The morning Odds & Ends
SEATTLE An art lover left his hometown about $1 million to buy a new fountain, but with a stipulation.The late Stu Smailes made clear the work must include the figure of at least one life-size naked man.Smailes, a retired computer analyst, died in 2002 at the age of 69. He was an only child, with no immediate family. His attorney, Tim Bradbury, said Smailes was a great fan of the arts.He was a very funny man, Bradbury said, with a very strong sense of humor.According to court documents, the fountain bequest is to include one or more unclothed, life-size male figure(s) designed in the classical style, i.e.: realistic, said Karen Bystrom at the Citys Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.Bystrom said somebody in her office has suggested the naked-man fountain be part of the Seattle Art Museums new Olympic Sculpture Park, now a work in progress at the north end of the downtown waterfront.The agreement is still being negotiated.
CLEARFIELD, Pa. Kate Stelnick may weigh only 100 pounds, but her appetite is remarkable.The college student from Princeton, N.J., is the first to meet a restaurants challenge by downing its six-pound hamburger and five pounds of fixins within three hours.Stelnick didnt eat for two days to prepare for the challenge. I felt very full, but I was too excited that I actually ate it to notice, Stelnick said.Stelnick, 19, made the five-hour drive to Dennys Beer Barrel Pub with two friends from The College of New Jersey on Wednesday, after they saw pictures of the monster burger, dubbed the Ye Old 96er.Denny Leigey Jr., the owner of the bar 35 miles northwest of State College, had offered a two-pound burger for years and conceived of the six-pounder after his daughter went to college and phoned him about a bar that sold a four-pounder.But nobody had finished the big burger in the three-hour time limit since it was introduced on Super Bowl Sunday 1998. In addition to the meat, contestants much eat one large onion, two whole tomatoes, one half head of lettuce, 1 1/4 pounds of cheese, two buns, and a cup each of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish, banana peppers and some pickles.Stelnick did it all in two hours, 54 minutes.Leigey said he was pretty sure somebody would meet his burger challenge, though he didnt have a petite woman in mind.I wouldnt have made it if I didnt think it was possible, Leigey said.
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. A man allegedly on the run from Florida authorities since September was found this week curled up inside a television.After receiving a tip that Alfred Blane, 45, of Ponce de Leon, Fla., might be in Decatur County, police went Friday to a mobile home near Bainbridge College, where a woman told police he was hiding under a mattress inside.Lending the departments police dog, officers went inside. They searched the house thoroughly, even checking a freezer and washing machine, said Lt. Tim Watkins of the Thomas County Sheriffs Department.Meanwhile, the dog kept poking around a television, an older floor model, Watkins said. When officers unscrewed the back of the television, they found a balled-up Blane inside, Watkins said, adding that Blane is between 5-foot-10 and 6-feet tall.Blane escaped in handcuffs from two sheriffs deputies in September as they tried to place him in the back of a police car, said Capt. Stan Sunday of the Walton County Sheriffs Office in Florida.Blane faces numerous charges, including burglary, possession of methamphetamine, battery on a law enforcement officer and escape.
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