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Mad Minute stories for Monday, November 23rd

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- An Amish man turned heads as he whizzed by fellow runners at a recent marathon - not because of his speed but because of his unusual racing attire.
Twenty-two-year-old Leroy Stolzfus finished the 26.2-mile Harrisburg Marathon on Nov. 8 in just over three hours and five minutes, all while wearing his community's traditional clothing, Pennlive.com reported.
Stolzfus said he's used to running in slacks and suspenders, and he believes he would have run closer to a three-hour marathon if he hadn't started out so fast.
"I was feeling good, but I kind of almost crashed at mile 15," Stolzfus said.
His clothes were not a factor, the Gordonville resident insists, and he did wear sneakers.
"I had no pain whatsoever," Stolzfus said. "It was more mental anguish than in my legs. You have to train yourself not to think about it. It will just slow you down. I was once told by someone that it's 20 percent training and 80 percent mental. I do believe that."
Stolzfus, who finished under a minute short of a Boston Marathon qualifying time for his age group, said he turns to running whenever he's tempted to sin.
After getting "involved with some stuff" he said shouldn't have, Stolzfus was introduced to running by his brother-in-law.
Unlike most runners, Stolzfus doesn't run every day. But he makes a point to get in at least 20 miles a week.
"It's a natural talent, but I do a lot more training than I used to," Stolzfus said.
The future is uncertain for Stolzfus, but he said he is interested in running an ultramarathon and of course attempting to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities say a man has been taken into custody after swinging a samurai sword inside an Apple store in Manhattan.
It happened shortly after 4 p.m. Friday at a store on Fifth Avenue near 59th Street.
A police spokesman says the man appeared to be emotionally disturbed. Officials say there were no reported injuries.
A video posted on social media appeared to show the man swinging a sword while walking down a staircase inside the store.
An Apple spokesman confirmed the incident, but declined to comment further.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A portrait of former mayor and two-time felon Buddy Cianci was unveiled at City Hall, and Cianci couldn't resist telling a one-liner referring to his criminal past.
"It's not the first time I've been framed," Cianci cracked Thursday to an overflow crowd of cheering supporters.
The portrait includes references to some of Cianci's triumphs as Providence mayor, including a book about the Providence Renaissance, when the city's downtown was revitalized. It also shows Cianci with a full head of hair. He was known for wearing a toupee in office but now refers to it as "the squirrel."
Cianci, who spent 21 years in office and is the city's longest-serving mayor, noted he had only been back to City Hall once since he left office in 2002 and that was a brief visit to register to vote. He said after the ceremony that Thursday's visit filled him with nostalgia.
"For some reason, it looks smaller," he said.
Cianci was forced from office twice, first in 1984, when he pleaded no contest to assaulting a man with a fireplace log, an ashtray and a lit cigarette. His second administration ended in 2002 with a 4 1/2-year federal prison term for racketeering conspiracy. He attempted a comeback bid for mayor as an independent last year but lost to Jorge Elorza, a Democrat and political novice.
City Hall already featured portraits of all the mayors before Cianci. The Cianci portrait was privately funded and presented during a ceremony sponsored by the city archivist's office. Elorza was notably absent. A spokesman said he was invited but had a scheduling conflict.
When asked what Elorza thought about hanging Cianci's portrait in City Hall, spokesman Evan England first referred calls to the archivist and the City Council. When pressed for Elorza's opinion about it, England did not comment.
City reference archivist Britni Gorman said the office was focused on tradition and was not concerned about Cianci's criminal history.
"For us, it doesn't matter," Gorman said. "We carry the tradition of putting up these portraits."
The celebration came to an abrupt end when Cianci, 74, was overcome by the heat in the packed room and had to sit down. An ambulance was called as a precaution, and Cianci was hospitalized briefly Thursday night.
His former campaign manager, Cyd McKenna, said he did not collapse or lose consciousness.
"He was just hot and understandably woozy," she said. "He's fine."
Cianci, who hosts a daily talk radio show, was treated for cancer last year.

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EUREKA, Calif. (AP) -- A red panda is missing on California's far north coast.
The tiny creature named Masala disappeared from the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka sometime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday.
Zoo manager Gretchen Ziegler tells the Times-Standard newspaper that anyone who spots the 1 1/2-year-old panda should not approach it but try not to lose sight of it and call the zoo or police.
Ziegler says the biggest threat to Masala would be cars or an animal that preys on small animals. Red pandas are about the size of house cats but have big tails.
It's unclear how the panda disappeared. Ziegler says the enclosure seems secure, but zookeepers are watching the exhibit's three other pandas.
Red pandas are native to Nepal, Myanmar and China.

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MOUNT JOY, Pa. (AP) -- A central Pennsylvania woman accused of running a prostitution service out of her home says she charged only for massages, and that any sex that occurred with clients afterward was just "free fun."
Thirty-two-year-old Crystal Sweigart faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 18 on charges she was operating illegally.
But the Mount Joy woman, who posted ads offering "massage and stress relief" says she charged $50 for massages, but didn't solicit payment for sex.
She says anything that happened when the massage stopped becomes two consenting adults having fun. Sweigart went on to explain that she's simply an "open-minded, sexual person who connected with men who were unfulfilled."
Police have also charged a man and another woman who, they say, operated a Craigslist page used to advertise for Sweigart's clients.

