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Mad Minute stories from Monday, October 16th

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ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - Two racecar drivers have been arrested after getting into a fistfight following a crash on an Indiana racetrack that ended with a police officer using a stun gun on one of the drivers.
A video posted online from Saturday's race at Anderson Speedway shows one vehicle driving onto the second car's hood following the initial crash.
The driver of the second car exits the vehicle and punches the other driver who's still in his car. An officer jogs onto the track and uses a stun gun on the driver standing outside the cars. Both drivers are eventually handcuffed and led away.
Anderson Police Maj. Joel Sandefur said Monday that the wreck and fight weren't staged. He says the drivers' names and details on possible charges weren't immediately available.

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PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A Philadelphia-area mayoral candidate says he was serious when he vowed to investigate the use of drug-sniffing bunnies if elected - even though it appears to stem from an internet hoax.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Republican nominee Dave Gautreau broached the idea Thursday at a Phoenixville mayoral forum.
The candidate told the newspaper he had been told about the idea at a gathering and thought he had confirmed with someone in Lancaster the rabbits were in use there.
Last year, the idea surfaced in an April Fools' post by Amherst, New York, police and on a satire page called People of Lancaster.
Gautreau said in a since-removed Facebook post he takes his mayoral run seriously and is looking for "creative ways" to fight the war on drugs.
 
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MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana pathologist who was hauling human organ samples in his pickup truck when he was arrested on drunken driving charges has pleaded guilty.
Seventy-five-year-old Elmo A. Griggs was sentenced last week to a year of probation in Morgan County after pleading guilty to one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. A second count was dismissed.
The Indianapolis Star reports Griggs has worked as an Indiana pathologist for more than a decade, providing services to the Marion County and Tippecanoe County coroner's offices.
He was arrested Sept. 12 after he was spotted driving erratically along Indiana 67 in Morgan County about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of Indianapolis.
A vodka bottle and totes containing slides and organ samples from Griggs' private pathology cases were found in his truck.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A fence is going up around the real Albuquerque house made famous by the methamphetamine-making character Walter White.
The owners are installing a 6-foot (2 meter) wrought iron fence on the front of the house used in the TV series "Breaking Bad," which has been plagued by countless fans wanting a snapshot.
Joanne Quintana tells KOB-TV that she loses count of the number of weekly visitors to the house that her mother owns. She says the tourists have caused disruptions that have made them fearful to leave the property unattended.
Quintana says some have even told them "to close our garage" and "get out of the picture."
Construction on the fence in underway, and Quintana says people have already tried to climb around the construction to snap a photo.

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LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Police say a New Jersey man got a little too comfortable in a massage chair at a mall.
Police in Lawrence Township said that 51-year-old Joseph Michalski took his clothes off in a massage chair at the Quaker Bridge Mall on Tuesday.
Authorities say when a mall security guard asked the Hamilton resident to put his clothes back on, Michalski punched him in the face. Police said the guard then wrestled the man to the ground before police arrived.
Michalski was charged with lewdness and simple assault. The guard was not seriously hurt.
A phone number for Michalski could not be located.

