Monday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

BAY TO BREAKERS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- About 40,000 people signed up for the 101st Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco yesterday. But not all the runners were wearing shorts. A few decided to travel light for the seven and a-half mile race -- wearing only their sneakers and socks. Others dressed in some pretty strange get-ups, including penguins, pieces of fruit and superheroes. The colorful characters are a Bay to Breakers tradition. Police report 19 arrests, but didn't provide the details. In in recent years, police have cracked down on runners drinking during the competition.

MIDDLE AGED SOFTBALL PITCHER

PHOENIX (AP) -- Thirty-seven-year-old Gina VanArsdall is a hard working mother of four. And she's a hard throwing pitcher, too. She's one of the nation's top collegiate softball pitchers. VanArsdall post posted a 26-5 record this season, to help Phoenix College reach the National Junior College Division II Softball World Series. Catcher Desirea Gil tells The Arizona Republic VanArsdall is "better than girls half her age." VanArsdall says after being a stay at home mom, she decided to pursue a degree in nursing. Her teammates even have a nickname for her, "Mama Bear."

UNLIMITED TIME OFF

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- How's this for a job: all the vacation you want, work for as long you like and however often you want to show up. It's not some slacker's fantasy, but the policy at the SmallBox Web marketing agency. CEO Jeb Banner says he wants his employees to be free. SmallBox Design Director Lydia Whitehead is taking advantage of the unlimited time-off policy -- but not abusing it. She works 32 hours a week, so she can pursue a master's degree. She tells the Indianapolis Business Journal everyone works together to make sure the job gets done.

SENIOR FIREFIGHTER

GARYSBURG, NC (AP) -- Don't try telling Lester Greenwood Junior that fighting fires is a job for a young person. At age 81, Greenwood answers the fire bell every time it rings. Greenwood has been part of the Garysburg Volunteer Fire Department since it was officially chartered by the state of North Carolina in 1979. Greenwood says he might not be able to pull the hose, but his experience can help his fellow firefighters. He tells a local paper (Daily Herald) that fighting fires is a passion that's hard to ignore, no matter how tired he gets.

RECORD ATTEMPT-BICYCLISTS

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) -- It was one long line of bike riders. Nearly 1,200 people are hoping to pedal their way into the Guinness record book. A line of 1,188 bike riders formed a single file, to ride along Lake Tahoe's south shore near the California-Nevada state line. Some riders were even on unicycles and tricycles. Others wore costumes, dressed as fruit, animals or superheroes. The current record for the longest single line of bicycles is 916, set in October of 2010.

PRANK-SUSPENSION REDUCED

COTTLEVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Andrew Altomare will get to graduate with his high school class. A suspension for a senior prank has been reduced from five days to two. So, Andrew will return to school tomorrow and will graduate with his classmates. The suburban St. Louis student covered part of Francis Howell Central High with about 4,000 Post-It notes. He apologized. His family is thanking the district for lessening the punishment.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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