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NATICK, Mass. (AP) -- Police say a Massachusetts man has been arrested with a gym bag stuffed with 33 pounds of cocaine worth $1.5 million.
The MetroWest Daily News reports that 30-year-old Rafael R. Guzman, of Malden, was arrested Wednesday and pleaded not guilty Thursday to a cocaine trafficking charge in Natick District Court.
State police say they were conducting surveillance at the Natick rest stop on the Massachusetts Turnpike when they saw Guzman arrive alone, enter the food court, buy food and sit down with another man who had the bag under the table. Police say when Guzman left, he took the bag with him. Police say they also found $15,000 in cash in his car.
Guzman was held on $500,000 bail.
His lawyer questioned the legality of the search.
State police and the district attorney didn't immediately return calls seeking information on the other man in the transfer.

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MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Not even labor pains could keep Tommitrise Collins from completing a college exam, and a photo of her working on the online test from her hospital bed made her a social media sensation.
Media outlets report that Collins was hours away from giving birth at a Macon hospital on Nov. 12 when her sister snapped the picture. In it, Collins wears a green hospital gown and focuses on her laptop.
She says she wasn't about to ask her Middle Georgia State University instructor to take the test later.
She says her contractions were three minutes apart when she started. The exam had to be turned in by 8 p.m. Her daughter, Tyler Elise, was born at 9:19.
Collins says this degree will be her second. She plans a career as a forensic scientist.

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A woman from China who's been missing for 10 years has been found safe. 
Xiao Yun's family assumed she was dead, but it turns out she's been living in Internet cafes in a nearby city. 
Yun was 14-years-old when she got into an argument with her mother and ran away from home. 
Now, at 24-years-old, she was finally reunited with her parents after a police officer found her using a fake ID in the city of Hengdian, about 100 miles from her family's home. 
When police questioned her, Yun admitted she had been living and sometimes working in different Internet cafes, often begging for food and playing online video games for hours.

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Pageant judges have crowned a new winner of Zimbabwe's 4th annual "Mister Ugly" contest, upsetting supporters of the crowd favorite who called the winner too handsome and prompting rioting at the event.
Judges on Saturday chose 42-year-old Mison Sere, citing his numerous missing front teeth and a wide range of grotesque facial expressions, over William Masvinu, who had held the title since 2012.
Masvinu and his supporters mobbed the judges upon hearing their decision, claiming that Sere was "too handsome" to win and his ugliness wasn't natural since it was based on missing teeth.
"I am naturally ugly. He is not. He is ugly only when he opens his mouth," maintained Masvinu, gesturing at his rival.
"Do we have to lose our teeth to win? This is cheating," shouted another contestant, Patrick Mupereki. While no one was injured, there was a great deal of pushing and shoving as the results were announced and insults were hurled at the judges.
Beauty pageants are popular in this southern African country and even though they are typically for women, scandal is not unusual. Earlier this year, Miss Zimbabwe winner Emily Kachote faced a backlash on social media, with Zimbabweans calling her ugly and undeserving of the crown.
She was later forced to step down when just two weeks into her reign, images surfaced of her posing nude - which incidentally also brought down her predecessor.
Sere dismissed the critics as just "sore losers" as he pocketed the $500 in winnings.
"They should just accept that I am uglier than them," he said. "I hope to get a TV contract. I already moved around schools performing and showcasing my ugliness so this is a chance to make it on TV."
The complaints of Masvinu and the other contestants may have a degree of validity. Organizers had previously announced that disabilities or enhancements would not be accepted in the competition which should focus on "natural ugliness."
Pageant organizer David Machowa originally told the Associated Press that he began the contest to remove the stigma of ugliness. "Looks are God given. We should all be proud of who we are."
The pageant involved three rounds of modelling, with individual and group struts down a catwalk of a Harare nightclub.
"Sere made tremendous effort to enhance his ugliness by pulling facial stunts," said judge Abigail Mataranyika, a university student. "Masvinu thought he is so ugly that he didn't need to try hard. That cost him the crown."
This year's competition attracted a record number of 36 entries, compared to just five in 2012 when Masvinu began his winning streak. The competition was suspended in 2014 due to a lack of sponsorship, but this year the owners of a string of Harare nightclubs donated $1,000.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The National Weather Service says an instrument that fell from the sky, prompting a Philadelphia bomb squad response, weighed about a pound and had been launched with a weather balloon about 165 miles away.
Mitchell Gaines, of the weather service in Mount Holly, New Jersey, says the instrument called a radiosonde took off Saturday from the agency's office in Sterling, Virginia. High winds carried it to Philadelphia.
Radiosondes are sent up by balloons, taking and transmitting measurements to their home stations as they ascend. When the balloon reaches a certain altitude it pops, and the instrument floats to the ground. It has a postage-paid mailbag inside so finders can return it.
Philly.com reports a bomb squad responded when the radiosonde fell from the sky in northeast Philadelphia and struck a vehicle.
 

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