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Mad Minute stories from Monday, April 25th

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- This year's Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon in Ohio will be a race to remember for one couple who married at the starting line before running the event's half-marathon.
The Repository newspaper reports marathon co-founder David Beck officiated as 50-year-old Lynnette Beedle and 49-year-old Stephen Klejka wed early Sunday in Canton.
The Hudson couple married in their running attire and matching blue "Team Kejka" sweatshirts, with Beedle donning a short white veil in her hair and Klejka strapping on a bow tie. After expressing their love for one another, they high-fived, kissed and set off for their 13.1-mile jog.
They were among about 3,000 runners who participated in the marathon, half-marathon or relay.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The owners of Vincent, a rescued 60-pound English bulldog, aren't quite sure how old he is.
All they know is that their young pup is now a pageant king, having won the 37th annual Beautiful Bulldog contest at Drake University on Sunday.
The tongue-in-cheek contest is the opening event of the Drake Relays, a prestigious track and field meet to be held next week at Drake Stadium. Vincent, a brown-and-white pup who lives just up the road from the stadium, will serve as the meet's mascot.
The runners-up were Meatball, whose biggest fears are garbage bags and limes, and a 1-year-old pup named Daffodil. Meatball and Daffodil will serve as alternates for the Drake Relays if for some reason Vincent can't fulfill his duties - which will mostly entail photo shoots and an introduction during Saturday's opening ceremony.
Vincent was a first-time contestant after his owners adopted him from the Illinois English Bulldog Rescue organization in February.
"It popped up and we were like, 'Let's give it a try!" Vincent's owner, Meredith Green of Des Moines, said.
His owners, who think Vincent is about 3 years old, said he likes car rides and running up the stairs. They'll find out next weekend if he's also a fan of track and field.
Vincent succeeds Tank, whose sturdy frame, gentle personality and camouflage outfit won over the judges in 2015.
The slate of competitors was down five from previous years after a few scratches and the recent death of Linus the Lovebug, last year's winner in the "Best Dressed" category.
Deliylah, who competed in 2013 and 2014, gave birth to four puppies on the day of last year's pageant contest - and she and three of her puppies took part Sunday. She won the "Drake Spirit" award for making it back to the stage after a one-year absence.
Theodore was the social media king, with more than 6,000 followers on Instagram.


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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A YU-U-U-GE name is the most popular suggested replacement name for a Texas elementary school named after the top hero of the Confederacy.
Donald J. Trump Elementary was the most popular suggestion with 45 submissions out of 240 received, according to Austin Independent School District officials.
The second-most popular suggestion was 34 submissions to keep the present name. Other popular namesakes included author Harper Lee and artists Russell Lee and Elizabet Ney. Among those also receiving votes were Willie Nelson, Spike Lee and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
The Texas capital's school board voted last month to replace the Confederate general as the school name. It could decide on a new name May 23.

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MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) -- A Texas lawyer upset that he wasn't provided a cup of soup during a recent meal has notified a restaurant owner that he'll sue if not reimbursed the $2.25 for the soup.
Dwain Downing also is seeking $250 in attorney fees for the time spent drafting a letter sent to Benji Arslanovski, who operates Our Place Restaurant in the Fort Worth suburb of Mansfield.
Downing says the soup was listed on the menu as part of a Saturday special. He says the restaurant offered no discount or substitution when it ran out.
The lawyer argued the menu amounts to a contract with the customer and Arslanovski violated the terms of the contract.
But the restaurateur says the menu makes clear the soup comes with a meal "while supplies last."

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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- Authorities say the green water flowing in the Ketchikan Creek that caused some panic and drew a response from multiple agencies was the result of a prank.
Officials have determined that the dye dumped into the water on Wednesday is non-toxic. Ketchikan police talked to the man responsible for the dye, but he was not arrested or cited.
"It was just a prank," Officer Charles Johnson told The Ketchikan Daily News. "He happened to come across some sort of plumbing dye that they use for testing - checking for leaks and stuff - and thought it'd be funny to throw it in the creek and make people wonder why the creek was green."
The Ketchikan Fire Department had also responded to the creek after reports of the green water around 4 p.m. While the incident may have initially been a concern for fire crews, police and residents who first discovered the green creek, Johnson said he did not see the activity as criminal.
"They already confirmed that the substance was non-toxic. ... I think the biggest problem was the slight panic of everybody trying to respond to a possible environmental disaster when there wasn't one," Johnson said.

