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May 28, 2001

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) _ After finding all the wedding chapels in town booked for the weekend, Marc Gorsuch and Bobbi Singleton took to the air to tie the knot.

Gorsuch, 29, and Singleton, 36, exchanged vows from the middle seats of a Beechcraft Twin Engine high over Lake Coeur d’Alene.

``When our minds get together we end up with strange things,″ Gorsuch said.

The best man, Hans Dyroy, was flying the plane while Pastor Don Washburn sat in the co-pilot seat.

The ceremony is the first Washburn, 77, has performed in-flight.

``I do everything but I refuse to jump out of an airplane in a parachute and do the ceremony on the way down,″ he said.


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) _ Thanks to an error in the yellow pages, people calling the Salvation Army in Hampton Roads to make a donation are getting sex talk instead.

Callers dialing the listing in this year’s phone book are connected to Intimate Connections, a phone-sex line that charges up to $2.99 a minute.

Elizabeth Tusing, a Verizon spokeswoman, said a Salvation Army official signed a proof of the phone book ad showing the wrong number.

Maj. Michael Waters, a local Salvation Army administrator, said the company will try to buy the number from the phone-sex operators, but he termed it ``highly unlikely.″


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) _ A burglar accused of stealing a pack of cigarettes, a lighter and candy from a car made one fatal mistake: The vehicle was an unmarked police car _ and the officer was watching from 15 feet away.

Officer John Huston said he had been patrolling a parking lot on foot when he approached his police car and saw a man getting out.

Huston watched as the man used a towel to wipe away fingerprints and then get into a nearby car and drive away.

Huston followed the car and pulled the suspect over. The burglar said the incident was a misunderstanding.

He said he did not know the car was a police car even though it was equipped with police lights and radio. He said he was just passing by and thought the car looked like a good one to burglarize.


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Workers at the Seabreeze Hotel office building might have good reason to feel like captives in their cubicles.

The building used to be the Charleston County Jail.

Seabreeze Development, which just finished renovating the 89-year-old brick structure, included some of the original steel bars into hallways, bathrooms and others areas, describing the look as ``jail motif.″

``It’s special property and we wanted to do something special with it,″ said co-owner Neil Kruse.

When the new owners stepped in, the building had been vacant for years, and prisoners had given way to pigeons. But during the renovations, several reminders of the building’s history were found, including bullets and wooden dice.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) _ Forget a motel _ researchers at Penn State University are giving cockroaches a whole house.

Hoping to find the fatal flaw in cockroaches’ lifestyles, Penn State entomologists are giving the creatures the run of an abandoned house near campus.

Researchers plan to have the roaches moved into the house, complete with furniture and see-through plastic doors on cupboards, by the end of the year, said Glenn Holbrook, an assistant professor of entomology.

Holbrook and other entomologists hope that studying the roaches will provide yet another tactic to keep the unwanted guests out of everyone else’s homes.

But the researchers have their work cut out for them.

Roaches are highly adaptable, grow immune to insecticides and learn to avoid bait. A female roach can lay 240 eggs at a time, and roaches can survive for as many as 10 days without food and a month without water.

``As long as there are roaches, we’ll be out there,″ Holbrook said.

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