Birthday-Suit Sing-Off Set to Go

After a long battle, the townspeople of Berlin, Conn., can finally get naked in public.

More than a year ago, Marty St. Pierre, co-owner of the Berlin Station Cafe (search), put up a sign advertising "Naked Karaoke" for a laugh.

"It was always a joke, nothing more than that," St. Pierre told the New Britain (Conn.) Herald.

But people signed up — 120 of them. The interest was so great that the town let St. Pierre know he could be arrested for violating a sexually oriented business ordinance.

Co-owner David Koskoff, a lawyer, sued the town on the grounds that the ordinance was ridiculous, and won.

Last month, the town amended the ordinance, and, after two pajamas-and-underwear qualifying rounds, full-monty Naked Karaoke will finally take place this Saturday.

"I personally think it's an embarrassment to the town," said Mayor Adam Salina.

"It's a completely voluntary activity," counters St. Pierre. "It's not like I'm paying people to do karaoke with clothing optional."

— Thanks to Out There reader Jeff T.

Lost, Found, Arrested

EULESS, Texas (AP) — A robbery suspect was caught after leaving his wallet on the store counter — and then going to the police station to pick it up.

Joseph Fahnbulleh, 22, of Arlington, remained in the Euless City Jail (search) on Thursday night with bail set at $30,000. He faces a robbery charge.

A few days after the robbery, he walked into the Euless police station to pick up his wallet after a detective called to tell him someone had found it.

"Once we had the wallet, we called him to say it had been turned in to our lost and found," Euless police Detective Marco Valladares said. "We don't really have one."

A clerk told police that during a Jan. 29 robbery, a man gave him $5 for cigarettes. When the cash drawer was opened, the robber sprayed the clerk with pepper spray and grabbed about $200, police said.

— Thanks to Out There readers Tim T. and Buck S.

Vicious Attack Saves Woman's Life

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — When a man struck Sally Hampton with a beer bottle last July 4, his unprovoked attack wound up saving her life.

When doctors began examining Hampton, 64, they found a brain tumor (search) that could have killed her.

The tumor was removed, and now Hampton is fully recovered.

"It was one of the worst things that could happen to an elderly person, but in the end it saved her life," attorney Erik Lombillo, who prosecuted her attacker, said.

According to prosecutors, Hampton and her attacker were in a bar at closing time, and she led him toward the door so he'd leave and the bar could be locked up.

"He looked over at her, smiled for some unknown reason, and poured the beer from the bottle in her face. Then he took the bottle and hit her in the head with it," Lombillo said.

Hampton was taken to a hospital for treatment. During a test, the doctors found the tumor.

"It was basically a vicious, unprovoked attack, but the silver lining for this woman is her going to the hospital, having them discover this life-threatening health issue and making a full recovery," Lombillo said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Harley W.

With Whatever Weapons at Hand

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The manager of a shoe store gave a robbery suspect the boot by pelting him with boxes of footwear.

The suspect entered the Boot World store Tuesday afternoon, approached a clerk, pulled out what appeared to be a gun and announced the robbery.

The manager began throwing boxes of boots as the suspect pointed the weapon at several employees.

The suspect ran out of the store and hid in a utility room behind another business, holding a BB gun, according to police Sgt. Steve Shakowski.

Police arrested the 48-year-old man on suspicion of robbery.

Let's Take This Party Mobile

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Police found more than they bargained for when they stopped a U-Haul truck with a burned-out taillight.

Instead of furniture in the back, police on Monday found a rolling keg party with about 20 people drinking whiskey and beer. Eleven people were charged with underage drinking.

"They all kind of froze and didn't know what to do, I guess," officer Robert Marshall said.

The partygoers told police they rented the truck for someone's 21st birthday party because the bars were closed. The moving party was traveling streets without a particular destination.

The truck's driver first told police he was hauling a couch for a friend, according to police reports. But Marshall said he became suspicious after hearing scratching noises in the back of the vehicle.

The truck's driver was charged with reckless driving because the people in the back could have been injured, police said. Officers allowed the partygoers to call for rides and no one was arrested.

Student Sportscaster Almost Gets the Booty

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — A high school TV journalist made a bad booty call on the air.

Brad Devlin, a 17-year-old junior, was recapping the girls' soccer team's 8-0 win in his daily sports report for Estero High's closed circuit TV newscast.

The script, approved by the TV production teacher, said the team really kicked some booty.

But Devlin, an aspiring broadcaster, then violated the school's no ad-libbing policy by saying: "I love booty."

The term "booty" technically means a pirate's treasure, but in slang also refers to a girl's backside or sex.

Devlin was called to the office and suspended for five days for what was "inappropriate comments on live school television broadcast," Assistant Principal Howard Wendland said.

"I was talking about the soccer game. I didn't think it was that big of a deal," Devlin said.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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