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EAGLE, Idaho (AP) -- Kobe Bryant's recent mention of the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck might have helped save the traveling advertisement from a premature retirement, according to the head of a state agency that promotes Idaho potatoes.
The recently retired Los Angeles Lakers guard remarked on the red truck while talking with an ESPN reporter during one of his final games, The Capital Press reported.
The truck hauls a 6-ton replica Russet Burbank. It's on its fifth national tour to help charities and raise awareness of Idaho's most famous vegetable.
Frank Muir, Idaho Potato Commission president and CEO, said ESPN sideline reporter Heather Cox told him that before a recent interview, Bryant referenced the running story line of the commission's ads: an Idaho potato grower's search for the "missing" potato truck. Cox is a spokeswoman for the commission.
"How long have you been working with Idaho potatoes?" Bryant asked Cox, nicknamed "Spud" by professional athletes. "Have they found that truck yet?"
The Idaho Potato Commission was considering retiring the potato truck after the current tour, which covers 25,000 miles, Muir said. But comments like Bryant's demonstrate why it must stay on the road, he said.
Muir believes the commission is now leaning toward keeping the truck going as long as the public is eager to see it.
"The feedback we're getting from growers is, 'Why would you take it off the road?'" Muir said. "We continue to have more requests for (truck appearances) than we can fulfill."
The commission budgeted $700,000 for the current tour.
Highlights include stops at the Kentucky Derby, a New England chili cook-off, SeaFair in Seattle, the premiere of "Idaho the Musical" in Las Vegas and a photo opportunity in which the truck will float on a barge through New York Harbor.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A Nashville teen fleeing police on foot chose a bad spot to hide: a Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security training center.
According to police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), 19-year-old Michael D. Hughes was fleeing police after they initiated a traffic stop on Stewarts Ferry Pike near McCrory Creek.
As soon as the car stopped, Hughes allegedly got out of the front passenger seat and took off on foot. Police write that during the foot chase, Hughes "ran out of his blue jeans" and was clutching something in his waistband.
Police continued the search for Hughes and at this time, THP Trooper John Welker was exiting the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security training center when he "heard a rustle of leaves and branches on the other side of his patrol car." There he found Hughes wearing a white T-shirt and gym shorts. Hughes also had on a black ankle monitor.
Hughes told the trooper he was just trying to get to the YMCA, but troopers noticed the Metro Nashville Police helicopter in the air and could hear police sirens nearby. Troopers took Hughes into custody and it was found he had fled the traffic stop on Stewarts Ferry Pike.
Metro Nashville Police say in the car they found a loaded handgun under the seat and a small amount of marijuana.

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ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish authorities have detained two Trabzonspor fans - both of them minors - for attacking an assistant referee during a home game against rival Fenerbahce, causing the game to be abandoned.
Fenerbahce was leading 4-0 on Sunday when the fans ran on the field and one of them attacked assistant referee Volkan Bayarslan. The game was abandoned in the 89th minute.
The assailant pushed Bayarslan to the ground and punched him before security officials pulled him away.
The state-run Anadolu Agency said Monday a 17-year-old high school student, identified by his initials O.M., and a second minor, who has not been identified, were detained and would be questioned by police dealing with juveniles.

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The toddler bathrobe worn by little Prince George while he met with President Obama last Friday has sold out.
The plush, white with blue trim, monogrammed robe flew off shelves shortly after Prince George was photographed wearing it for an after-bedtime meeting with the president and first lady during their visit to Kensington Palace.
The robe is sold by the U.K. company My 1st Years for $39 dollars, and it ships to the U.S.
No fear for those who didn't get one before they sold out though, the company is taking pre-orders on its website -- My1stYears.com.

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SPOKANE, Wash. -
It's been a tumultuous offseason for Johnny Manziel. The man dubbed "Johnny Football" was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this year, and so far, he's still a quarterback without a job. But a few Taco Time restaurants here in Spokane are getting some national attention for their generous offer to the once-promising quarterback. 
Taco Time restaurants all over the Spokane area have "Johnny Manziel We're Hiring" up on their marquees, just in case the quarterback is in the area and has his resume handy. I understand they are simply letting Manziel know that they are hiring and not officially offering a job, but while I'm not a hiring manager, I'm not sure Manziel would be an ideal candidate. Here are some things to consider Taco Time:
1.) He could be in jail. Although it is unclear how Manziel's upcoming legal troubles will hinder his ability to get hired on with the food chain. Manziel will be indicted on Tuesday on allegations he attacked his ex-girlfriend in January. The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. You can't come make delicious food if you're in jail, Johnny. 
2.) Reliability. Manziel certainly showed some promise during a game or two this past NFL season (a low standard for Cleveland quarterbacks) and the once-third string QB was even named the starter for the remainder of the season. However, he lost his starting job and not because he wasn't playing well, but because of his off-field antics. Johnny could start at an entry-level position at Taco Time, but I worry the slightest success or promotion would immediately cause reliability issues. Lord help the Taco Time manager who gives him an employee of the month nod, right? 
3.) Immaturity. Look, I understand being young and wanting to have fun, but when you're told time and time again to cut out the partying because your job relies on it and you still insist on getting drunk (allegedly) while letting anyone with a cell phone film it, you've got some growing up to do. I imagine the good people at Taco Time are going to want someone who takes their job seriously, and based on his career path in the NFL, Johnny does not take his job seriously. 
Do what you want Taco Time, but if you ask me, you might want to raise your standards beyond young Johnny. 

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