Praise the Lord and Pass the Hair Dye

Published February 10, 2004

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Congregants at the Bayless Baptist Church (search) in St. Louis, Mo., thought something about their pastor looked a little funny.

The Rev. Ron Shrum, 65, sported red and blue mini-dreadlocks in his hair as he delivered his Sunday sermon, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Shrum had promised that if 400 kids came to Sunday school the previous weekend, he'd let them redo his hair.

Four hundred and nine showed up, and the job of hairstyling fell to Caitlin Beck, 17, and her 15-year-old brother Nathan.

The duo dyed one-half of Shrum's head red, the other blue, then spent half an hour twisting his thinning hair into braids for a look they dubbed "Liberty Spikes."

"That looked kind of sacrilegious to me," one parishioner joked after the service.

Nathan Beck was more inspired.

"It gives me hope for when I'm older," he told the Post-Dispatch. "Because when I'm 70, I can still have cool hair."

For the Man Too Macho for an iPod

Soldiers of former Soviet Bloc nations, Third World guerrillas and drug gangsters may soon have it all.

A British company plans to begin marketing an MP3-player adapter for the widely used AK-47 assault rifle (search), reports the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia.

AudioBooksForFree.com, who describe themselves as "the No. 1 U.K. online MP3 audiobook publishers," says their "AK-MP3 Jukebox" contains 20 gigabytes of storage, enough to hold about 5,000 songs.

The player is modeled on the AK-47's ammunition clip, claims their Web site, and can be mounted as such onto the rifle, or carried separately in a camouflage-colored case.

"This is our bit for world peace," the site quotes one of the company's partners. "Hopefully, from now on many militants and terrorists will use their AK-47s to listen to music and audiobooks … They need to chill out and take it easy."

Retail price is expected to be $600 with 300 mostly public-domain audiobooks preloaded, or $350 without. The Web site says the players will be available in May.

You Can Have the Cash, but Don't Speak Like That to Our Mother

The robber holding up a Winnipeg, Manitoba, deli must have thought things were going well — until he started insulting the owners' mother.

"As soon as he was rude to my mom, I went after him," Bob Hothi, 27, told the Canadian Press Friday. "I told him not to talk to my mom like that."

The unnamed bandit entered the Classy Meat and Deli wearing a balaclava and toting a pistol. He ordered Bob, his brother Jas, 31, and their mother Jaswant to open the register and give him the money.

Jas was in the middle of handing the cash to the man when the gunman lost his patience, yelling curse words at Bob and Jaswant.

Bob could bear no more, and thinking the weapon was a fake, rushed the robber.

The man pointed the gun at him and pulled the trigger several times, but the pistol malfunctioned. The brothers, with the aid of a passerby, held the outlaw down until the cops came.

Teenaged Punks No Match for Grandma

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Sylvia Gresham wasted no time when she realized that the truck she uses to cart around her grandchild had been stolen from her driveway.

The 41-year-old grandmother and her neighbor Teresa Brown hopped into a car and went driving around the neighborhood looking for the missing truck when two teenage boys drove it past them. The women followed and cut the truck off at an intersection, where Gresham jumped out and confronted the teens.

She pulled the driver out of the truck as he allegedly reached for a knife, then said she cursed at him and "slapped him around."

"I told him, 'Get out of the car, get the hell out of the car,'" Gresham said Wednesday afternoon. "I said, 'Reach for the knife again and I'll kick your [rear-end].'"

Gresham said the teenage driver seemed "shocked" and claimed that a guy named Josh had given him the car to drive.

"I told him, 'You're a liar.' I said, 'Do your parents know what you're doing?' I had him by the shirt and he was crying, saying he didn't steal it."

The boy in the passenger seat ran away, but Gresham, who is 5-foot-5 and weighs 140 pounds, held on to the driver, who was 6 feet tall and 175 pounds.

Witnesses who called police said it looked as if a man and woman were assaulting each other in the lanes of traffic, Springfield police Sgt. Thomas Borchers said. Eventually, Brown, the neighbor, was able to explain what was going on.

Police arrested the driver, Dennis Reeves, 19, who was being held in the Lane County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a vehicle, unlawful entry of a vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Norwegian Shoe Thief Runs Rampant

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A bold thief with a penchant for high-heeled shoes has been keeping women on their toes in the western city of Stavanger.

The thief, described as a male in his 30s, boldly enters homes, sometimes when the owners are there, and makes off with women's high-heeled shoes, the Stavanger Aftenbladet newspaper reported Monday.

He knocked on the door of one woman's home last month, and asked to check a number in her telephone book. She left briefly to get it and he jotted down a number. It was only after he was gone that she noticed all her high-heeled shoes were gone from the entryway.

He apparently came back on Saturday and stole more shoes while she was in the shower and her boyfriend was in the living room.

Another woman told the newspaper that high-heeled shoes had been stolen from her house five times.

Even though there are often valuables nearby, he only takes shoes and leaves everything else. Aftenbladet said the women had filed police complaints, but that there were no suspects.

Oh, Those? I Wear Them All the Time

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — James Cotton looked just like any other Wal-Mart customer buying a bolt cutter at 4:30 in the morning — until the cashier noticed that Cotton was wearing handcuffs.

According to police, the clerk took Cotton's money, gave him the bolt cutter, then called officers. Cotton was caught minutes later Saturday, after he had gone into the bathroom and cut off the handcuffs.

Cotton had been arrested the night before by the Haynesville, La., police on charges of battery and possession of a narcotic, but he kicked out a window in a police car and fled, authorities said.

Compiled by Foxnews.com's Paul Wagenseil.

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