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What fast-food restaurants did for dining, Karen Ann Emery wants to

February 27, 1997

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) _ What fast-food restaurants did for dining, Karen Ann Emery wants to do for wedded bliss.

Ms. Emery has converted a former fast-food joint off busy Interstate 95 into Vows, a drive through wedding chapel due to open Saturday.

``Everybody wants a wedding that makes theirs stand apart,″ Ms. Emery said.

Pulling up single and leaving hitched will do it.

Ms. Emery, a notary public, says she’ll lean out of the drive through window, pronounce people man and wife, then give them a certificate. Elapsed time: five minutes. Cost: $75.

Jeni Hughes, 28, says she’s thinking about the marriage-to-go.

``We wanted to get married in a park or a boat, but it’s not working out,″ she said. ``If I get any more aggravated I might do it.″


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A man brandishing a beer bottle abducted a kitten from its front lawn recently, demanding a Tickle Me Elmo doll as ransom.

Kathryn Hamilton awoke to someone banging on her door in the early morning hours Tuesday. When she opened up she saw a drunken man with a beer bottle who picked up Blue, her blue-eyed female kitten, and threatened to harm it if she didn’t hand over the doll.

``I have never seen this man,″ Mrs. Hamilton said. ``I told him I didn’t have his doll. I was so upset, so terrified.″

The abductor was unmoved. He carried the cat to his car and yelled: ``If you want your cat back, gimme Elmo.″

Mrs. Hamilton is aghast.

``I knew the things were (selling) like nuts, but I can’t imagine someone would (hurt a cat) for one,″ she said.

The cat is still missing.


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) _ A judge must decide whether a mouse in a McDonald’s pie was baked in, or as the restaurant charges, planted by the pie-eater.

Richard Lang claims he bit the head off a mouse while eating an apple pie he bought at a McDonald’s in January 1995. He is suing the restaurant and pie manufacturer Bama Pie in Tulsa, Okla.

Lang’s lawyer said the experience caused his client to fall, begin vomiting and foaming at the mouth.

But defense lawyer Scott Radovich claims Lang suffers from an attention-getting disorder.

``We believe Mr. Lang manufactured this entire incident,″ Radovich charged in his opening statement Wednesday.

Among the evidence:

_Pie filling is pumped through 1-inch pipes, so the mouse could not have come through there, says the defense.

_Pies are cut into rectangles, yet the mouse was whole.

_Pies are cooked at an internal temperature of 190 degrees Fahrenheit. The mouse in Lang’s pie reached a temperature of no more than 160 degrees, according to enzyme tests conducted on the mouse tissue.

Among those scheduled to testify are a rodent expert, a microbiologist, and a veterinarian that performed a necropsy on the mouse.

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