Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

HEINZ-KETCHUP PACKETS

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Soon you'll be able to take those ketchup packets home -- and you don't have to steal from your favorite burger joint. Heinz is selling its new ketchup packets in grocery stores for the first time. The company recently redesigned the classic packet after years of complaints. People said they were too messy or held too little. The new "Dip and Squeeze" packets hold three times the ketchup. The top can be peeled off for dipping, or the end ripped off for squeezing. Packs of 10 will sell for about two bucks at supermarkets and other retailers.

PRICEY HOUSE

VERMILION, Ohio (AP) -- It's a lakefront home with a million dollar view. Make that 19 and a-half mil. A unique home is on the market in Vermilion, Ohio, on Lake Eire. It's 38,000 square feet in separate pods connected by glass corridors. For nearly 20 million bucks you get a wine grotto, sauna, two passenger elevators and a ballet room. There's even a two-car garage with a rotating floor. That way you never have to back out. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports the home was built for the late Donald Brown, inventor of the drop ceiling.

YANKEE STADIUM HOTEL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Soon, you might be able to stay at Yankee Stadium. Officials in the Bronx are hoping to put a hotel and conference center near the Yankee's home. A stadium parking lot is now on the site. Condos, shops and a high-end penthouse restaurant are all part of the plan. Officials in the New York City borough are inviting proposals from developers. It's hoped a new Yankee Stadium hotel would attract visiting teams and tourists.

DRUNKEN TRACTOR RIDE

OHIOVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Driving a lawn tractor while drunk is still drunk driving. That's what police in Ohioville, Pennsylvania, are saying. According to officers, Mark Grove told them he had been drinking and asked for a ride home. He got a ride all right -- to jail. Officers say he had a coffee mug filled with beer. They charge Grove also kicked an officer and head-butted a squad-car partition. The Beaver County Times reports Grove is now charged with assaulting an officer and drunken-driving.

SAILING JOURNEY

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- No luxury cruise for Matt Rutherford. He's trying to sail a small boat around the Americas. He's three months into his voyage and figures he has another seven to go. Rutherford's 27-foot boat doesn't have room to stand. He says it's like living in a small, wet cave -- that's always moving. So why do it? He wants to raise money for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating -- known as CRAB. Rutherford tells The Capital of Annapolis, Maryland, that every day at sea is one of small victories and defeats.

SKY GRAFFITI

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's tagging -- in the sky. A Los Angeles graffiti artist is protesting the city's crackdown on tagging and street art. The artist goes by the name of Saber. He says he hired five pilots to sky write his messages in a cloudless sky over city hall yesterday. One said "End Mural Moratorium," and the other, "Art Is Not A Crime." Saber charges on his blog the city is removing public murals.

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