has a Star Wars sound effects ring-tone. He pulled out an Android smartphone with a textured R2-D2 case. He calls it a "droid-droid."
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Elle Ronis says she's a flower junkie. Thousands of flowers and plants take up every inch of her front and back yards in Westover, Connecticut. But Ronis wasn't born with a green thumb. She tells the Advocate of Stamford when she moved in nine years ago, there wasn't a plant on the property. Ronis then discovered she is a gardener. She adds the birds love her flowers, too.
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