This Year's Must-Haves Come From Cellblock D

This season, say it with prison stripes.

The Maryland Division of Correction has launched a new online catalog filled with gifts for the person who has everything but products manufactured by inmates, the Associated Press reports.

The Maryland Correctional Enterprises catalog features 182 pages of "Made With Love in Prison" gifts such as the "Slammer" table, so named because they're used in prisons, and a line of Maryland-themed furniture.

"We're proud to be Maryland," said Jeff Beeson, executive director of Maryland Correctional Enterprises' board of directors. "We're proud to be the prison industry for Maryland."

About 1,600 inmates are employed by the manufacturing division, making between $1.10 to $2.60. And while the wages may be cheap, the sticker prices are not. Prices can top $1,885 for a desk, the AP reports.

It has trade groups crying foul.

"We would like to see open and fair competition where the industry can compete on an equal footing," said Michael Ochs, government affairs director for the Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealers Association.

Maryland law requires state agencies to buy from Maryland Correctional Enterprises any goods or services it can provide at prices at or below the prevailing average market price.

The catalog is online at

White Plains Hard-Pressed to Get Sam to Say 'Uncle'

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Uncle Sam is the biggest scofflaw in the city, according to the White Plains Parking Authority.

The agency says the federal government owes $111,465 in parking fines.

City officials say federal employees, such as FBI and Secret Service agents, postal workers and military recruiters, have gotten 2,237 parking tickets in 18 months and haven't paid for any of them.

White Plains is known for its vigorous enforcement of parking laws.

Parking Director Albert Moroni said in Monday editions of the Journal News that the city issued 240,000 parking tickets last year, which works out to about 27 tickets an hour and about $5.8 million in revenue.

Run! Run for Your Lives!

RAMSEY, N.J. (AP) — Some wild turkeys, it appears, were trying to get out of New Jersey before Thanksgiving Day.

A spokesman for the NJ Transit said train officials reported a dozen or so wild turkeys waiting on a station platform in Ramsey, about 20 miles northwest of New York City, on Wednesday afternoon. The line travels to Suffern, N.Y.

"For a moment, it looked like the turkeys were waiting for the next outbound train," said Dan Stessel, a spokesman for NJ Transit. "Clearly, they're trying to catch a train and escape their fate."

Transit workers followed the bird's movements on surveillance cameras. "I have no idea how they got there," Stessel said.

A Ramsey police dispatcher said the department had received three calls about the traveling turkeys, who also were blamed for causing morning rush hour traffic problems on a roadway.

"From time to time, I've heard calls that there are turkeys on the loose," said Erik Endress, president of the Ramsey Rescue Squad, a volunteer group. "Maybe they're trying to make a break."

Stand Clear of the ... Driving Cars, Please

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A driver took a wrong turn and headed down a subway tunnel in Portugal's second-largest city Monday.

The driver, who was alone in his vehicle and was said to be in his fifties, veered down a ramp set aside for emergency vehicles during the morning commute in Porto.

He then drove about 550 yards on the tracks, forcing operators to halt trains in the tunnels, the company that runs the network said.

Emergency services later towed the vehicle out of the tunnel.

The company, Metropolitano do Porto, said it was investigating the incident.

The Porto subway network carries more than 34 million passengers a year.

Maybe He Should Wear It Up?

JACKSON, Wis. (AP) — Jon Sanford takes good care of his hair, washing it regularly and conditioning it occasionally. Now he might break a record for that hair — on his arms.

One particularly long strand measured 4.1 inches. If the measurement is ruled official by Guinness World Records, Sanford will have topped the previous record of 3.96 inches.

"It's my mutant hair," said Sanford, 37.

Sanford is from Jackson, a town about 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee. He downloaded the necessary forms from Guinness, faxed them back and received further directions.

"I need two witnesses whom I do not know and they have to be respected in the community," he said of the instructions.

So he turned to Jackson patrol officer Shane Wrucke and fire chief John Skodinski.

"We're not always saving lives and protecting property. We also do other things," Skodinski said.

To comply with Guinness regulations, Wrucke and Skodinski accompanied Sanford to the bathroom before the measurement to watch him wash the arm hair.

"I condition it sometimes," Sanford said.

Sanford will receive a certificate if his application is affirmed.

His mother, Sue Sanford, said the hair was "gross," but his daughter Molly called it "cool."

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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