Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

COLOMBIA-GIANT ESCALATOR

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- For generations, the 12,000 residents of one of the poorest neighborhoods in Medellin, Colombia, have had to climb hundreds of large steps just to get to their homes.

Their neighborhood clings to a steep hillside. Authorities say climbing those steps is the same as going up a 28-story building.

But the climbing is over. City officials yesterday unveiled a giant outdoor escalator.

The mayor says it's the first massive, outdoor public escalator for use by residents of a poor area. He says he hasn't heard of any similar project elsewhere in the world.

The electric stairway is in six sections. There's one going up, and another going down. What's currently a 35-minute hike up the hillside will now be shortened to six minutes.

One woman who lives in the neighborhood says it's a "dream come true."

NBA FANS-HUMPHRIES

WASHINGTON (AP) -- NBA fans are giving a former reality TV star their own dose of reality.

Kris Humphries, the basketball player whose short-lived marriage to Kim Kardashian was chronicled on TV, was booed by fans in Washington as his visiting New Jersey Nets were introduced for last night's season-opening game against the Wizards.

He heard it from the crowd again whenever he touched the ball. And the booing got the loudest when he was about to try a free throw in the first quarter.

And that's the only time he heard cheers -- when his shot clanged off the rim.

NATIVITY GOAT FLEES

FERGUS FALLS, Minn.(AP) -- Show business isn't for everyone.

A 3-year-old Angora goat was supposed to have a supporting role in a Nativity scene at a Minnesota church. Instead, the goat escaped its leash and made off for greener pastures.

The wayward goat has been spotted several times since then, but police haven't been able to collar it. Its owner says he tried to chase it for about two hours, but that it's hard to track a goat if there's no snow on the ground.

According to a newspaper in Fergus Falls, the man also provided a llama and two puppies for the service. And they apparently had no objections.

FACEBOOK-MARKET BURGLARY

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Facebook post has landed a Pennsylvania teen in jail.

Police say the 18-year-old is accused of burglarizing a local market with three other teens. They say he then posted pictures on his Facebook page showing him and his friends mugging with some of the loot.

A police detective says one of the kids had 200 Facebook "friends" -- including some relatives who became suspicious and called the police.

MOTORCYCLE-SNOWMOBILE JUMP

LONGVILLE, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota man is hoping to extend his world record for longest snowmobile jump, by jumping more than the length of a football field.

Levi LaVallee is from the town of Longville, appropriately enough.

He set the current record last year with a jump of 361 feet. But he crashed on a subsequent jump, fracturing ribs, vertebrae and his pelvis.

That hasn't dissuaded him from wanting to try again. The 29-year-old will attempt another jump Saturday in San Diego. He'll be jumping side-by-side with Robbie Maddison, an Australian who'll be trying to break the world record for longest motorcycle jump at 391 feet.

LaVallee's mother tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press she's "totally nervous." She says she's always a little bit uncomfortable when her son is falling out of the sky.

GOOSE PATROL DOG

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Fern may not be able to retire just yet, even though she's getting on in years. She's just too good at what she does.

An assistant city manager in Little Rock, Ark., had considered retiring the 12-year-old border collie, whose job is to keep the geese away at a local golf course.

But then, officials started getting calls about a similar problem in a neighboring city. Bryan Day tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he's been hearing from people wanting him to loan the dog to North Little Rock.

After she started work at the golf course in 2001, Fern chased the geese away within a year. Since then, she hasn't really had to chase any. Just the fact that she's there, lounging around or riding on a golf cart, is enough to keep a goose from landing.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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