KAL PENN-CONVENTION LAUGHS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Kal Penn was getting the laughs last night at the Democratic convention. The star of the "Harold and Kumar" movies has served in the White House and as a volunteer for President Barack Obama's campaign. Penn told the crowd that he's "honored" to accept the nomination for President of the United States. Then he asked the Teleprompter guy to bring up the right speech. He also thanked the "invisible man in the chair" for all he's done for the country. It was a jab at Clint Eastwood's rant during the Republican convention.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Getting stoners up and out to vote might seem like a losing proposition. But supporters of pot cafes in the Netherlands are trying to do just that. Next week's Dutch election could determine the fate of new regs that would snuff out sale of pot and hash at Amsterdam's coffee houses. One slogan being used is, "Don't let your vote go up in smoke!" Supporters of restrictions say open pot sales contribute to crime. But those want to keep Amsterdam high claim the free-wheeling cafes attract tourists.
LOTTERY WINNER TWICE
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) -- Some people have all the luck -- and Joe Lanoce is one of them. The Connecticut man has won his state's lottery twice this summer. First, he got a ten-grand jackpot. Then, he won another for $25,000. Lanoce says it's a good thing his wife needed milk. That's because he picked up his latest winning lotto ticket while he ran the errand. Lanoce says both jackpots will go toward his daughter's college education.
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- Scott Robb can make slew of slaw -- thanks to his world record cabbage. He wins the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off at the Alaska State Fair. Robb's monster head tips the scale at more than 138 pounds. That beats the old record by 11 pounds. In a picture posted on the fair's website, the cabbage looks more like a green boulder than a veggie.
TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) -- This will put a smile on even the crabbiest seafood lover. A new record is being claimed for the world's largest crabcake. The 300-pound monster was served at the Maryland State Fair over the weekend by Handy International. The record still has to be certified by the Guinness people. The company set the previous crabcake record with a 253-pounder in 2009. The latest giant crabcake benefits the Special Olympics and the Maryland 4-H Foundation. About 200 pounds of crab meat along with eggs, breading and seasoning went into the crabcake. That's nearly 1,600 crabs.
MATTAWAN, Mich. (AP) -- Sure, a guy named Doolittle finds a gator in Michigan. That was the reaction when Terry Doolittle called authorities to say he discovered an alligator while mowing his lawn. He says officials thought he was pulling a Dr. Doolittle prank -- you know -- the guy who could talk to animals. But an animal rescue worker finally came out to his house and pulled out the gator that was trapped in a basement window well. Authorities figure the west Michigan gator is someone's escaped pet.
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