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Mad Minute stories for Thursday, December 3rd

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LORENCE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man has been sentenced to three years in prison after being accused of assaulting two men with a nail-spiked piece of lumber during an argument over hot dogs.
According to The TimesDaily, Florence police Detective Justin Wright says 66-year-old George Weakley "Old School" Rhodes Jr. was drinking alcohol with two men in June when one of them refused to share hot dogs with the others.
Wright says the argument turned violent, and Rhodes injured the two men with a piece of lumber with a nail in it. Both men were hospitalized and later released.
Rhodes pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault. He previously served a five-year sentence for manslaughter.

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MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man called in a bomb threat to a courthouse in order to avoid a court date.
A criminal complaint shows that 37-year-old Oran Orval Dawsey was charged Monday with making threats to destroy a building using an explosive device. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that the Moore Justice Center in Brevard County received a telephone threat the morning of Sept. 22. Investigators later determined that Dawsey missed a court appearance that day for a criminal case that could have led to possible prison time. Authorities say Dawsey was arrested Oct. 1 and admitted that he called in the bomb threat to get his court date postponed.
Jail records didn't list an attorney.

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KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) - Kash finally made it home after a few days. A missing dog? No, a missing calf.
Allison Fewless says her 650-pound calf was found wandering in the woods Tuesday in Grand Traverse County in northern Michigan, two days after he ran away during a walk.
The teenager tells The Grand Rapids Press that Kash had traveled 4 miles from home in the Kingsley area. Allison says her calf will be competing soon at the Michigan State University Winter Beef Classic.
She says she's just happy that "my moo is home."

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A British school held a funeral when it learned a classroom skeleton was actually real human remains. 
Haydock High School in Wigan, Greater Manchester, had been using the bones for about 40 years in art classes, thinking "Arthur" was artificial. 
But after an art technician did some research, Sandra Dixon learned Arthur was actually an Indian man who died in the early 1900s.
No one really knows how the bones got the UK, whether he was alive or he was already a skeleton. 
Shortly after learning he was real however, a local funeral home offered a real funeral, with a coffin and hearse all for free. 
Students and staff from the school where he "worked" all attended the funeral.

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An attorney in Sarasota, Florida might consider himself an expert on DUIs, but that didn't stop police from giving him one. 
Tom Hudson is known as one of the country's top DUI defense lawyers, and he even wrote the book "The Drinker's Guide to Driving: The Secrets of DUI from One of America's Top DUI Lawyers."
However, he found himself on the other side of the law over the weekend, when Sarasota County sheriff's deputies say they pulled him over for speeding.
Deputies say an hour later, his breath alcohol level was .12, so they arrested and charged him with a DUI.

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A group of students from a small town in New Hampshire have found the state's dumbest law.
Monday, Newport High School sophomore Timothy Poitras read the letter from state lawmakers informing him that his class won the New Hampshire's Dumbest Law contest.
"I was shocked," Poitras said.
Rollie Stapleton's sophomore advisory class chose RSA 207:48 the law that makes it illegal to collect seaweed off the beach after sunset. If you're caught, the violation could carry upwards of a thousand dollars.
"When I first read this, I was like you're saying I can't pick it up and plop it down on the beach," Poitras said. "I was like that's bogus!"
His classmate Kristopher Mampe shared Poitras' shock, saying, "Newport isn't really heard of, everyone thinks Manchester, Concord, all the bigger ones, but Newport being a bit smaller, won."
State Representative Max Abramson of Seabrook started the contest for students across the state last spring. He said there were more than 30 laws submitted. Some of the craziest ones had already been repealed.
"You can't tap your foot to music in a bar, that one was repealed a few years ago," Abramson said. "But the most ridiculous one and the one I wish someone had entered was you can't recycle milk jugs. You can go to jail for up to a year in New Hampshire for reusing a dairy container for water or anything other than dairy."
Abramson has already submitted a bill that would repeal the seaweed gathering law.
Stapleton said her students dedicated time and energy, and researched for weeks - proving that a contest to find the state's dumbest law was a really smart idea.
"Following through really is something all students in the U.S. and all over the world need to know how to do," Stapleton said. "It's a tough act to be able to do but Tim's demonstration might show our student that there are results when you follow through.
The Newport class is going to the statehouse at the beginning of next year to support the bill that would repeal New Hampshire's dumbest law.

