Sometimes a low-tech solution can work just as well.
Bill Gillenwater, principal of Monfort Elementary School (search) in Greeley, Colo., was worried about all the cars speeding past his school to get to the new shopping centers down the road.
"We've had so many close calls," he told the Greeley Tribune. "It's a monster waiting to happen."
Along with concerned parents, the school has been raising funds to buy a radar-controlled sign that will tell drivers to slow down to the 20 mph mandated in a school zone.
But the sign will cost $4,000, and the school's only gotten half that so far.
In the meantime, things aren't getting better. One parent mentioned cars speeding around her as she dropped off her fifth-grader, and police reported 15 accidents last year, more than one per month, at the intersection in front of the school.
"Nowadays cars drive so smooth, and they accelerate so quickly, I would say 90 percent of the people don't realize they are speeding," said city traffic administrator Ryan Boothe.
So Gillenwater came up with an idea.
At pickup and drop-off times, he walks out by the road — and points an empty plastic milk jug at cars going by.
The drivers think he's a cop holding a radar gun, and they slow right down.
In the meantime, the school is accepting donations toward buying the radar sign.
— Thanks to Out There readers Derek L. and Greg M.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When five dozen roses didn't work, an estranged husband took out a full-page newspaper ad to ask his wife for forgiveness.
"Please believe the words in my letter, they are true and from my heart," read the ad in Tuesday's edition of The Florida Times-Union. "I can only hope you will give me the chance to prove my unending love for you. Life without you is empty and meaningless."
Larry, who declined to give his last name, sent the $17,000 apology to Marianne, his wife of 17 years. She left him almost two weeks ago, he said.
"It was a culmination of things," he told the newspaper. "But I am desperately trying to save our marriage."
Larry, who lives in Orlando, said his wife is staying with her parents near Jacksonville. But they blocked him from entering their gated community and she changed her cell phone number so he can't contact her.
A relative told him that Marianne saw the advertisement.
"She said my wife read the ad and started crying. But so far I've had no response from her," Larry said.
But the ad drew the attention of many other readers, who contacted the paper.
"They want to know if she has responded and if they have worked things out," said Jay Weimar, director of display advertising. "We tell them we are pulling for him."
— Thanks to Out There readers Johnny C. and Harley W.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Web-page designer who auctioned off the use of his forehead for advertising space is letting it go to his head.
Andrew Fischer (search), 20, of Omaha, who put his forehead for sale on eBay as advertising space, received $37,375 on Friday to advertise the snoring remedy, SnoreStop.
Fischer will display the SnoreStop logo on his forehead for one month.
"I look forward to an enjoyable association with Andrew — a man who clearly has a head for business in every sense of the word," SnoreStop CEO Christian de Rivel said.
"People will always comment on something out of the ordinary," Fischer said in his sales pitch. "People like weird."
But there were limits: He refused from the outset to be the conduit for any message or product deemed tasteless or unacceptable in traditional advertising formats.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — To get her sons into the Super Bowl, Barbara Langston is using some nifty advertising.
Langston placed a classified ad in The Florida Times-Union, which said, "2 kind, polite, well-mannered, teenage boys looking for Super Bowl tickets. Call their Mom."
"I'm their Mom and I think they are OK," said Langston, who knows she will pay a lot of money for the tickets, possibly as much as $1,000 each for tickets with a face value of $500.
"They are the kind of kids mothers dream about having," Langston said.
It's not that either of her sons, ages 15 and 17, are huge fans of either team — the New England Patriots (search) and Philadelphia Eagles (search) — but she said they live within walking distance of Alltel Stadium (search) and she believes it's the chance of a lifetime.
PUTNEY, Ky. (AP) — A man whose religious conversion prompted him to turn his adult novelty shop into a Christian bookstore is giving up because of poor sales.
"When you've done all you can do, you turn it over into God's hands," said Mike Braithwaite, who recently put the store and five surrounding acres up for sale for $55,000.
Braithwaite had a conversion in 2002 after he was booked on charges of distributing obscene materials at his Love World store.
He decided to burn all the leather gear, rubber playthings and other naughty merchandise and convert his business into a Bible bookstore named Mike's Place. The obscenity charges were dropped.
But Braithwaite said many people from this religious community in eastern Kentucky will not shop in a place that was once an adult novelty store.
The Rev. John Ditty, pastor of Harlan Baptist Church, said Mike's Place may be the victim of department stores that can sell Bibles at lower prices.
Braithwaite said he is glad he changed, even if he loses the store.
"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Braithwaite asked, paraphrasing a Bible verse.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — A Sullivan County judge threw out a case between a preacher and three feuding sisters and warned them to leave one another alone.
All four faced assault charges that stemmed from a family scuffle and claims of being possessed by demons.
"This is the most ridiculous case I have ever seen in the court system," General Sessions Judge Bill Watson said last Friday. "You people should be ashamed."
Reba Storey, 46, alleged the Rev. Clarence "June" Love, 83, called her demon-possessed and twisted her arm when he threw her out of church Jan. 9.
Storey and her sister Mary Steele, 64, showed up at the Assemblies of Jesus Church (search) wearing blue jeans to see their 88-year-old mother, Maude Yates. The church, which has a total of four members, forbids women to wear pants.
"He said, 'You're not wearing pants in my church, you demon,'" Storey said. "I said, 'I'm so glad I serve a God who can work through my pants.'"
Love's girlfriend, 68-year-old Rosa Harrison, who is also Steele and Storey's sister, said the women grabbed their mother, shoved everyone else out of the way and tried to carry her out the door.
"I asked them to leave," Love said. "They told me to shut my mouth. God knows my heart. I've never been cruel to no woman. They're just troublemakers."
Storey said it was Love who grabbed her and hustled her to the door.
"He said, 'I got all the demons out of my church, and I want you out,'" she said. "I said, 'I don't believe you've got all the demons out yet.'"
The judge ordered the family members to stay away from each other and set a court hearing for next year.
"It's a sad day when you have people go in a place of worship and do what was done in this case," Watson said. "I hope I never see a case like this come before this court again."
"Amen!" the preacher said.
Love said he plans to return to his church, where he says the sisters have driven away the congregation. The preacher wouldn't say whether he still thought Storey was possessed.
"All this has hurt the church real bad," he said.
Storey said she plans to continue her case in civil court.
"Do I look like I have a demon?" she said. "That's defamation of character."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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