Comedy fest in Michigan opens with a rubber-chicken toss


A 10-day comedy festival in Michigan has opened with an apparent record-setting rubber-chicken toss.

The kickoff for the 10th anniversary “Gilda’s LaughFest” was Thursday, when organizers sought to break the Guinness World Record for the number of people tossing rubber chickens at one time. The festival honors the memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

Headliners scheduled at the event were Bill Cosby, Betty White, Margaret Cho, Mike Birbiglia, Kathleen Madigan and Gabriel Iglesias.

Spokesman Tyler Lecceadone says volunteers threw 925 chickens onto the Rosa Parks Circle ice rink. If certified, that would eclipse the record of 265 that the Haywire Group set April 25, 2010, at Artesani Park in Brighton, Mass.

Marijuana bales found in clogged Ariz. sewer line


Authorities in a southern Arizona city near the Mexico border have found two feces- covered bales of marijuana tied to a rope feeding into a sewer system.

Nogales police say public works employees hauled out an estimated 39 pounds of pot while investigating a clogged sewer line last week.

Investigators told the Nogales International newspaper that the bales were smaller than the size of a suitcase and tied to 900 feet of rope in a narrow pipe that connects systems in the U.S. and Mexico.

Police Lt. Carlos Jimenez says it’s the first time they’ve discovered marijuana tied to a rope they believe smugglers were planning to maneuver through the line.

Police say a search at the Rio Rico sewer plant, where the feed ends, did not turn up more drugs.

The drugs’ street value was estimated at more than $20,000.

Woman goes to Va. court with a tiny monkey in her bra


A woman turned a few heads when she walked into a rural Virginia courthouse with a tiny monkey clad in a pink-and-white dress tucked in her bra.

The woman brought the palm-sized marmoset to Amherst County Courthouse on Thursday for a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Officials apparently didn’t notice the monkey until the woman went to an office to complete some paperwork.

In an interview with The News & Advance of Lynchburg, the woman says the marmoset is 7 weeks old and requires constant attention.

The woman tells the newspaper she bought the animal on an online auction site and had its clothes specially made in West Virginia.

Associated Press

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