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The morning Odds & Ends


NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Arthur Richardson thought hed pull a prank and pretend to swallow a friends truck key.Unfortunately, Wednesdays prank backfired when Richardson plopped the key in his mouth and gravity took over.Richardson went to a doctor Thursday, who X-rayed his stomach and got a clear picture of the key. The doctor said the key posed no danger, and that it could take two to three days for it to pass through his system but Richardsons friend needed to use his truck.So Richardson and his friend took the X-rays to a locksmith, who used the pictures to fashion a new key. And it worked in the truck.John Somers, owner of Als Lock and Safe, said hed never made a key before from an X-ray image.I have done all sorts of lock work, Ive done all sorts of safe work, Somers said. This is truly a first in my career.Richardson had tried to vomit up the key, and then drank Milk of Magnesia to flush it out, before consulting the doctor.

AUSTIN, Texas A quick-thinking Dennys cashier thwarted a robbery by slamming the mans thumb in the cash drawer, trapping him while she yelled for help, police said.According to a police affidavit, Duane Eric Roper ate at the restaurant on Thursday and then asked the cashier for change for a dollar. When she opened the drawer, he allegedly pulled out a box cutter and demanded all the money.As the suspect reached into the drawer, the cashier slammed it shut and yelled for help. A customer called 911 while a manager freed the man and told him to leave.The suspect left the restaurant empty handed, and the manager and customer who called 911 followed him on foot, relaying his description and whereabouts to emergency dispatchers.Roper was arrested a short time later.Roper, 42, was arrested on a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony. He also allegedly admitted to robbing a store at an Austin mall.

SELMA, Ind. A middle school principal will likely think twice before goofing around on stage to the Village People.Alice Mehaffey, principal of Selma Middle School and an assistant superintendent, shocked some community members during a recent talent show when a male student, pretending to be a police officer, handcuffed her, and she tore the T-shirt off another boy during an encore of the songs YMCA and Macho Man.Liberty-Perry schools Superintendent James Craig said the school board did not decide whether or not Mehaffey should be punished, instead leaving it up to Craig.The board said its a personnel issue that the superintendent will handle, Craig said Wednesday. I am not recommending that she be dismissed from the position. Shes apologized to the community. I think were trying to move on.Resident Bonnie Swingley said she hopes Mehaffey has learned a lesson. Swingleys granddaughter attends Selma Middle School in the community five miles east of Muncie.Everybody makes a mistake, but that was really so seductive to the kids, Swingley said. I hate to see anybody in her situation get fired. I just hope that from this that her act can be cleaned up.

RALEIGH, N.C. Gov. Mike Easley has turned his affection for Fox TVs animated show King of the Hill into a target group.Easley, who views the shows main character as a man devoid of party label, asked his pollster several years ago to separate King of the Hill viewers in poll results in order to use them as a political barometer.The character Hank Hill sells propane and propane accessories in a small Texas town; his wife, Peggy, is a substitute teacher. He likes guns, watches NASCAR and worries about his sensitive son, Bobby.Easleys poll asked voters if they watched King of the Hill. Viewers tended to be non-college educated white males, a group that Democrats overwhelmingly lose except for Easley. His pollster, Fred Yang, fielded surveys last year showing top Democratic candidates losing 3-to-1 among the Hill fans, but Easley capturing more than 40 percent of those in the survey.Easley attributes the shows popularity to a lack of what he calls political snobbery. This is the first show about Southerners since Andy Griffith that didnt make fun of the South, he said.