Nude Calendar Seeks to Raise Awareness of Town's Pothole Plight

Residents of a small Canadian town are fed up and they are getting naked to prove it.

People in Leader, Saskatchewan, are sick of the lousy state of their main road. In an effort to showcase their frustration to the world, residents posed in the buff with something all too familiar to their town: potholes.

The pictures are part of a special calendar designed to alert people to the plight of Leader's highway, Reuters reported.

Twelve local businesspeople posed in various positions for the calendar, revealing their birthday suits alongside some of their favorite potholes.

Leader, a town of only 1,000 people in a rural area of Saskatchewan, says it doesn't have the money to fix all of its roads.

"The potholes are not small, one-foot diameter potholes. They are many feet across and sometimes they're as deep as a foot deep and sometimes they will stretch for yards," Elhard told CBC television.

Garage Door Saboteur Newest Military Weapon

DENVER (AP) -- What do remote-control garage door openers have to do with national security?

A secretive Air Force facility in Colorado Springs tested a radio frequency this past week that it would use to communicate with first responders in the event of a homeland security threat.

But the frequency also controls an estimated 50 million garage door openers, and hundreds of residents in the area found that theirs had suddenly stopped working.

"It would have been nice not to have to get out of the car and open the door manually," said Dewey Rinehard, pointing out that the outage happened during the first cold snap of the year, with lows in the teens.

Capt. Tracy Giles of the 21st Space Wing said Air Force officials were trying to figure out how to resolve the problem of their signal overpowering garage door remotes.

"They have turned it off to be good neighbors," he said.

The signals were coming from Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, home to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint U.S. and Canadian operation set up during the Cold War to monitor Soviet missile and bomber threats.

Technically, the Air Force has the right to the frequency, which it began using nearly three years ago at some bases. Signals have previously interfered with garage doors near bases in Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

In general, effects from the transmissions would be felt only within 10 miles, but the Colorado Springs signal is beamed from atop 6,184-foot Cheyenne Mountain, which likely extends the range.

Holly Strack, who lives near the entrance to the facility, said friends in the neighborhood all had the same problem.

"I never thought my garage door was a threat to national security," she said.

David McGuire, whose Overhead Door Co. received more than 400 calls for help, said the Air Force may be able to slightly adjust the transmission frequency to solve the problem. If not, it will cost homeowners about $250 to have new units installed.

"The military has the right to use that frequency. It is a sign of the times," he said.

Teen Presents On-the-Road Peep Show

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (AP) -- A teen accused of ordering from at least three fast food drive-throughs in the nude faces an indecent exposure charge.

David Gatton, 18, of Columbia City, was found in the parking lot of a McDonald's by a sheriff's deputy after police received a call that the teen had been nude when he ordered from his car at the Arby's drive-through, police said.

"Maybe it was a way to enjoy the last of the warm weather," joked Capt. Brian Anspach of the Columbia City Police Department.

Sgt. Mike Engle of the Whitley County Sheriff's Department passed the car Tuesday night in Columbia City, 20 miles west of Fort Wayne. Engle said he turned around to stop the car and saw that Gatton had driven into the McDonald's lot.

When Engle got to the car, Gatton was putting his clothes back on. Police said Gatton had a clothed male passenger in the car and the pair had been making the stops as part of a joke. Gatton faces a misdemeanor charge.

No telephone listing was available for Gatton in Columbia City.

Can Collection Agencies Come to City Hall?

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- Most businesses and local government offices in this Caribbean capital were left in the dark after the power company shut down part of the service because the city has not paid its bill, officials said.

The cash-strapped City Council owes at least $1 million to the Guyana Power and Light Company, which is demanding immediate payment.

The lights were not turned back on late Friday.

"Incompetence on the part of some senior officials was partially responsible for our inability to honor a previous agreement with GPL, thus plunging us into this crisis, and our city into near total darkness," Mayor Hamilton Green said in a statement.

Local Government Minister Khellawan Lall sent a mediator to help GPL and the Georgetown City Council reach a compromise. The city has not been able to generate enough from taxes to pay the company.

Meanwhile, a few dozen people who work for the City Council protested in front of City Hall to demand their November pay.

So Much for Helping Your Fellow Man ... or Inmate

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) -- Jones County authorities are crediting two inmates with thwarting the escape attempt of a third.

Sheriff Larry Dykes said a trustee at the jail, Danny Lamar Odom, 47, bolted Thursday from a work crew toward a field behind the jail.

Dykes said Odom had been working in the kitchen and was helping unload food boxes from a delivery truck when the attempted escape occurred.

Dykes said two younger trustees, Reginald Ducksworth and Jacob Lambert, also were helping unload the truck. They chased down Odom and brought him back to the jail.

"I've never heard of anything like this before and probably never will again," Dykes said.

Ducksworth and Lambert normally wash cars for police, Highway Patrol and sheriff's department patrol units, Dykes said. As trusties, they do chores in and around the jail in south Mississippi.

Lambert told the Laurel Leader-Call that Odom "just took off and started running."

"I turned to the duty officer and asked him if we should go after him and he said, 'Go get him,"' Lambert said.

Odom ran about 150 yards before Ducksworth and Lambert caught him just inside the field.

Odom was serving time for possession of a firearm by an ex-felon. Dykes said felony fleeing is being added to his list of offenses, and the newest charge likely would add about five more years to his sentence.

"He's tried to escape before, years ago when he was being held here," Dykes said. "I guess he's gotten older than he thought he was."

Compiled by's Hannah Sentenac.

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