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GIANT PUMPKIN

BANGOR, Wash. (AP) -- Mark Murphy has big hopes for his really big pumpkin. Come Saturday, Murphy will learn just how his monster pumpkin stacks up against the competition. The Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers will be holding their weigh-in just north of Seattle. Murphy tells a local paper (Kitsap Sun) he has a secret recipe for giant gourds. He says he and his partner Sunshine Ruiz keep their pumpkin warm and feed it a soup of fish heads, molasses and gypsum. He figures the pumpkin weighs about 1,100 pounds.

BIKE RIDER TICKETED

DETROIT (AP) -- Sean Harrington got a $110 ticket -- for going the wrong way on a one-way street. But he wasn't driving. The Detroit business owner was on his bike and had his 3-year-old twins in a bike trailer. Harrington tells WDIV-TV and the Detroit Free Press he was on the sidewalk, but some people were in the way. So, he pulled into the street. He was also cited for parental neglect. Harrington calls the charge "absolutely ludicrous." He's due in court next month. The officer who cited him says there was heavy traffic due to a baseball game. The officer adds bicyclists must follow traffic laws.

UFO SIGHTING-FALSE ALARM

OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Little green men aren't flying these UFO's. A bunch of high school kids are responsible. Someone in the Ogden, Utah, area called 9-1-1 last weekend with a UFO report. Other people stopped their cars to watch the lights in the sky. But there's an earthly explanation for the light show. Some juniors at Bonneville High School say they launched Chinese lanterns after their homecoming dance. The Standard-Examiner reports the kids got the idea from the Disney movie "Tangled." Small candles give the paper lanterns their glow and the hot air keeps them aloft.

DIRTY DANCING

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) -- Students at a Massachusetts high school have to clean up their dirty dancing. Administrators at Monument Mountain Regional High in Great Barrington say they won't schedule any more dances until there's an understanding on dance moves. Students walked out of a freshman welcoming dance last weekend. They were told they couldn't do any grinding. Principal Marianne Young tells The Berkshire Eagle the suggestive dancing was "completely inappropriate for a high school cafeteria." Young has scheduled a meeting with the student senate to discuss the issue.

DETROIT LIONS-GO PINK

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions are in the pink -- and not just because of their 4-and-0 record. Ford Field will be filled with fans twirling bright pink towels during Monday night's game against the rival Chicago Bears. It's all part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is supplying 50,000 pink towels. Blue Cross officials say the idea is to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screenings.

GUITAR DEFENSE

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- John Marc Mayhew will face the legal music -- thanks to a man armed with a guitar. Police charge Mayhew tried to break into a Manassas, Va., home. But the man who lives there bashed him with the first thing handy -- the guitar. A local paper (News and Messenger) reports Mayhew passed out after getting hit with the instrument. Mayhew now faces a number of charges, including unlawful entry and assault on a law enforcement officer.

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