LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No need for E-T to phone home. That brilliant bright light seen streaking in the Southwestern last night isn't a UFO. A NASA scientist says the fireball was most likely a fragment of an asteroid that entered Earth's atmosphere. Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Program, figures the object was about the size of a basketball or baseball, and disintegrated before it reached the ground. He says it happens fairly frequently. People from Phoenix to Las Vegas to the Southern California coast reported the light moving quickly from west to east.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- It's an old tradition -- going cold. Students at the University of Virginia's historic campus won't be allowed to light their fireplaces. U.Va. inspectors have found cracks in more than 100 chimneys at the Thomas Jefferson-designed Academical Village. Officials at the Charlottesville school are considering options including repairs or a permanent ban on fireplace use. There are accounts in old U.Va. yearbooks of Edgar Allan Poe breaking up furniture and burning it in his fireplace in 1826.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Artist Phoenix Feeley has to keep her top on -- at least while at the Jersey shore. A New Jersey state appeals court has ruled against Feeley's challenge to a town's public nudity law. She was fined 750 bucks for sunbathing topless at the Spring Lake beach. Feeley once won a $29,000 judgment from New York City, after she was charged with going topless in the Big Apple. In ruling against Feeley, the New Jersey court said the government has a role in "safeguarding the public's moral sensibilities."
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- It's eight-point-nine for 89. Omar McGrew has celebrated his 89th birthday by walking 8.9 miles. The central Kentucky senior is no stranger to long distances on foot. He ran his last marathon at age 70. He says his legs forced him to stop running at 82. So, McGrew started walking. He does five miles a day, five days a week. He tells a local paper (The News-Enterprise) he hopes to keep up the pace for at least another year.
DOG DENTAL WORK
LAYTON, Utah (AP) -- Mojo, the K-9 cop, is getting his bite back. Utah dentist Scott Neil gave Mojo four gold crowns and a root canal. Neil just charged the Davis County Sheriff's Office the cost of materials. Mojo had his dental appointment earlier this month, and was back to work within days. A local paper (Standard-Examiner) reports there were a few surprised patients in the waiting room, as Mojo left the dentist's office.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Pitching greats Vida Blue, Tommy John, Gaylord Perry and Tom Seaver have something in common besides fastballs. They've all had a hand in painting a mural titled "Champions." Maryland artist Vince Perez is behind the project. He gave the pitchers some instruction and they pitched in. The Capital of Annapolis reports the mural will be unveiled in New York City this month and will tour the country to benefit the USO. "Champions" features three runners in red, white and blue with an eagle in the background.
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