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Debris from a fire remains in the yard next to the now boarded-up house.
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Debris from a fire remains in the yard next to the now boarded-up house.

Chasing a spider with a blowtorch is not a good idea

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A Seattle man burned down his rental house Tuesday night while trying to kill a spider with a makeshift blowtorch. The man was using a can of spray paint and a lighter to make a blowtorch to kill the spider in his laundry room. The fire caused $60,000 worth of damage, according to officials. Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department, said when the spider tried to get into the wall, the man sprayed flames on the wall. The man and his mother safely escaped. As for the spider? “I'm pretty sure the spider did not survive this fire,” Moore said. “The whole wall went.”

Police not impressed by pizza prank

A Kentucky man accused of shoplifting is now in more trouble after police say he had pizzas delivered to the police station. Officers say 29-year-old Michael Harp asked to make a call on his cellphone Tuesday while being booked. A short time later, they say, Domino’s delivery showed up with five pizzas for “Officer Wilson,” the same officer who arrested Harp. Police say they linked the call to Harp by tracking his phone number. In addition to facing charges for shoplifting and public intoxication, Harp now also faces charges of identity theft, theft by deception, and impersonating a police officer. Harp told Lexington station WKYT-TV that he was wrongfully accused and “about 10 people” used his phone: “I mean it’s a joke, truthfully, I mean pizzas, come on. This is what high-schoolers do.”

Glee by any other name would sound as sweet

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What do you call Glee in Britain? Twentieth Century Fox will have to figure that out, and soon. On Friday, Britain’s High Court ordered the company to change the show’s name. Back in February, Judge Roger Wyand ruled in favor of Comic Enterprises, which operates a string of venues called The Glee Club. Wyand said there was a “likelihood of confusion” between the two brands. Fox said it would appeal, arguing a required name change would be unnecessary and unfair. But on Friday, Wyand concluded Fox must change the show’s name in Britain. “I find it hard to believe that the cost of the re-titling and publicizing of the new name would be so prohibitive compared to the value of the series,” the judge said. “I was told many times during the course of the trial how this series is a ‘blockbuster.’”

Stealing a dinosaur is a felony

A man and woman stole a piece of history Monday, lifting a baby dinosaur replica from a North Carolina museum. The 21-year-olds, caught on video surveillance, stole the 12-inch-long Edmontosaurus hatchling replica, worth about $10,000, from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Police say the man jumped the exhibit barrier, picked up the dino, climbed out, and put it in a large purse carried by the woman. Police say they also took fake cabbage, lettuce, doilies, and an antique medicine bottle from another museum, the North Carolina Museum of History, on the same day. They couple faces two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries and museums, a felony. Officials say the couple turned themselves in Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Allie Hulcher
Allie Hulcher

Allie is a World Journalism Institute intern.


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