Does Heather Mills McCartney have a leg to dance on?

Bookies are taking bets on whether the artificial limb of Paul McCartney's soon-to-be ex-wife will fall off when she hits the dance floor March 19 for the new season of "Dancing With the Stars.", an online gaming site based in Antigua, opened bets Monday on the fate of McCartney's prosthetic, heavily favoring "no," Reuters reports.

The 39-year-old former model lost her left leg below the knee in a traffic accident in 1993.

"It's very, very unlikely my leg's going to fly off even though it would be quite funny to knock one of the judges out," she told the TV show "EXTRA" last week. "I'm hoping to show people that even with a prosthetic leg you can dance."

Those betting on a mishap should note that McCartney's leg "must fall off, not be purposely taken off, during a dance routine for all Yes wagers to be graded a win," Reuters reported.

McCartney is the first contestant with an artificial limb to compete on the ABC reality show.

She plans to donate her appearance fee to Viva! — an organization that campaigns on behalf of animals killed for food.

This Story's Missing the Feather Punchline

BERLIN (AP) — A 91-year-old German man was rescued Tuesday from a sticky situation.

The retiree from the eastern city of Magdeburg had been taking advantage of good spring weather to re-tar the roof of his garden house when he slipped and became glued to the structure himself.

Rescuers were able to free the man, whose name was not released, by prying him loose — bit by bit — from the gooey mess.

Authorities said the man wasn't hurt, but his clothes were a write-off.

Gran's Funeral ... Coming to a Computer Near You!

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — In Ireland, they bury people quickly — and now they're harnessing the speed of the Internet to help families grieve across the globe.

A Northern Ireland mortuary director has launched a pioneering service of broadcasting funerals on its Web site for mourners too distant, ill or busy to make it in person. It's reckoned to be the first of its kind worldwide.

"We have one camera to give you the perspective of the minister looking out to the congregation, one showing the hearse and cortege of mourners outside, and one that looks like you're sitting in amidst the mourners," said Jim Clarke of Clarke & Son undertakers in Newtownards, an eastern suburb of Belfast.

The family-owned firm, founded in 1918 by Clarke's grandfather, began experimenting with streaming audio and video of funeral services two years ago at its other mortuary and chapel in another nearby suburb, Bangor.

It is launching new software and a suite of cameras at its second funeral home in Newtownards this week — a development that, to the surprise of Clarke, has spurred international interest.

Clarke said more funeral homes should take advantage of the Internet, particularly in places like Ireland, where funerals typically happen within three days of a death — and a tradition of emigration can mean cousins from Calgary to Canberra.

"It used to be that we'd be asked: Is there any chance you can take a tape recording of the service for our friends in Canada? We always did that. Now we can offer so much more," he said.

About 20 percent of the company's clients use the Web broadcast, or about 50 funerals so far at the two chapels beside the mortuaries, according to Clarke. It carries no additional charge.

He said the service last year proved invaluable for two brothers — one living in New Zealand, the other in the United States — who had traveled back to Northern Ireland to visit an ill relative who then died.

"They said, 'There's no way we can get our wives and families here at such short notice,' and we had the solution to hand. It really removes a burden for some families," Clarke said.

Just last week, he said, the funeral home negotiated with an Internet service provider in New Zealand to upgrade one woman's connection temporarily to high-speed broadband so that she could see her sister's funeral without freezing screens or dropped audio.

Not just anybody can log on to eavesdrop on the grief. The service requires special software downloads and password access controlled by Clarke & Son.

"We're trying to use the latest technology to help families in a time of need," Clarke said. "We're not trying to encourage morbid curiosity. There is far too much of that on the Internet already."

I Guess We'll Eat, Drink and Be Merry Somewhere Else

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) — More than 100 people turned out at a Lilburn City Council meeting to protest a liquor law that prohibits karaoke, cards, trivia, dancing and other games in restaurants that sell alcohol.

Many in the crowd Monday night were on hand to support the Sports Fan Bar and Grill — the tavern where they have gone to sing and to play darts and trivia and shoot pool.

Police in the Gwinnett County city recently have started enforcing the ordinance more strongly.

Mayor Jack Bolton says Lilburn wants to attract restaurants, but it wants to keep out bars that he says are masquerading as restaurants. City Council members all expressed concern that bars would lead to increased crime in Lilburn.

In February, the police chief visited 17 establishments to tell them that entertainment had to be restricted to television, listening to music and other passive forms of fun.

The Sports Fan Bar was among those most affected. It offers karaoke, trivia and poker nights to attract customers. Bolton noted that dance clubs have sprung up as restaurants, which are supposed to get 50 percent of their sales receipts from food.

The council did amend the liquor law last night to allow arcade games in restaurants where alcohol is sold.

Laura Baldree told the council she was the 2006 teacher of the year for Berkmar High School. He says she also is a proud member of the karaoke group at the Sport Fan. In her words, "We're just going to end up taking our business out of the city of Lilburn, which is a shame."

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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