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree - in marijuana.
Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester, with about a dozen students in the first class, the Detroit Free Press reported . The program combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing and finance.
It's an unusual program. Other universities offer classes on marijuana policy and law. And places such as Oaksterdam University, Cannabis College, and Humboldt Cannabis College, all in California; and THC University, the Grow School and Clover Leaf University in Denver offer certificates in a variety of disciplines. But Northern Michigan's program is unique because the university is offering a four-year degree addressing the science and business behind growing marijuana.
"When they hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, 'Wow, cool dude. You're going to get a degree growing marijuana,'" said Alex Roth, a sophomore in the program. "But it's not an easy degree at all."
Brandon Canfield, an associate chemistry professor at Northern Michigan, said students don't grow marijuana plants in the program, but instead look to other plants that are traditionally recognized with medicinal value but aren't illegal to grow. Students learn how to measure and extract the compounds in the plants that can be used for medicinal purposes, then transfer that knowledge to marijuana, which has been used to treat a variety of illnesses, including chronic pain, nausea, seizures and glaucoma.
Canfield said he got the idea while attending the American Chemical Society's annual meeting in San Diego last year.
"It was my off day and I saw there was a cannabis chemistry group that was putting on a whole series of talks," he said. "I heard all about the need for analytical chemists and all sorts of interesting talks. That was the initial spark."
University officials say the program fills a need because 29 states have legalized medical marijuana, including eight states where marijuana is also legal for recreational use.
"Many of the states are legalizing different substances and they're really looking for quality people to do the chemistry and the science," said university trustee James Haveman. "And it's the university's responsibility to produce those kinds of students for those kinds of jobs."
In Michigan, voters in 2008 approved the use of marijuana to treat certain illnesses, but the law has confused many and has led to significant legal disputes, including over how to obtain and store the drug. The state is developing a new regulatory system aimed at increasing oversight and imposing new taxes on the industry. Applications for licenses will be available on Dec. 15.

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LONDON (AP) - As if by magic, the Hogwarts Express has come to the rescue of a stranded family in Scotland.
The train that took Harry Potter to school was played onscreen by the Jacobite steam train , which runs on a remote and scenic route through the Scottish Highlands.
On Friday, it made an unscheduled stop to pick up a family of six that was stranded when a storm washed away their canoe.
Jon Cluett, his wife and four children between the ages of 6 and 12 were staying in a lakeside hut on Loch Eilt when they awoke to find their canoe was gone.
Faced with walking several miles over boggy ground to get back to the family car, Cluett called police to see if any form of rescue was available.
"The policeman said, 'We've arranged for the next train passing to stop for you, and you're not going to believe this but it's the Hogwarts Express steam train. Your kids are going to love it,'" Cluett said Sunday.
Cluett said his children, all Harry Potter fans, were "really excited" by the adventure.
"They know the Harry Potter films and they know that are filmed in the Highlands," he said. "But they hadn't put all of that together in their heads until they saw the train."
Cluett, the pastor of a church in Stirling, central Scotland, is hopeful someone will find his canoe and give the story a perfect happy ending.
"It's got to turn up at some point. The thing is 16-foot-long, red and floats," he said.

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HUGO, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma sheriff says two inmates briefly escaped to visit their girlfriends and smoke marijuana and then walked back to the jail.
Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park tells The Oklahoman that inmates Harley Davidson and Rakeem Lennox waited for jail staff to leave the area near their room about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. He says the men then entered the booking room to steal a laundry room door key and fled.
The sheriff says they returned to the county jail on foot after midnight and could face additional charges.
He says both men were in jail for drug possession.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Police in North Dakota have arrested a man for possession of drugs after first spotting him attempting to light a cigarette with the nozzle of a gas pump.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that 29-year-old Skyler Whitebull, of Cannon Ball, was spotted by Bismarck police driving by the gas station. Authorities say Whitebull refused to put the nozzle back and took a "fighting stance" when an officer tried to stop him.
Court documents say the officer forced Whitebull to the ground. He allegedly continued to resist and flailed his legs even while handcuffed.
Police searched Whitebull and found several small, zippered bags with methamphetamine residue. He's charged with misdemeanor meth possession and preventing arrest.
Court documents do not list an attorney for Whitebull.

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BERLIN (AP) - A man in the northern German city of Salzgitter is in hot water after police allege that he left his bath and sink faucets running for at least a year, causing "massive damage" to his apartment building.
Salzgitter police said the 31-year-old, who also had his toilet running non-stop, is thought to have used 7 million liters (1.85 million gallons) of water over the past year.
Police told the dpa news agency Friday they had been called by the building's management after the man had allegedly plugged the drains recently and the water started leaking through the building. He reportedly fought with police when they arrived Thursday and had to be subdued with pepper spray.
Police say he has been taken to a psychiatric hospital for an evaluation.
 

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