Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Hollywood star is getting a facelift. But the luminary in question isn't a she or even a he. This star is the Hollywood sign. The sign was rebuilt 35 years ago. Starting today, it will be stripped down to sheet metal, primed and given a new coat of white paint. It will take 10 weeks. Here's a bit of trivia. When the sign was first built in the early 1920s, it read "Hollywoodland." It promoted a real estate development.


BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- If you're going to smoke pot in your dorm room -- better get rid of the felony weight first. Authorities in Idaho report busting a Boise State student. Police say they were responding to report of a strong smell of pot. According to authorities, 21-year-old Anthony M. Iniguez had a lot more than a couple of joints. Police say he had more than two pounds of weed in his dorm room. He was arrested on a felony trafficking charge. Four others in the room were ticketed for frequenting a place where drugs are sold.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Someone dropped a dime on a suspected drunk driver. But authorities say the person making the call was the driver himself. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, reports Antonio Candelaria called police after getting his foot stuck in his motorcycle. Responding officers say Candelaria was in his driveway, lying on the ground. Police charge that his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. He was busted for drunken driving. Court records show Candelaria has a long list of DWI arrests and a handful of convictions.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It was a World War II super weapon -- and it's returning to San Francisco. A massive cannon is being installed in the fortifications that once guarded the Golden Gate Bridge and the entrance to San Francisco Bay. The nearly 70-foot-long gun had been on the battleship Missouri. It's the same type that protected the U.S. coastlines during the war. The cannon could fire a shell about the weight of Volkswagen beetle 25 miles out to sea. The fortifications are now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Retired park ranger John Martini is glad the site is being restored. He tells the San Francisco Chronicle, "a gun battery without a gun would be like a railroad museum without a locomotive."


NEW YORK (AP) -- Red Lobster isn't just for the seafood lover in you. It's also for the chicken lover. The Red Lobster chain is giving its menu a makeover. In addition to chicken, the chain is adding more salad and vegetable options. Red Lobster has been struggling in recent months. In an effort to boost business, the chain is increasing the number of lower-priced and lower-calorie selections, too. The new menu is being rolled out in a couple of weeks.


GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) -- Dirty dancing is a no-no at Michigan's Grand Blanc High School. About half the 1,500 students at the recent homecoming dance left over new rules. The dancers must be face-to-face. Principal Jennifer Hammond says the dance moves were "getting pretty bad" and they had do to something. She tells MLive.com students knew about the new rules concerning inappropriate dancing. Sophomore Kelsey Rodriguez says the rules are too strict and don't take into account how kids dance today.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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