NEWS OF THE WEIRD: Lois Lane, Home Depot wedding and a butterfingered robber
METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) – The southern Illinois city that calls itself the “official home of Superman” has unveiled a statue of the superhero’s lady love, Lois Lane. Metropolis leaders unveiled the statue on Friday. The city already has a 15-foot bronze statue of Superman in Superman Square. The Lois Lane statue is modeled on actress Noel Neill, who played playing the female reporter with a crush on Superman in movies and on television in the 1940s and 1950s.
Artist Gary Ernest Smith created the statue and says making the piece was a dream come true because he grew up watching Superman.
Neill says she was honored to memorialized with the statue.
Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel says the statue will be a source of pride for the city for years to come.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh police are searching for a butterfingered convenience store robber who got away with seven packs of cigarettes but dropped all but $1 of the money he stole.
Police say the man robbed the Uni-Mart in the city’s Troy Hill section at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
Police say the man wore a ski mask and ball cap and pointed a handgun at a clerk who gave him $66.
A customer was in the store at the time, but nobody was hurt in the heist.
Detectives were reviewing surveillance video Monday but did not any immediate arrests in the robbery.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Why did the turtle cross the road?
Minnesota wildlife managers say it’s because turtles are trying to get from their winter homes to their warm-weather nesting areas. And the state Department of Natural Resources is urging drivers in Minnesota to give turtles a brake.
Carol Hall, an agency specialist in amphibians, says many turtles are killed on roads each year, especially during the nesting season.
The agency says drivers who see a turtle on the road should slow down and go around it. The department also says it’s best to let turtles cross unassisted. If it’s necessary to help, the department says to move them in as direct a line as safely possible.
Minnesota has nine turtle species, some of which are protected.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) – The bride wore white. The guests wore orange smocks.
A southern California couple were married Saturday in front of more than 100 guests at a Home Depot store where they work. The wedding party for 56-year-old Carolyn Weatherly and Audwin Mosby, who’s 55, marched down an aisle of light bulbs, grills and paint to the outdoor garden section, where a wedding arbor and stage had been built from the store’s lumber and supplies.
The bride says the store in Lake Forest is like a second home and her colleagues are like family.
A regional manager says it’s only the second wedding in a Home Depot.
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – A black bear that found its way to the roof of a mall in northeastern Pennsylvania has been removed.
The 400-pound male bear apparently climbed onto the roof of the Viewmont Mall in Scranton after it searched for food in a trash bin early Friday. Scranton police responded to a report of a bear going through the trash around 2:15 a.m.
When police put a spotlight on the animal, it climbed up a fence, got on the roof and began roaming around.
Pennsylvania Game Commission officers were called. They climbed onto the roof and tranquilized the bear, then lowered it to the ground with a forklift. Officers planned to release the bear onto state game lands.
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