BOSTON (AP) -- It's chowdah time! Armed with bowls and spoons, more 6,000 people chowed down at the 31st annual Chowderfest in Boston yesterday. Area restaurants are competing for the title of "Best Chowder in Boston." Chowders varied from thin and soupy to thick and creamy. Anthem Kitchen + Bar receives top billing for its take on the classic comfort food. Hyatt Harborside Grill finished second. Chowderfest is part of Boston Harborfest, which runs through Wednesday.
BOYS FOR PONIES
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- What a way to spend a weekend. Dozens of "bronies," men dressed in brightly colored costumes, were among 4,000 My Little Pony fans who attended "BronyCon." Bronies are guys who like the cartoon "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," based on the 1980s cartoon series. They insist there's nothing weird about their passion for a show geared mainly to girls. They say they're fans because of great stories, characters and animation.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- It's a trashy thing to do. Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, report they're searching for two women who tried to rob a Dunkin Donuts while wearing trash bags. KRQE-TV reports the would-be bandits walked into the doughnut shop near the University of New Mexico. But store owner Greg Beliveau says the cashier recognized the two women. They had come in moments earlier to buy doughnuts and to borrow the cashier's phone to call a cab. Police say the women escaped in a cab after being chased out of the shop by the cashier.
MORA, N.M. (AP) -- Panties in a patrol car have gotten a deputy in trouble. According to New Mexico State Police, a Mora County Sheriff's deputy has admitted to stealing a pair of women's panties from a home while on duty. KRQE-TV reports Deputy Mathew Borrego fessed up to taking the green undies after another employee spotted the panties in a patrol car. A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office says that issue was uncovered during an investigation of the sheriff.
ZOMBIES ON CAMPUS
DETROIT (AP) -- Dozens of Michigan State students have survived a zombie pandemic this summer. Or at least a class about one. "Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse -- Catastrophes and Human Behavior" was taught by Glenn Stutzky in the School of Social Work. He says there's a serious side to studying zombies. Stutzky notes his class is really about how human behavior changes after catastrophes.
OTIS, Mass. (AP) -- Ken Packie is an artist -- with a chainsaw. He says he saw a demonstration of the technique in 2005 and something just clicked. He gone from being an overworked telecom technician to becoming a world champion chainsaw sculptor. In about a day, he transforms a hunk of wood into an owl or a fox. Many of Packie's cravings remain in western Massachusetts, where he lives. But he tells the Berkshire Eagle he's also getting international attention thanks to competitions in Germany and Canada.
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