Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

FIRE TWIRLER

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Megan McGeary is hot. So, hot she sometimes gets signed. She's a flaming baton twirler at the University of Oklahoma. The junior will do routines with three burning batons. But there are risks when playing or practicing with fire. McGeary admits she burns her arms a lot and singes her hair, too. But McGeary says she stills wants to step up her game. She tells the Oklahoman newspaper she might try twirling four flaming batons simultaneously.

CITIES NAMED FRED

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) -- Sisters-in-law Nancy Lutton and Charlotte Williams are really into Fred. Not a guy, but cities with "Fred" in the name. This Thanksgiving they visited Frederick, South Dakota. It's an annual tradition for them. They got the idea after separate trips to Frederick, Maryland and Fredericksburg, Texas. Now, they've made seven Fred visits together. They tell the American News of Aberdeen, South Dakota, a Fred trip isn't official until they have a picture taken in front of the local post office.

WEIGHT LOSS-TEXTING

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- You can lose a lot of weight working out -- with just your thumbs. Researchers at Temple University have found that text messaging helps to reinforce fitness and nutrition goals. Melissa Crenshaw agrees. The busy Montgomery, Alabama, mom says a text message reminder provides added motivation to get to the gym or take her kids for a walk. She tells a local paper (Montgomery Advertiser) she returns the favor by sending an encouraging text to a friend.

RADIO MAN

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) -- No iPod or digital music player for John Allen. He likes his entertainment old school -- as in old radios. The Maryland industrial physicist has a collection of about 200 radios. He even broadcasts recorded 1930s radio shows, so he can listen to vintage programs on a vintage set. Allen says the biggest problem with the old radios is not using them. He tells a local paper (Daily Times of Salisbury) the components can go bad if the radios aren't turned on every few months.

PRISON VISITOR SEARCHED

MERCER, Pa. (AP) -- You might want to leave your stash at home -- if you're visiting someone in prison. Pennsylvania troopers charge David Fritz Senior with having pot and a pipe. Authorities say Fritz was searched when visiting his adult son, who's doing time at a state prison. According to officials, a drug-sniffing dog alerted guards to the pocketed pot.

DISTRICT LIBRARIES-FINES

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The D.C. Public Library is giving forgetful book borrowers a break. The library system in the nation's capital is offering amnesty for overdue fines. Library patrons can clear their record under the "Check It In" program. The library will forgive fines on overdue, lost or damaged books, CDs, DVDs, and other materials. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper says the idea to get people back into the libraries. The amnesty program runs through February 5.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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