Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Bring back "Archie the Snowman." That's the plea from a couple of Ohio guys who miss the giant snowman that used to stand outside an Akron mall. The 22-foot Archie spent 35 Christmas seasons at Chapel Hill Mall, blinking his eyes and talking to kids. Dave Burkett and friend Tom Uplinger have created a Facebook page to campaign for Archie's return. But the mall owner tells the Akron Beacon Journal the original Archie is too damaged to use. Burkett and Uplinger say they can raise the few thousand dollars needed to make a new snowman. Their "Archie the Snowman" Facebook page has more than 7,000 fans.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- There's something different about Kentucky's Christmas tree this year. The state doesn't want to pick up the tab for trucking an official tree to the Capitol. So, an evergreen growing on the Capitol's front lawn will be decorated. The cost-saving measure is winning praise from environmentalists -- for saving a live tree.


HONOLULU (AP) -- Christmas is coming to Hawaii -- in the form of trees. Christmas trees have to be shipped to the 50th state from the mainland. State agriculture inspectors have screened 70 refrigerated containers of Christmas trees and wreaths. The inspectors must clear the shipments before the trees can be released for sale. Officials worry that bugs from the mainland could be introduced to Hawaii. Only six of the 70 containers were held back. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports each of the shipping containers holds up to 500 trees and dozens of wreaths.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's Sin City -- good enough to eat. An "Elf Vegas" is being made with gingerbread. It's the latest "Gingertown" creation from a Washington architecture firm. The gingerbread city involves hundreds of pounds of sweet building materials, including jelly beans, icing, sprinkles and gumdrops. It goes on view today in downtown Washington. David M. Schwarz Architects created the "Gingertown" project six years ago. After the display is taken down, individual gingerbread buildings and cash donations will go to Washington-area charities.


CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. (AP) -- Dr. Kendall Hansen has a lucky number and it's not seven. His is five. The Kentucky pain specialist is 55 years old. His racehorse wore the number five, while winning the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile earlier this month at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Of course, the race was run on November 5th. Hansen also collected about $500,000 in Pick 4 wagers on race day. Hansen tells The Kentucky Enquirer it's funny how the fives have come into play. He adds "it's crazy."


DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) -- The silver wasn't much of a disguise. Authorities in Delaware, Ohio, charge 30-year-old Brian Armstrong painted his face silver and robbed a local pharmacy. He was arrested four hours later at a mobile home park. The Delaware Gazette reports Armstrong pleaded innocent at a hearing yesterday and is being held on $100,000 bail. Police say in addition to the face-paint, Armstrong tried to throw them off with a phony 911 call. Authorities say the call was to draw police to a different part town.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.

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