MIAMI (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton knows something about taking heat. He was courtside yesterday as the Miami Heat took on the Orlando Magic. Clinton even caught a deflected ball and flipped it back onto the court. The former prez posed with fans for plenty of postgame photos. He also took a snapshot with the officiating crew. Clinton told the refs, "No one in this building, other than me, has been second-guessed more than you guys." By the way, the Heat won 90-78.
FLAWED ELECTRIC BILLS
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Imagine getting an electric bill for 300-grand? Power customers in Austin, Texas, got quite a shock when they opened their electric bills. Businesses were charged up $300,000 instead of $3,000. The Austin American-Statesman reports more than 100,000 Austin Energy customers experienced the problem. That's about one-in-four. Utility officials blame IBM for a glitch in the bill collection system. IBM says it can handle the problem and will meet its obligations.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Some visitors to the Kansas City Zoo got an unexpected surprise. Two gorillas escaped and the visitors were hustled into a safe area yesterday afternoon. Zoo officials say two of their five gorillas got out and roamed into a non-public feeding area. The zoo visitors were quarantined for about a-half hour before being allowed to leave. No one was hurt. The zoo keepers are still trying to figure out how the gorillas left their habitat.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- Ninth-grader Lilly Brown is out to save the world. But it's a dirty job. She's been sorting garbage and weighing it at Iowa's Prairie Point Middle School and Ninth Grade Academy. She wants the school to create a compost pile for food waste from the cafeteria. Lilly tells a local paper (The Gazette) that composting is an easy thing to do help the environment. Kids are now separating their trash, but Lilly is still looking for a site for the compost pile.
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) -- Janine Mahan wants your old pillow cases and sheets. But not for a bed. Mahan is a volunteer for Dress a Girl. The group makes dresses out of old bed linens for impoverished girls around the world. Mahan recently held a sew-a-long at the Cornerstone Church in Cheshire, Connecticut. Six women volunteered three hours to sewing and bagging dozens of dresses. Mahan says tells a local paper (Record-Journal of Meriden) something about the need for dresses spoke to her.
ICE SCULPTURES VANDALIZED
LITITZ, Pa. (AP) -- It's a cold crime. Organizers of a central Pennsylvania winter festival report someone smashed six ice sculptures. Officials say the sculptures ranged from one of fire to a high-heeled shoe. They were ruined just hours before the crowds were expected at the Lititz Fire and Ice Festival. Organizers say the sculptures were unguarded, because it's been years since they've had any similar problems. A local paper (Lancaster Sunday News) reports police are checking security video.
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