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San Leandro police arrested two men on suspicious of stealing iPads and then jumping into a popular Oakland, California, recreational pool - in only their boxers - to try to avoid capture.
But residents nearby and swimmers all thought the scene was pretty odd, and helped lead police to their arrest.
"It's very, very rare," Lt. Robert McManus said. "It's the first of its kind with somebody stripping down into their boxing shorts trying to blend in the crowd in a swimming pool. They were the only two adult males in the crowd. The rest were teenagers."
Detectives now believe that the men are responsible for similar thefts throughout the East Bay, including one at a San Leandro Radio Shack store on Monday afternoon, McManus said. He did not identify them or release their photos to allow other Bay Area agencies to investigate their cases.
On Wednesday about 1:30 p.m., a plain clothes detective was in the parking lot at the Westgate Shopping Center on Davis Street when he saw a white Cadillac El Dorado driving through the parking lot with three men inside, who appeared to be acting suspiciously.
McManus said the detective watched as the Cadillac, registered to an address on the Peninsula, backed into a parking stall and stopped. The driver and front passenger got out of the car and walked towards the Verizon store, out of the detective's view, leaving the third passenger in the car.
Minutes later, the detective saw the driver and passenger sprinting back to the Cadillac as they were being chased by a Verizon employee, police said. They got into the car and fled through the parking lot, smashing into an Enterprise box truck, before driving over cement medians.
The detective radioed to other officers and began to follow the Cadillac as it sped out of the parking lot, running through two red lights heading north on Interstate 880 at Davis Street, McManus said. More police arrived. Eventually they found the empty Cadillac on Clara Street, near Edes Avenue in Oakland, a few blocks north of 98th Avenue.
Neighbors told police they saw the suspects running toward the Brookfield Recreation Center in the 9100 block of Edes Ave. Others directed the officers into the building, which had teens and seniors inside. There, they found the men had tried to pose as swimmers: They took off their clothes and slipped into the pool wearing only boxer shorts.
The detectives recognized the two men from surveillance footage from a similar burglary that occurred at the Radio Shack store located at 1359 Washington Ave. on Monday afternoon, where more high-end electronic items were stolen, police said.
Police searched the area and found the stolen iPads, iPhones believed to have been stolen in other thefts, the keys to the Cadillac and some of the clothing worn by the men, underneath a parked car, near the recreation center.
Police have arrested both men on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, and other related crimes. The third man, who remained in the car during the theft, fled and has not been found, McManus said.
The pair are expected to appear be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.

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Every Mickey and Minnie can now find love on a new dating website devoted to diehard Disney fans.
The new website is called MouseMingle.com and touts itself as "The place to connect people who love Disney and who want that same magic in their relationship."
It's the brainchild of a longtime Disney fan and former Disneyland engineer who says he found it hard to find women who were as interested in Disney as he is.
Response to the site has been so overwhelming, it was unable to keep up with new registrations for a time this week after launching on Monday.
The website is free to browse, but costs $12.55 to make contact with a member.

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If you're a Star Wars fan, life just got a lot sweeter. 
Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn, NY has created two new Star Wars themed ice creams. As you might imagine, there's one flavor for the dark side, and one for the light side. 
The dark side ice cream is "an ultra-dark chocolate ice cream with espresso fudge brownies, cocoa crispies, and white chocolate pearls to represent the light still hiding in the dark, waiting to burst through." 
The light side ice cream is "a bright marshmallow ice cream with homemade crispie clusters, as well as a smattering of handmade cocoa crispies to represent the dark side still lurking within the light."
You can order a 4 pack for $36 that ships via FedEx, and it comes with two of each flavor. 
 

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