The morning Odds & Ends |

The morning Odds & Ends

CLEARFIELD, Pa. The burger war is growing one bun at a time.Dennys Beer Barrel Pub, which lost its crown as home of the worlds biggest burger earlier this year, now offers a new snack that weighs a whopping 15 pounds.Dubbed the Beer Barrel Belly Buster, the burger comes with 10.5 pounds of ground beef, 25 slices of cheese, a head of lettuce, three tomatoes, two onions, a cup-and-a-half each of mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, mustard and banana peppers and a bun.It can feed a family of 10, restaurant owner Denny Liegey Sr. said of the $30 delicacy.Dennys Beer Barrel Pub had previously offered a 6-pound burger with 5 pounds of toppings.In February, a 100-pound female college student became the first to eat the burger within the three-hour time limit. Kate Stelnick, of Princeton, N.J., was awarded a certificate, T-shirt and other prizes.One month later, the Clinton Station Diner in Clinton, N.J., introduced a 12.5-pound burger dubbed Zeus. So Liegey responded, and the Belly Buster was born.Over the weekend, four men took the challenge, but couldnt get through the entire burger. They opted for doggie bags, instead.Its a little too much for me to handle, said Steve Hepburn. Its like trying to eat half a cow.

ROCHESTER, Ind. For Chase and Chandler Bright, a recent weekend day began as usual with the brothers watching cartoons at their northern Indiana home. But things took a turn for the worst when they took their mothers van for a joyride.The boys, ages 3 and 5, got the keys from their mothers purse and took off, their family said. Both sat in the drivers seat to steer the vehicle.I was like, Oh my God, No! This cannot be happening, said their mother, Heather Bright.The youngsters said they wanted to visit their grandfather, according to a police report. The boys drove about five miles during their adventure, crossing a four-lane highway and driving through a fertilizer business fence before crashing into a pile of dirt.They emerged without a scratch; the van had a flat tire and some minor damage.Heather Bright, who wondered how they reached the vehicles pedals, said her home is now locked down like Fort Knox.Im going to have to sleep with the keys around my neck now, she said.

BRADENTON, Fla. Senior pranks are usual at Bayshore High School near the end of the school year, but this latest incident could be one for the books.About 1,000 high school students were locked out of their classrooms temporarily after someone glued dozens of room locks in what is believed to be a costly senior prank.More than 75 locks had to be drilled open Monday, and hundreds of teens missed their first two classes of the day.Pranks are funny, but this was out of hand, said senior Amanda McCormick, who was told to wait in the gym for three hours until the doors could be unlocked.Others reveled in the commotion.Everybodys like, Wow, this is our senior class, were awesome, said Jessi Powell. Its funny, but Im just glad I wasnt part of it.No arrests have been made, but two people were captured by school security cameras creeping about before dawn, Manatee County sheriffs Deputy Greg Jenkins said.Estimated repair costs were at least $6,000, one locksmith said.

FARGO, N.D. It may have seemed like a good idea at the time.A pizza delivery driver was assaulted after refusing to take marijuana as payment for a pie, police said.Pizza Patrol driver Atif Yasin said he thinks the man was asleep when he arrived to deliver a medium pizza and 20-ounce soda.After knocking a few times and calling the customer on his cell phone, Yasin said the man answered the door in his boxers, took the pizza, spent a few minutes looking for money and then offered to pay with marijuana.The man began to yell when told that wouldnt be accepted, Yasin said. He then pushed the deliveryman and punched him in the face, Yasin said.The 22-year-old college student said it was the first time he had been assaulted in three years delivering pizza.Yasin called police, and while waiting for them to arrive he delivered two more orders that were in his car.The suspect, 21, was arrested early Saturday. He has been released on bond.

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