Monday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


DETROIT (AP) -- The Chrysler commercials tell us Detroit is back. So, getting rid of some evil spirits couldn't hurt. About 3,000 people marched yesterday to cast out a demon that might have cursed the motor city. The Detroit boosters wore masks, feathers and beads in their third annual parade. Some even carried pitchforks in case those spirits tried to fight back. Legend has it a red dwarf cast a spell on Detroit some 300 years ago. Supposedly, Antoine Cadillac, one of the city's founders, hit the drawf with a cane. Parade organizer Peter Van Dyke tells The Detroit News their work isn't done yet. He says they'll be casting out evil spirits for a very long time.


WELLSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- It's art -- good enough to eat. Students at Brooke High School in the Wellsburg, West Virginia, area are creating art projects from Peeps and other Easter candy. Art teacher Sara Lanigan says her students are using the pastel chicks and bunnies for everything from a staging of "MacBeth" to the fall of the Berlin Wall. She tells a local paper (Steubenville Herald-Star) she's lucky to have very talented students who back her crazy ideas.


BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Luxury parking doesn't fly at one Southern California airport. Officials at Bob Hope Airport are scrapping the Black Diamond valet parking option. There wasn't a single customer for the service that costs $14,600 a year at the Burbank airport. The Los Angeles Times reports a Platinum valet option, for $31 a day, isn't faring well either.


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- There's more to math than just numbers for Thomas C. Hull. The math prof also sees math in paper folds and creases. The Western New England University associate professor uses origami, the art of paper folding, to illustrate geometry, calculus and other math concepts. He tells a local paper (The Republican) the "elegant beauty" of origami mirrors the appeal of mathematics.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Fifteen-year-old Jose Miguel Banda never saw snow before coming to Anchorage, Alaska. He's an exchange student from Mexico. But Jose took to one of the most demanding winter sports in a big way. Last month he competed in the Junior National ski jumping championships. Jose got plenty of help in his new sport from his host family. Mom, Vivienne Murray, is a ski jumping program administrator. Jose tells the Anchorage Daily News he hopes to continue ski jumping after he returns to Mexico.


HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) -- Bill Mooney has a serious case of Bettlemania. His hobby is restoring vintage Volkswagen Beetles. The Nebraska man says working on a VW has a number of advantages, they're easy to repair and the parts are cheap. He's rebuilt a custom maroon 1966 Beetle and is looking forward to getting started on '62 Bug. Mooney tells a local paper (Hastings Tribune) he babys his bug. He says the restored VW doesn't go out of the garage in the winter

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