Derek Jeter Strikes Out

New York's Derek Jeter is going to prison.

Not the Derek Jeter (search) who plays baseball in the Bronx, but the other Derek Jeter — the one who lives in Brooklyn and was convicted Wednesday of selling a machine gun to an undercover FBI agent.

This Jeter, at age 23 seven years younger than the Yankees shortstop and team captain, tells the New York Post he's used to the confusion.

"I like him. I'm a Yankees fan," said the cheerful defendant before his conviction.

Jeter was being retried after an earlier court proceeding ended in a mistrial.

Unfortunately, his luck struck out — the jury took only two hours to find him guilty of possessing and transporting a semiautomatic weapon while on parole.

"It's a biased system," said his father — Eric Jeter. "They shouldn't have been able to try him again."

Tiger to Be Turned Into Butter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman known as the "butter cow lady" for her life-size butter sculptures of dairy cows says she wants to do a likeness of golfer Tiger Woods (search) at the Iowa State Fair.

"He's going to be sitting down with a club next to him and he's going to be scratching a live tiger, so to speak, on the head," said Norma Lyon on Wednesday.

Lyon, 75, lives on a dairy farm near Toledo. She carves a full-size dairy cow out of butter at the fair each year. Her cows have been a highlight for nearly five decades.

In recent years, she started adding other sculptures, including Elvis, Garth Brooks and John Wayne, and in 1999, she celebrated her 40th year at the fair with a life-size butter version of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper."

Lyons said she doesn't play golf, but she enjoys watching it — especially when Tiger's playing.

"I've watched when he hasn't played, but it's not near as fun," she said.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Tiger Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said he wasn't aware of the butter sculpture and declined further comment.

X-Ray Man Had Better Be Green Bay Fan

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The buyer of Brett Favre's (search) house says he was sold by the size of the residence, not the fact that its owner is the Green Bay Packers' star quarterback.

Still, "It was icing on the cake and a little more exciting for the kids," said radiologist Scott Gage.

Gage and his wife, a pediatrician, will move into the 7,800-square-foot house this summer with six of their eight children.

The house is on a cul-de-sac and has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and a racquetball court, among other amenities.

"Size was the key," Gage said. "After the realtor determined that we were qualified to look at it, he told us that it was Favre's house."

The asking price was $895,000, down from the $1.3 million Favre and his wife, Deanna, asked when they put it up for sale two years ago. County property tax records put the fair market value in 2004 at $958,100.

Gage, who declined to disclose his purchase price, said he hasn't met the Favres and doesn't expect them to be at the closing, where the sale will be finalized.

"He's got better things to do," Gage said.

State Finance Official Left Hanging by Unpaid Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's deputy finance commissioner spent 13 hours stuck in an elevator at the state Capitol after no one paid a phone bill.

Jerry Adams, who oversees Tennessee's $25 billion budget, was working alone a few weekends ago when he stepped into an elevator, which promptly broke and left him stranded between floors.

Adams picked up the phone in the elevator, but it didn't work because the bill for the phone hadn't been paid and the service was disconnected, officials said.

Finance Department spokeswoman Lola Potter said the bill was mistakenly sent to the Department of Human Services. Officials there had no record of the line and didn't pay the bill.

In the elevator, Adams said the only thing he could do was push a button that rang an emergency bell. He did that every five minutes for hours, but the building was deserted.

At about 4 a.m. the next morning, the cleaning crew heard Adams stirring and rescue crews finally freed him.

"It was not the way I wanted to spend a Sunday evening," said Adams, who lives alone.

Volunteer Picks Up Town's Road Kill

TYRONE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Road kill is usually something to be avoided. But Tim Strong doesn't think so.

He hauls away road kill — for free — because the Livingston County Road Commission says it can't afford to do it.

"Not that this is my dream job or anything," said Strong, 35. "But it makes me feel good — like I'm doing something to help my kids out. It gives me the satisfaction that I've done something right."

When a deer or other animal comes out on the losing end of a collision with a car or truck, Strong — pickup truck and outdoor freezer at the ready — is the go-to guy.

Strong buries some of the deer in a nearby field, with the owner's permission. He said another 30 are buried on his own property.

"I've got three to pick up today," he said Thursday. "One lady called at 3 in the morning. I figured that one could wait."

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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