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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Praying for rain," Aug. 11, 2012

Home cooked

Some people remove spider webs with dusters while others use vacuums. On July 7, Eiliya Maida used a propane blowtorch to try to remove cobwebs from the exterior of his Chico, Calif., home. The result: Maida accidentally ignited some brush, which in turn set off an attic fire. A neighbor's quick call to the fire department ensured that the blaze didn't get too far out of control.

In his dreams

If you ask Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant to compare the 2012 Team U.S.A. basketball squad with the much-ballyhooed 1992 Dream Team, Bryant will tell you his team would win. In the run-up to the 2012 London Games, Bryant claimed his team featuring himself, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant, among others, could take down the star-studded 1992 roster that included Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, and Charles Barkley. When asked about Bryant's comments, Jordan laughed it off, saying it was "not one of the smarter things he ever could have done." But, through his Twitter account, hall-of-famer Larry Bird allowed that Bryant was probably right: "They probably could. I haven't played in 20 years and we're all old now."

Who's the blind one?

Armed intruders into a blind and elderly Pennsylvania man's home may have expected an easy robbery. But the Beechview, Pa., homeowner, whose name has been withheld by authorities, had other ideas. After the two assailants entered his home posing as utility workers on July 14, they quickly thrust a gun at the 71-year-old man's face. The elderly homeowner knocked the gun away only to be attacked with a stun gun. After escaping to his kitchen, the blind man grabbed a pot to fend off the attackers and yelled out, "John, call the police," in an attempted ruse to scare the two assailants. The trick worked, and the armed men fled from the home.

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