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Rapper buys every seat, takes strangers to movies

PORTLAND, Maine

A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie.

Rory Ferreira, who goes by the stage name Milo, bought all 129 seats to the 4:20 p.m. showing of the movie “Sorry to Bother You” at the Nickelodeon in Portland, Maine, on July 14. The Portland Press Herald reported employees told patrons they could see a movie for free as they arrived at the theater.

Ferreira says he was inspired by the movie’s director, Boots Riley, to do something good for society. Ferreira, of Biddeford, also attended the movie, and tweeted an invite for anyone interested to “catch a flick wit me.”

The movie follows the story of a black telemarketer who takes on white speaking mannerisms to try to succeed at his job.

Tweet inspires ‘National Blue Cheese Dressing Day’

BUFFALO, N.Y.

The founder of Buffalo’s annual chicken wing festival is offering foodies another reason to indulge – with the creation of National Blue Cheese Dressing Day.

The inaugural celebration was July 16.

Founder Drew Cerza, known as Buffalo’s “wing king,” says the idea for a national holiday grew from a tweet sent out on National Ranch Dressing Day in March. The post from Frank’s RedHot sauce paired buffalo wings and ranch dressing. In Buffalo, where the appetizer was created, blue cheese is the preferred dip for wings.

In honor of Blue Cheese Dressing Day, fans at the evening’s Buffalo Bisons’ baseball game will have a chance to bob for wings in pools of blue cheese dressing. The team’s blue cheese character mascot will be ceremonially inducted into the Buffalo Wing Hall of Fame.

City seeks to evict catfish

BERLIN

A German city is looking for a way to get rid of a giant catfish that is believed to have developed a taste for ducklings after eating all of its fellow fish in the municipal pond.

The roughly 4.9-foot fish has been making waves in Offenbach, near Frankfurt. News agency dpa reported that the city government said July 16 that it has found a professional angler to catch the fish, first seen about a year ago, but a formal contract has yet to be signed.

The city plans to have its unwelcome guest caught alive and taken to a private pond somewhere, but officials will first have to be satisfied that it can’t escape into flowing water and that its new home is suitable for a catfish.

Associated Press

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