OBAMA-ICE CREAM POLITICS
ATKINSON, Ill. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is getting in his licks. Sure, there's been plenty politicking on the bus-swing through the Midwest this week. But the president is also getting to taste some of the local goodies. At DeWitt Dairy Treats in DeWitt, Iowa, Obama ordered soft-serve cones for his staff and a vanilla one for himself. He had to cut short some hand-shaking in order to get a lick in before it melted. At the Coffee Mill in one Minnesota town (Zumbrota) Obama ordered slices of apple, pumpkin, and German chocolate pie and an entire coconut cream pie.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Vanderbilt University is adding pagan and Wiccan holy days to its calendar. They'll be listed along with other religious dates like Ramadan and Passover. But school officials note only Christmas and Christmas Eve are paid university holidays. A university spokeswoman says students may request schedule accommodations for their religious beliefs. The Nashville school doesn't have an attendance policy and instead lets faculty determine whether to track absences. The Tennessean newspaper first reported the pagan holidays on the Vanderbilt calendar.
LOST AND FOUND LEG
MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- The mystery of the lost artificial leg has been solved in Wisconsin. Someone spotted a foot sticking out of the garbage. It turns out it was part of a prosthetic leg, which was turned over to police in Menasha. Officer Aaron Zemlock tells a local paper (Appleton Post-Crescent) a new homeowner contacted police about the leg. The man said the artificial leg had been left in the house he bought and he threw it away. Zemlock says for now, police will probably hold on to the prosthetic limb.
LONG TRACTOR RIDE
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) -- "Tractor" Dave can finally give his vintage machine a rest. Dave Wolfsen drove his 1937 tractor more than 4,100 miles through the Midwest. The 66-year-old Michigan man began his journey in June. He had hoped to cover 9,300 miles through 48 states. But a local paper (Muskegon Chronicle) reports Tractor Dave's trip was cut short by a lack of time and bad weather. He was trying to raise awareness and money for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee and Food Resource Bank.
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Work is pretty sweet for 20-year-old Cody Marwine. He's now the assistant chocolatier at The Perfect Truffle in Frederick, Maryland. His latest project is to develop a bacon-flavored truffle for the shop. He says they've been trying new recipes, but his boss can't eat anymore bacon chocolates. Marwine graduated from the Culinary Institute of America this spring. He tells the Frederick News-Post he hopes to run the kitchen in a fine restaurant someday.
PASO ROBLES, Calif. (AP) -- That's no hamster. A giant rodent native to South America is roaming in a city on California's Central Coast. It's a capybara. The California Department of Fish and Game estimates the creature weighs 100 to 120 pounds. A local paper (The Tribune of San Luis Obispo) reports workers at a sewage treatment plant took photos of the capybara. Officials say the one sighted was probably an illegal pet that escaped or was deliberately released. If it's spotted again, game wardens will try to trap it. The capybara is the world's largest rodent.
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