Voters the Real Winner With Ballot-Stuffing Bra

You've heard of stuffing ballot boxes, but how about stuffing those ballot bras?

A Japanese company has created a new undie set that is sure to be a hit among voters and those politicians vying for a few extra votes.

Triumph International's Voter Turnout Lift-UP! bra is designed to look like a Japanese voting box and comes with bottoms made of ballots. The lingerie's wearers or admirers can cast their ballots by peeling off a ticket and casting it in the bodice. A pencil case on a string will help voters make their decision.

"While increasing interest in getting people to vote, we also developed a bra that would dramatically raise the national interest in the bust," the Mainichi Daily News reported a Triumph International spokesman as saying.

This silver metallic concept number, though, might have politicians remembering those days of graft gone by. Each custom-made outfit retails for a hefty $494. No word on when it might become the election standard.

Get That Ol' Time Religion in the Big Box Behind TGI Friday's

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Jerry Weinzierl started his church 23 years ago in the basement of a suburban Detroit home. Now, he's going big time.

His Grace Christian Church is set to open this weekend in a long-vacant Home Quarters store in a struggling strip mall. The church spent $15 million to transform the retail space into a megachurch complete with a 1,600-seat main sanctuary, video-game arcade, a cafe with Starbucks and a bookstore.

"We want going to church to be an enjoyable and enriching experience for the whole family," Weinzierl, the church's senior pastor, told The Detroit News for a Monday story. "Even if someone comes in for the wrong reason, I can maybe make an impact on them for that moment.

"This will be a very peaceful place."

Weinzierl, 50, began his 1,000-member ministry with 20 people and sold his last meeting place in Warren to a high school. For about two months, he held services in the performing arts center of Sterling Heights High School.

His new 111,000 square-foot church in the Shops at Sterling Ponds sits behind a TGI Friday's and an Eat at Joe's.

Retailers including Super Kmart, PetSmart and Staples have closed up shop at the mall in recent years, but Weinzierl said he's confident things will turn around. A new Super Wal-Mart is set to become one of his new neighbors.

"They don't build these big boxes in bad locations, so if you can get one, it's a good thing," Weinzierl said.

Moo's Six-Week Vacation From Farm Finally Ends

MATTITUCK, N.Y. (AP) — An escaped steer's six-week romp through back yards, roadways and beaches ended when he was finally cornered and returned to his owner, authorities said.

The roughly 600-pound bovine, named Moo, was captured Saturday evening after showing up on a crowded beach.

Moo led police and a veterinarian through sand, swampland and into a back yard, where his escapade finally ended. The steer was shot with a tranquilizer dart, said veterinarian Dr. John Andresen, then taken back to Greenport farmer Joseph Barszczewski.

The farmer said Sunday that the steer — secured with a rope — seemed content now in the company of a horse and dog.

"It looks good right now after a very ugly whole situation," Barszczewski said.

Back in April, the newly arrived Moo broke through a metal fence, starting his life on the run, Barszczewski said. The farmer had just bought the steer to raise for slaughter.

Moo hunkered down in woods near Barszczewski's vegetable farm and then began to roam, covering about 10 miles of eastern Long Island, police said. At times, the steer turned up in homeowners' yards; at other points, he nearly caused car accidents on a local road.

"He didn't charge," said Southold Police Sgt. Raymond VanEtten. "He wasn't an aggressive-type animal — he just was on a mission not to get captured.

Doctors Remove Woman's Claim to Fame

SHANGHAI, China (AP) — Chinese doctors have removed a 1.18-inch-long bullet from a woman's skull — 64 years after she was shot by Japanese Imperial Army troops, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Jin Guangying, 77, left hospital on May 3 and is reportedly in good condition following the four-hour operation, the Shanghai Daily said.

"It's a miracle," Zhou Hong, the head of surgery at Renci Hospital in Jin's native province of Jiangsu, was quoted as saying.

"The operation was not that difficult, but it's unbelievable that she was able to survive for such a long time with a bullet in her head," Zhou said.

Jin was 13-years-old in 1943 when she was shot while delivering food to her father, a member of a guerrilla unit fighting Japanese troops that had invaded the region in 1937.

Jin survived under her mother's care, but the bullet apparently went undetected.

Jin suffered from periodic headaches and fits that sometimes left her babbling and foaming at the mouth. Fearing she might have a tumor, her family arranged for a scan that revealed the presence of the now-rusty and patina green bullet, it said.

State 'Helps' Gamblers That Help Themselves

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Most Pennsylvania gamblers aren't betting on their self-restraint.

Just 52 people have signed up so far for a new state program that allows compulsive gamblers to ban themselves from casinos.

Those who participate in the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's self-exclusion program could be ejected from casinos or have their winnings forfeited.

An estimated 124,000 people in Pennsylvania, or 1 percent of the state's population, are "pathological gamblers," according to the National Council on Problem Gambling. The group estimates that 3 percent of the state's residents are "problem gamblers."

Pennsylvania's program began last year with the opening of the Philadelphia Park Casino and the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs near Scranton.

It is similar to a six-year-old program in New Jersey, where the state's Casino Control Commission said there are 580 people signed up.

Pennsylvania could become one of the nation's largest gambling states soon, with five casinos slated to open by the end of next year.

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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