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POSTED June 24, 2014 7:10 p.m.

• THIEF STEALS, CRASHES MODEL A: PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Central Oregon authorities say a 79-year-old man took a 1930 Ford Model A coupe to church on Sunday to show it off. But when he left it so he could get a bite of lunch, sheriff’s deputies say, it was stolen and crashed into the Crooked River south of Prineville. Photos show the mangled vehicle in the river, but no estimate of the damage was immediately available. Capt. Michael Boyd says 34-year-old Erik Blake Halpin, described as a transient, was accused of drunken driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. KTVZ-TV reports that the man was fixing the car for a family that owned it. 

 

• WOMAN BACKS THROUGH DRIVE-THRU: KELSO, Wash. (AP) — Police say a woman was trying to back her car in into the drive-through lane of a Jack in the Box restaurant in Kelso, Washington, when she crossed over a median into a water meter and shrubs, sideswiped the menu board and caused $18,000 in damage. Authorities say the 21-year-old woman tried to flee Monday and fought with employees until police arrived. The Daily News reports police found she was “extremely impaired” and had arrest warrants for drunken driving and driving with a suspended license.

 

• SKYSCRAPER GAME OF TETRIS SETS RECORD: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — All the pieces have fallen into place for the designer of a giant Tetris game. Drexel University professor Frank Lee has earned the Guinness World Record for largest architectural video game display. Again. Lee and two colleagues created a computer program to play the classic shape-fitting puzzle on two sides of a 29-story skyscraper in Philadelphia. They used hundreds of lights embedded in the glass facades of the Cira (SEAR’-ah) Centre. All told, the “screens” totaled nearly 120,000 square feet (11,000 square meters). Dozens of Tetris enthusiasts played the supersized version in April using a joystick from about a mile away. The record announced Tuesday beat the previous one also set by Lee. Last year, he recreated the classic Atari game Pong on a single side of the same building.

 

• WOMAN CLIMBS INTO LION CAGE TO FEED THEM COOKIES: MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Zoo officials have banned a woman after saying she climbed over a barrier to the enclosure where lions are kept and tried to feed them cookies. The unidentified woman’s actions were reported by other zoo patrons, who saw her jump the barrier and heard her singing to the animals. After the barrier, only wire separates guests from the lions inside the enclosure. Zoo spokeswoman Abbey Dane told Memphis station WMC-TV the woman’s behavior was dangerous for her and the lions. She said the woman won’t be allowed back into the facility.

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