Video Game Gets Too Real

It's not supposed to be real, dude.

A Wyoming college student lost his temper when playing a networked video game and physically attacked his virtual opponent, police and college officials say.

Buck Nelson, 20, and another student at Northwest College (search) in Powell, Wyo., were on different floors in the same dorm, playing each other on networked Xbox (search) systems, the Billings (Mont.) Gazette reported.

But the game ended so badly for Nelson that he "became outraged, came upstairs and assaulted several people," said the Powell Police Dept.

"It was a case of a poor winner and a sore loser," said Police Chief Tim Feathers of the Jan. 22 incident. "They exchanged words, there was some pushing and then a couple of punches were thrown."

No one was seriously hurt, but Nelson was cited for battery.

"People get in arguments over games all of the time, but this is pretty unusual," Feathers told the newspaper.

Nelson faces a $750 fine and six months in jail — presumably a real one.

— Thanks to Out There reader Craig G.

Raw Sewage Processed Through Jail

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Working conditions in the Flathead Justice Center (search) deteriorated rapidly Sunday when raw sewage began coursing through the main floor and seeping into the basement, an official said.

The culprit was a male prisoner at the county detention center who flushed a blanket down a jail toilet sometime before noon, causing an overflow that damaged several areas, said chief detention officer Dave Hutton.

A 911 dispatcher told The Daily Inter Lake that it was disconcerting watching the sewage flow down the nearby hallway. Professional cleaners were called in and most of the mess was cleaned up by late afternoon.

Hutton said it would be up to the county attorney to file charges, but the incident was logged as felony criminal mischief.

— Thanks to Out There reader Debbie M.

Nearly Killed by Frozen Poop

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — It came from the friendly skies, and caused quite a bit of damage.

Frozen waste from a jet's toilet smashed onto a woman's car last week, crushing part of the roof and shattering the windshield.

A Massachusetts woman says no one is willing to help her pay for the repairs, or take responsibility.

Nina Gambone says federal aviation officials determined the chunk of frozen debris came from a jet's lavatory. But a spokesman says they can't do anything unless it can identify the airline responsible.

Gambone says she called her fire department in Leominster, which says they can't remove the glob because it is classified as hazardous waste.

The only good news is the woman and her 13-year-old son had just left the car before it was hit.

— Thanks to Out There reader Aaron C.

When Is a Wedding Not a Wedding?

TAMPA (AP) — Beth Rice stood in front of 50 guests last summer in a Las Vegas wedding chapel, went through a traditional Jewish ceremony with her boyfriend Stanley Blacker and then headed off on their honeymoon.

But when Rice's ex-husband sought to end his $5,000 a month alimony payments because she had remarried, Rice argued that what happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas — that she and Blacker never took out a license, so, technically, they aren't married.

Hillsborough Circuit Court Judge Robert Foster on Jan. 26 ruled that Michael Rice has to continue paying the alimony from his 2001 divorce. Michael Rice has vowed to appeal.

"This is a deception. What you have before you is deception," Michael Rice's attorney, Nancy Harris, told the judge. "It is a dangerous loophole that could be created by Ms. Rice."

Beth Rice said Wednesday she had intended to get married in every sense of the word during the June trip to Las Vegas.

But knowing her upcoming marriage would end the alimony payments, she sought higher monthly child support payments. When her ex-husband opposed that motion, Beth Rice said she decided not to officially get married to Blacker.

"He's not my husband," she said of her new "spouse" during the daylong trial. "We are living together. We are cohabitating. We saw no reason we could not cohabitate."

Foster pointed out that Rice and Blacker cannot legally file a joint tax return, receive the other's Social Security benefits or enjoy other common aspects of marriage.

"I think a de facto marriage has occurred," Foster said, but that isn't sufficient under Florida law "to terminate the alimony."

— Thanks to Out There reader Harley W.

Torn Between Two Husbands

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman accused of marrying two other men while still married to a western Pennsylvania man has been charged with bigamy, according to state police.

Julia J. Bish, 34, of Hempfield, faced a preliminary hearing Tuesday on two misdemeanor bigamy charges.

Police said she is still married to Randy Bish, whom she married in June 1990 and with whom she has five children, and is also married to a man from Bolivia, N.C. Another brief marriage has been annulled.

Julia Bish did not immediately return a call seeking comment Sunday.

Randy Bish, who contacted state police Trooper Gregg Norton about the matter in June, has since filed for divorce, according to Bish and court documents.

"It was Father's Day," Randy Bish said. "I was using the computer at home. ... I expected to find love letters in there, maybe, but I was shocked."

Instead, he said, he found reservations for hotel honeymoon suites, messages detailing wedding plans and a marriage-license application from Las Vegas.

"Do I still love her? I'd be lying if I said I didn't," Randy Bish said. "But right now, after this mess, that's a very tough question to answer."

Dumm and Dummer

NEWBURY, Mass. (AP) — The 18th-century boarding school in Massachusetts — Governor Dummer Academy (search) — wants to change its name to prevent any smart guys from making jokes about it.

Headmaster John Doggett said the "Dummer" name can make a poor first impression on prospective students and their parents, even though it's simply the surname of Massachusetts Gov. William Dummer, who donated land to start the school.

"Rightly or wrongly, first impressions make a difference," headmaster John Doggett said. "Certainly, when you go outside of the Boston region, the first impression sometimes doesn't convey what the school is all about."

Some alumni think it's a dumb idea.

"It's a horrible move," said Thomas Driscoll of Swampscott, Mass., a 1978 graduate and football co-captain who is now the Essex County Clerk of Courts. "Governor Dummer has such tradition. That's what troubles me about this ... The name is very special."

The school, which has 371 students, opened in 1763 and bills itself as the nation's first independent boarding school. The name has been changed several times, but has always included Dummer's name.

The school decided to change the name in December after about 2½ years of discussion. The Board of Trustees, which includes parents and alumni, will vote on a new name in May.

"We will celebrate our legacy in whatever name we choose," Doggett said.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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