Alleged Burglar Nabs Self

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He may have tried to rob The Long and the Short of It, but he didn't know the half of it.

Concord, N.H., police said Thomas Dufield, 37, of nearby Laconia broke into the aforementioned whimsically named hair salon Wednesday night, but had a little more trouble breaking out.

"He thought he would come out through [the window]," witness Rita Cummings told WMUR-TV of Manchester, N.H. "Of course, he couldn't, so the police had to cut this out to get him out."

Cummings called the cops when she saw someone breaking into the salon, and Dufield allegedly dove through a rear window when they arrived.

"Rita said some guy had broke in," said salon owner Lori Haney. "I saw them taking his guy away on a gurney and he was handcuffed and everything."

Fifteen dollars was found in Dufield's pocket, allegedly from the salon's cash register, according to police, who added that the suspect had a history of drug problems.

Firefighters cut the window frame out around Dufield, who was bleeding from the head and waist from broken glass.

"I've been around 25 years, and we've had people stuck in windows and chimneys and stuck in tight places," said Lt. Walter Carroll.

— Thanks to Out There reader Donna S.

Fire Truck Plays Hooky to Crash Wedding

MUKWONAGO, Wis. (AP) — The use of the fire department's only ladder truck at the wedding of the chief's son has sparked controversy in this community

Village Trustee Dennis O'Bryan argues that Fire Chief Jeff Rolfe, in essence, authorized the trip by not immediately sending the truck back when it arrived at the ceremony.

"They put the village in jeopardy if the truck would have been in an accident," O'Bryan said Wednesday. "I personally think there should be some kind of discipline."

Rolfe said he had nothing to do with the truck coming to the Aug. 20 wedding of his son John, a paid-on-call firefighter for the department that serves both the village and town of Mukwonago (search).

"I was at my son's wedding, as the father of the groom ... that was my job that day," Rolfe said.

Officials said it was unclear who did authorize the trip, during which the truck broke down as it was being returned from Lake Geneva 25 miles away. The repair bill was $1,214.

The incident was being investigated.

— Thanks to Out There reader Donna B.

First Lady Nabs Prowler

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The wife of Fiji's president caught an intruder doing push-ups in a room at the couple's official residence, police told a court hearing Friday.

Police told the magistrate's court in the capital Suva that 25-year-old Iowane Tuinamasi leapt over a fence at the home of President Ratu Josefa Iloilo (search) and broke into the house before turning on a radio and beginning a workout.

"The first lady heard the noise and went to investigate. Once inside the room she noticed Tuinamasi doing press-ups while the music was on really loud," police prosecutor Suruj Kumar told the court, according to a report on the Web site.

She alerted an aide who nabbed Tuinamasi and took him to police.

Kumar said police were investigating how Tuinamasi sidestepped security at the presidential home.

Tuinamasi pleaded guilty to breaking into the house and told the court he wanted to know what life was like "up there" in the presidential home.

Magistrate Viliame Nadakuitavuki ordered Tuinamasi to undergo a medical examination before sentencing on Oct. 7.

New Zealand Election Goes to Dogs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was almost inevitable New Zealand's election would turn into a dog fight when you look at one of the country's 2.83 million voters — Toby the Jack Russell terrier.

Toby became a registered voter when his owner, Peter Rhodes of Queenstown, completed an enrollment form in the dog's name, giving his occupation as "rodent exterminator" and his age as 28.

He signed the form with a squiggle and Toby's paw print before returning it to the Electoral Enrollment Center, the Otago Daily Times reported.

Rhodes, an aviation safety specialist who said he was making a humorous point about local government bureaucracy, was shocked to receive written confirmation of Toby's enrollment in the Otago electorate on New Zealand's South Island (search).

Voting is not compulsory in New Zealand, and Rhodes said Toby had elected not to vote.

"The only roll he's interested in is a dog roll, not the electoral roll," Rhodes told the paper.

Electoral Enrollment Center manager Murray Wicks was more angry than amused that an application filed by a dog had slipped through the center's checking system.

"It's an offense, and whoever's done it will be in the hands of the police," he said.

Wicks said Rhodes could be charged with misleading a registrar of electors, making a fraudulent enrollment and making a false declaration, "to name a few" possible charges.

The outcome of the election remained in the balance Friday. The ruling Labour Party held a one-seat, election-night majority over the opposition National Party pending coalition talks and the counting of absentee ballots, but neither of the major parties had an outright majority.

No Internet Slang for Shanghai

SHANGHAI, China (AP) — So long, "MM," "PK," and "konglong."

The language police in Shanghai, China's largest city, plan to ban those and other Chinese Internet slang terms from classrooms, official documents, and publications produced in the city, newspapers reported Friday.

"On the Web, Internet slang is convenient and satisfying, but the mainstream media have a responsibility to guide proper and legal language usage," the Shanghai Morning Post quoted city official Xia Xiurong as saying.

Internet chat and instant messaging are hugely popular with China's increasingly computer-literate youth, who employ an ad-hoc vocabulary of invented, abbreviated and borrowed terms such as "MM," meaning girl, "PK," or player killer, for one's competitor, "konglong" or dinosaur for an unattractive woman.

Despite the move, Xia said there was no reason why the terms shouldn't be used in other settings.

"Our nation's language needs to develop, but it also needs to be regulated," said Xia, chair of the education, science, culture, and health committee under the Shanghai People's Congress (search), the city council.

Xia didn't say how the ban, spelled out in new language regulations being drafted by the congress, would be enforced.

A random survey of Shanghai newspapers on Friday appeared to show the congress had its work cut out.

"Zhang Yaqin goes to Beijing to 'PK' Lee Kai-fu," the China Business News said in a headline referring to competition between the new heads of Microsoft Corp.'s and Google Inc.'s China operations.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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