Monday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

CAR CRUSHED

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) -- It was monster van versus small car. Deputies in Charlotte County, Florida, charge a man crushed a small car with his huge van. According to authorities, the 5-foot tires on the van smashed the car after driving over it several times. The sheriff's office says security guards identified the van's driver, who was arrested at a campsite. The driver has been charged with felony criminal mischief.

HIGH SCHOOL CHEFS

HUSSER, La. (AP) -- Five budding chefs are learning about cooking -- from the ground up. They're Louisiana high school students, who are being paid to learn at a working farm and hunting resort. The students grow, cook and serve food at the Covey Rise Lodge. Lauren Fendlason says she's cooking vegetables she's never even seen before. A local paper (Daily Star) reports the students hope the experience will lead to jobs in the restaurant industry.

COFFEE CUP SELF-DEFENSE

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- Slugged with a mug. Police in southwestern Pennsylvania report a homeowner used a coffee mug to defend himself. Officers in South Strabane say a thief pulled a knife. The homeowner then smacked the guy with a mug. Police tell the Observer-Reporter they're now looking for a crook with a gash in his forehead.

BATHROOM BREAKS

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Go where you are -- when you have to go. That's the message for some city workers in North Providence, Rhode Island. Mayor Charles Lombardi says Department of Public Works employees are wasting time and money to take bathroom breaks. He says the workers are returning to headquarters when they need to go. Lombardi tells The Providence Journal the employees could use restrooms at fire stations, the library or a senior center, instead. Lombardi adds that city trucks are left idling while workers use the facilities.

MEMPHIS BELLE

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- An old gal is getting a makeover. Crews in Ohio are restoring the Memphis Belle, a famed B-17 bomber from World War II. The bomber flew 25 crucial missions over Europe during the war, a rare accomplishment at the time. Volunteers and staff members are scraping paint and hand-crafting long out-of-production parts. Restorer Duane Jones tells the Dayton Daily News that it's an honor to work on such a famous plane. The Memphis Belle will go on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

VINYL RECORDS

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- CDs? MP3? Not for Melvin Dillon. He's a vinyl kind of guy. Dillon collects vintage vinyl records. It's not that he hates all things digital. He just prefers hearing music the old fashioned way. He tells the Lexington, Kentucky, Herald-Leader that music sounds warmer on records -- pops, crackles and all. He's also making vintage vinyl-to-be. He's formed Soul Step Records, which releases only vinyl records.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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