Published March 18, 2004
In a scene reminiscent of the classic '80s movies "Footloose" and "Dirty Dancing," authorities at a Bend, Ore., high school ended a dance early last Saturday night after students' moves got a little too racy.
"Quite honestly, it's like having sex with your clothes on," said Mary McDermott, a teacher and Bend High School's (search) activities director, according to The Associated Press.
McDermott was referring to what administrators called "freak dancing," in which partners "grind" or rub their hips together on the dance floor.
"There's no other way to dance besides being up against the other person," said Mat Baker, 17, a senior. "It's just the way people dance these days."
In the week before the annual Sadie Hawkins dance (search), in which girls invite boys as dates, the school had warned students that "freak dancing" — a term most students said they hadn't heard before — wouldn't be allowed.
Baker said it was unfair for students to pay $10 to get into the dance, only to soon have it end.
"There were no clothes coming off or anything," he said.
But the school had heard plenty of parental and community complaints about inappropriate dancing, McDermott said.
"At some point you have to take a stand and send a message to the kids and say this is not OK," said Marshall Jackson, an assistant principal.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A typo on a flyer for Busch Gardens (search) led surprised callers to a recorded sex line.
The Tampa theme park inadvertently listed the wrong number its marketing fliers, which were mailed to some former holders of its discount Fun Card last week, said park spokesman Gerard Hoeppner.
Hoeppner would not say how many fliers were sent to the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas.
When patrons called the number to renew their Fun Cards, they heard a woman welcoming them to the "Pleasure Zone."
The recording urges callers to enter their credit card numbers and gain access for as little as 99 cents per minute.
Hoeppner said only a handful of people called to complain. The company is mailing a letter to patrons this week to apologize for the error, he said.
"Frankly, what happened is there is a typographical error of a single digit," Hoeppner said. "The fact is it's human error. This is unintentional."
— Thanks to Out There reader Stephanie M.
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — A French artist allegedly traumatized by last week's Spain bombings was convicted of trying to run over a pedestrian he mistook for Usama bin Laden and ordered to pay the man $615.
The 35-year-old defendant, identified as Pierre, was sentenced Tuesday by a court in this southern French city to a three-month suspended prison term. The man he tried to run over was unharmed.
Pierre's lawyer, David Mendel, said his client was the "victim of a hallucination" while driving Monday through Montpellier's historic center.
The victim, a man in his 30s, was able to run from the oncoming car, which crashed along the side of a street.
"If it was [bin Laden], we would have won $5 million," Mendel said, referring to a reward.
The Madrid train bombings, which killed 201 people, increasingly appear to have been orchestrated by Islamic extremists with links to bin Laden's Al Qaeda terror network.
— Thanks to Out There reader Sara W.
LANGLEY, Wash. (AP) — A teenager bleeding after apparently smashing the glass door at a gas station called for emergency aid — and was arrested, authorities say.
The 18-year-old apparently cut himself in the break-in Friday night at a closed filling station on southern Whidbey Island (search), said Island County sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Smith.
Surveillance videotapes indicate he tried without success to open the cash register, stuffed his pockets with packs of cigarettes and left, Smith said. He then returned three minutes later, again failed to get the cash drawer open and put more smokes into his pockets, she said.
That's when he called 911, claiming he tried to break up a burglary by two men who beat him with a bat and fled in a sports car.
He was jailed for investigation of two counts of second-degree burglary.
— Thanks to Out There reader Tammie S.
DURANT, Okla. (AP) — A woman allegedly trying to set up a deal to buy illegal drugs may be wishing she'd called information first.
Bryan County prosecutors charged Patricia Kay Michel with unlawful delivery of a controlled drug last week after she dialed a wrong number and allegedly discussed procuring drugs with her former probation officer.
Doug Canant, a state probation and parole officer, said he received a phone call on his cellular phone Thursday from a woman asking to speak to David.
"I just played along with her, and shortly after that, the conversation turned to drugs," Canant said on Monday.
The caller identification on his cell phone revealed the telephone number and he called police, who tracked down an address, he said. Canant called the woman back and told her he'd come by her house.
Drug agents showed up instead, and after negotiating a trade, the woman went inside and returned with two pills, an affidavit states.
The agents then informed her she'd just made a drug deal with police.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — When a cow left a barn south of Idaho Falls, nobody expected a chase, a wounded animal control officer or an attack on a police vehicle.
"I don't know what got into it," said Shelley Turnbow, who with her husband owns the 1,000-pound Black Angus. "We've been raising cows for 20 years and never had something like this happen before."
Turnbow, her husband, several family members, an animal control officer, a state brand inspector and two police officers spent about four hours trying to apprehend the animal, which had escaped Monday.
Two cows escaped by nudging open a sliding barn door, Turnbow said. One returned on its own and was found in the barn the next morning.
Several people reported the other cow running around the south end of Idaho Falls.
Police Sgt. David Frei tried to herd the cow by driving beside it. The cow rammed into his Ford Explorer, denting a front panel, and then disappeared somewhere south, witnesses said.
Later an official lassoed the cow but couldn't hold on to the rope, Turnbow said. Her husband stopped the cow by parking his car on the loose end of the rope.
Officers tried to coax the cow into a trailer, but it wouldn't budge. So Kris Colson, an animal control officer, set up a pulley system to yank it in. While setting the ropes, the cow suddenly tugged the rope, and cut the tendon of her ring finger, she said.
The cow was returned to the barn around 10 p.m.
Each year, four or five cows escape in Bonneville County (search), sometimes trotting down the road and tying up traffic, Colson said.
Compiled by Foxnews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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