Minneapolis men may no longer be able to relieve themselves freely.
Booming bar business in the city's Warehouse District (search) has led to many drunks using the sidewalks as bathrooms, reports the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
"It's a nuisance crime. It's not permitted," said Kim Motes of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (search). "And we have bathrooms to take care of these things."
Motes' group plans to spend $10,000 on a campaign urging bar patrons to use restrooms before they stumble home.
"Go before you go" is the slogan being considered for posters and coasters.
"Try to get 1,000 people in the restroom and out before 2 [a.m.]. It's impossible," said Luther Krueger, a Minneapolis police officer. "People don't think about it until the last minute. They're having a grand old time."
Bar owners aren't convinced the campaign will work.
"At the time it happens, most of these people are so intoxicated," said Gluek's bar owner Linda Holcomb, "that I just can't see putting too much effort into it."
Should Have Forced Him to Dance the Lambada
An angry American's Brazilian vacation is being cut short after he threw a cup of water in the face of a crying baby on the plane.
"Ronald Harry Duffy had his visa revoked because of inconvenient behavior and was not allowed into the country," said Federal Police spokesman Wagner Castilho on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. "He has been ordered deported."
The 35-year-old Pennsylvanian had been seated next to a Brazilian couple with a baby during a Miami-Sao Paulo flight that landed Wednesday.
"Annoyed with the baby's constant crying, Duffy, who was drunk, threw the contents of a cup of water in the baby's face," Castilho said, adding that flight attendants had to "restrain other passengers who wanted to beat him up."
Duffy, who had been heading to Carnival celebrations in the northeastern state of Bahia, was held overnight in a private room at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport (search).
He was supposed to have left Wednesday night, "but all the airlines with flights to the U.S. refused to take him," Castilho said.
The baby's parents did not file charges.
Take Me Home Now You Will
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Someone lifted a 170-pound bronze statue of Yoda, the "Star Wars" Jedi master.
The theft from a flatbed truck was reported to police last weekend and artist Lawrence Noble, 55, of Crestline has offered a $1,000 reward for its return. The limited-edition bronze is worth up to $20,000.
"It's a real high-end collectible," Noble said.
The statue was one of four bolted to a flatbed truck parked overnight Jan. 17 at the Westway Inn on Colorado Boulevard. The driver parked the truck in the parking lot so he could keep an eye on the statues, police spokeswoman Janet Pope said.
But someone grabbed Yoda that night or early the next morning.
"We are treating this as a burglary, and we'd appreciate any information the public might have," Pope said.
The statues were being transported from Artworks Foundry in Berkeley to DKE Enterprises in Los Angeles to be sold, Noble said. Lucasfilm Ltd. commissioned the statues, part of a planned series featuring other "Star Wars" characters.
Good Thing They Weren't Playing Scrabble
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — The party game wasn't the only thing taboo. Three men were arrested on felony charges after a game of Taboo went awry at a Conway home.
Officers were called to the home Sunday after two men threatened others with guns because they were losing the game, in which one teammate gives clues about certain subject matter, but using certain words is taboo.
One of the people in the apartment told police the men were yelling and cussing and threatened them with handguns.
Officers searched a car at the scene for weapons and found hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia.
The men, aged 21 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated assault. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bad Taste to Live On After Its Owner
PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia (AP) — Phil Lee, a former construction worker in his 60s, says he'll use some of the nearly $100,000 (US$76,000) he won in the lottery to buy a less-than-reverent tombstone.
Lee said his headstone will read, "Been there, done that" and show "a champagne glass, a royal flush, a slot machine, a nude woman facing backwards and a stick of dynamite with a lit fuse."
He said he first thought he'd won the $25 million (US$19 million) top prize in the Super 7 draw last Friday, "so after I came down from the ceiling it took me two hours to realize what I actually had."
Unable to work because of lung problems from exposure to asbestos on construction projects, Lee said he also would buy a new set of teeth and some good walking shoes, share some of the money with his family and try "to break the Hollywood Casino" in Prince George.
No Snow, No Emergency, No Cars
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — Some residents of this Boston suburb were asked to pay for the mayor's snow job.
Many awoke to find neither the expected snow — nor their cars. Others found tickets on their vehicles saying they had violated the snow emergency called by the mayor.
Because of weather forecasts calling for up to 8 inches of snow, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone declared a snow emergency at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Within hours, with nary a flake in sight and barely any on the way, 3,000 cars were ticketed and another 200 were towed before the ban was lifted at 4:20 a.m.
The tickets cost $50, and the tow jobs $145.
"They shouldn't be able to charge you because they ain't got no snow," said Jeff Reislen, who got a ticket for parking on a snow emergency street. "This is ridiculous."
The mayor at first disagreed. He said Wednesday that he had no plans to forgive the tickets or the towing charges, which could combine for a possible $179,000 windfall for the city.
"We are at the whim of forecasts and projections," said Curtatone, who took office earlier this month. "Sometimes it snows more, sometimes less, sometimes not at all. We're all in the same boat as far as projections."
Late Thursday, Curatone backed down, granting a reprieve to those towed or ticketed for the phantom snowstorm.
Even before his reversal, he seemed less-than-confident looking back at the storm that never came.
"I don't think I've ever prayed for snow so much in my life," he said.
Compiled by Foxnews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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