Dog Tries to Play Football

Brock the Jack Russell terrier is safely home.

The Burn family of Dublin, Ireland, had feared they might never see their beloved dog again after he ran off from their backyard Saturday, reports the BBC.

Efforts to find Brock around the neighborhood proved fruitless, and things didn't look any better on Sunday, so man of the house Martin Burn decided to watch some sports on TV.

Eight miles away, an International Rules football match was taking place at Croke Park (search) stadium between Australian and Irish teams.

International Rules football (search), a compromise between Gaelic and Australian Rules football, consists of two teams of 15 players each vying for possession of a round ball that is kicked or punched between goal posts.

The crowd of 60,000 gaped, then started laughing when a small dog ran onto the field and started chasing the ball.

Back at home, Martin Burn couldn't believe it when the camera zoomed in. It was Brock.

The whole family watched as their lost pet attained his 15 minutes — well, really five minutes — of stardom as officials chased him around the field before catching him.

But ever wily, the Jack Russell got away again, only to be temporarily adopted by some children living near the stadium.

Two days of appeals in Irish newspapers and on the radio by the Burns finally got Brock home Tuesday night.

"Aye, he's unbelievable, isn't he?" said Burn. "He looks like he was in the marathon yesterday. Just as well there's not another match this Sunday. I don't think he'd pass the fitness test."

... While Another One Takes the Train

Another canine in the British Isles took a more direct route home — a commuter train.

Dana, a Great Dane, escaped from her owners' back yard in Ashton Under Lyne, a suburb of Manchester, England, reports the Manchester Evening News.

She wound up three miles away in the nearby town of Stalybridge, where she thoughtfully went to the commuter-rail station, got in line and boarded a westbound train.

Once aboard, she wandered up and down the car until passenger Christine Brough realized she was lost and took her in.

"She is the biggest dog I have ever seen, but she was so friendly," Brough told the newspaper. "She seemed to be a very well-traveled dog and she didn't scare anybody."

Brough tried to get railroad officials to take the dog back to Stalybridge, but they refused. So Brough took her shopping instead, then to her own home, where she began the search for Dana's true owners.

A couple of days later, Dana was back home, to the amazement of her owners, Stephen and Frances Warburton.

"No one can believe it when we tell them," said Frances Warburton. "Everyone we have told has cracked up laughing. Dana has gone missing before, but nothing like this."

Brough wonders whether Dana knew the train might take her home.

"She certainly seemed bright enough," she told the newspaper.

— Thanks to Out There reader Jennifer W.

Seven Pounds, 11 Ounces Means Reward From 7-Eleven

ESSEXVILLE, Mich. (AP) — For 7-Eleven (search) employee Erin Kappen, a surprise was in store when she had a baby.

Because Parker John VanWormer weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces when he was born Oct. 4, Kappen received a check for $711 from Garb-Ko Inc. (search), which operates the Essexville 7-Eleven store where she has worked part-time for 18 months.

Saginaw-based Garb-Ko pays the $711 bonus to any employee giving birth to a 7-pound, 11-ounce baby. It operates 90 stores in Michigan, nine in Indiana and eight in Ohio.

"It's not something that happens every day, but through the 26 years that I have been with this company, it has happened several times," Larry Hauck, the company's marketing director, told The Bay City Times for a Tuesday story.

Kappen, 22, of Bay City, said she hoped to use some of the gift money to open a bank account for Parker and pay some bills with the rest.

"I had no idea they were going to give me a check," said Kappen, whose son now weighs 8 pounds and 5 ounces. "I never knew that they had a program like that."

— Thanks to Out There reader Don W.

Some Things Just Make Sense

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Now playing in Corvallis, Pi Beta Rho fraternity, brought to you by Pabst Blue Ribbon (search).

In what marketers believe is the first instance of a beer brand sponsoring a student group, the beer maker has adopted the unaffiliated Oregon State University (search) fraternity.

But that doesn't translate to an unlimited, free supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon for the fraternity brothers, all of whom are over 21.

Instead, the Pi Beta Rho (search) brothers have gotten signs, T-shirts and even a dartboard from Pabst.

Fraternity members persuaded Pabst to sign on after a barrage of emails and phone calls to the San Antonio-based company's marketing team.

And ever since The Daily Barometer, Oregon State's campus newspaper, wrote a story about the matchup, inquiries have been pouring in from around the country.

Students from Washington State, MIT, Purdue, North Carolina State and the University of Michigan's rugby team, among others, have all e-mailed asking how they can start their own Pi Beta Rho chapter.

"I'm overwhelmed," junior Joel Van Dyke, 21, told The Oregonian. "I didn't think it would catch on this big."

The 160-year-old beer brand with the red, white and blue label does no major advertising and so relies on creating a buzz with promotions such as sponsoring the fraternity.

"It's the only one we're aware of," said Neal Stewart, senior brand manager at Pabst Brewing Co. "These are a group of guys who have adopted the brand. Like any subculture — bike messengers, a New York underground film festival — we support their lifestyles."

Larry Roper, Oregon State's vice provost for student affairs who spearheads the school's alcohol education efforts, said the Pabst Boys are on a positive track. It's entrepreneurial, he said.

"Our responsibility is not to mold [students] into a single lifestyle; it's to equip them with the tools to live a life of integrity," he said.

Russia May Ban Public Beer-Drinking

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's lower house of parliament passed legislation that would make it illegal to drink beer in public, news reports said Thursday.

The bill, which comes in the wake of a legislation passed earlier that clamps down on beer commercials and advertising, was approved in the second reading by the State Duma on Wednesday.

The measure now goes for a cursory third reading, before being submitted to the upper house and President Vladimir Putin for his signature.

The law would ban beer from being drunk on streets, in stadiums, on public transportation, in parks or in other places where there are no cafes or restaurants.

Beer sales would be restricted near schools and universities and to people under 18. Violators would be fined 100 rubles ($3.33), or about four times the price of an average bottle of Russian beer.

It's unclear when the upper house will take up the measure.

Drinking vodka and hard alcohol in public is already illegal in Russia, and lawmakers have said the new legislation was appropriate given recent terrorist attacks and heightened security measures aimed at protecting the public.

Brewers say the law will be impossible to enforce, and have called the measure "a witch hunt" pushed by the country's powerful vodka industry.

Spank, Spank, Spank Your Boat

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A couple who bared themselves during a boat parade for charity last month have been charged with public lewdness.

Troopers used video footage shot by a spectator who attended the Christmas Parade of Boats on the Seneca River to identify Ricky E. Setzer, 34, and Cindy M. Cramer, 29, both of Brewerton.

Police claim the video shows Cramer topless and wearing a strand of Christmas lights as she spanks Setzer's bare butt.

"We've been doing [the parade] for 10 years now, and of all the things I've tried to ensure against ... making sure there's no debris in the water, making sure everything is really safe, it never in my wildest dreams occurred to me that I would have to make sure that people didn't go dancing nude ... in a kids' parade," said organizer Patti White.

After the Sept. 18 parade, which raised $18,000 for the Special Olympics (search), White received several calls from angered spectators. One of the spectators provided White with a video tape of what happened, she said.

Setzer and Cramer were each charged with a misdemeanor count of public lewdness. Setzer was to appear in Clay Town Court Thursday, while Cramer was scheduled to appear Nov. 30.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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