CHICKEN WING CONTEST
Joey Chestnut takes Buffalo chicken wing eating title
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Competitive eating titan Joey “Jaws” Chestnut has downed 206 chicken wings in 12 minutes to notch a repeat win in an annual championship in Buffalo, New York.
The National Buffalo Wing Festival tweeted the results of Sunday’s contest.
Geoffrey Esper of Oxford, Massachusetts, took second place by eating 194 wings. Darron Breeden of Orange, Virginia, came in third with 182.
Chestnut has won several times before, including last year, when he swallowed 220 wings .
The chomping champ from San Jose, California, is best known for his multiple wins in the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest on New York City’s Coney Island. He set a new record — 74 dogs and buns in 10 minutes — to earn his 11th win this year.
You’ve come a long way, baby: Wigstock now star-studded
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, chef and actor David Burtka, fired up what they call New York’s “last summer blowout” — a six-hour, 50-act drag-queen spectacle staged Saturday on a glitzy Manhattan pier.
It was the revival of a 1980s festival called Wigstock — an impromptu creation of unruly patrons in drag who stumbled out of an East Village club at about 2 a.m. to improvise for homeless people in garbage-strewn, rat-infested Tompkins Square Park.
Saturday’s lower Manhattan show featured drag stars Lady Bunny, Bianca Del Rio and Latrice Royale. There were food, drinks and dancing on Pier 17 by the Brooklyn Bridge, with the audience wearing over-the-top attire for the shindig.
DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR-PROTESTS
Drag Queen Story Hour sparks protests in conservative towns
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — “Drag Queen Story Hour” may be coming to a town near you. Since 2015, men in full drag have appeared at venues across the nation where they read children’s books to small children and their parents.
Larger cities where the story hours have taken place include Chicago, New York, and New Orleans.
In some smaller communities, they have prompted protests.
In Lafayette, Louisiana, the president of the local public library board resigned amid debate over plans to hold “Drag Queen Story Hour” and the mayor has indicated he may seek to cancel the Oct. 6 program.
A handful of protesters showed up outside an August event at a library branch in Columbus, Georgia.
Protests are planned at a Mobile, Alabama, library where a reading session is set for Sept. 8.
TINIEST TOWN-NORTH DAKOTA
Smallest North Dakota city to double in population
RUSO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s smallest incorporated city was on the verge of dissolving after the death of its longtime mayor, but now it’s rebounding.
The Minot Daily News reports the McLean County community of Ruso expects to soon double its population — from two residents to four.
Ruso was on the verge of disincorporation following 86-year-old Bruce Lorenz’s July death , which dropped its population to two. State law says it takes a minimum of three residents for a community to be incorporated.
The city discovered Greg Schmaltz qualifies as a resident because he has a Ruso mailbox and checks on his horses and chickens there daily. Schmaltz and his wife, Michelle Schmaltz, currently live in Velva but plan to move to Ruso later this year. He’s expected to become mayor Sept. 6.
TWO RIGHT FEET
Left behind: Thieves raid Virginia store of right foot shoes
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Try walking a mile in these shoes.
The Roanoke Times reports a Virginia shoe store lost mostly shoes designed for the right foot over the course of two break-ins this summer.
Clean Soles operator Rob Wickham says his two-year-old sneaker store was raided by two people on July 20 and by one person in Aug. 25. Taken together, he lost shirts, hoodies, a jacket, one complete sneaker pair — and 13 right shoes.
Wickham says he typically keeps right shoes on display, while their other halves rest behind the counter. Accordingly, Wickham says the looters were “pretty much risking their freedom for nothing.”
A Roanoke County police spokeswoman says one 17-year-old has been charged in the July burglary.
Connecticut man faces charges after shooting at “ghost”
TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who told police he was a paranormal investigator faces several charges after firing shots in his house at what he told police may have been a ghost.
Twenty-five-year-old Christain Devaux of Tolland is due in court on Sept. 11 on charges including the illegal discharge of a firearm, making a false statement to police, second-degree reckless endangerment, misusing an emergency call, and disorderly conduct.
Police say Devaux put two bullet holes in his wall on July 26, initially reporting the incident as an attempted break in.
He later told police he believes the intruder was actually a spirit.
State police told the Journal Inquirer of Manchester that Devaux had made a similar report back in 2011.
Woman says dog saved family after bear broke into her house
BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — A woman says her dog has died after warding off a bear that broke into her family’s North Carolina home.
WRAL reported Saturday that the incident occurred in Black Mountain, a town outside Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Tiffany Merrill said she thought she was going to die when the bear broke in. She yelled to her children to shut their doors.
Her dog Pickles quickly appeared. Merrill said the five-pound dog “started barking and got the bear’s attention and got the bear outside and he saved my life.”
Merrill said she couldn’t save her dog’s life. She said she “wanted to go out there and jump on the back of the bear and save my dog.”
She now finds herself grieving. She said Pickles “was always with me.”