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Suburb: Half-car joke is an ‘eyesore’ and must go

EDGERTON, Kan.

A Kansas City suburb is pressuring the owner of a cut-in-half car adorned with a sign reading, “Divorced. She got Ω,” to junk the junker.

The Kansas City Star reports that the half-car was created as a joke by the late-Edgerton Mayor Ray Braun who used to own the defunct gas station where the front part of the 1987 Chevrolet Citation is parked. Braun fitted the half-car with rear caster wheels and used to drive it in parades. Danny O’Neal now owns the property where the vehicle sits.

But City Council President Clay Longanecker says the car has become “an eyesore” and the Edgerton codes department has told O’Neal has to dispose of it. O’Neal plans to argue it’s a “landmark” and memorial to Braun.

Neither man was ever divorced.

50 Shades of Neustadt? Germans’ bondage prompts false alarm

BERLIN

German police say they rushed to an apartment in the southwestern town of Neustadt after receiving a call about suspected domestic abuse – only to barge in on a voluntary class on Japanese bondage.

Neustadt police said recently a concerned neighbor called to report that two men were abusing a half-naked woman in a nearby apartment. When police arrived they instead found the tenant, a teacher of Japanese Shibari, instructing a couple in the basics of erotic bondage.

In a statement headlined “Fifty Shades of Neustadt,” police said “the couple was well and in a good mood” when they inquired about their situation Wednesday night.

They even offered to have the officers participate in the class, but the police politely declined.

0.5K charity road race starts, ends with a beer

BOERNE, Texas

So many people registered for a very short road race near San Antonio that no other “underachievers” were allowed to enroll.

The first Boerne 0.5K was scheduled for May 5 in the city of the same name.

Organizers said their city permit wouldn’t allow more than 100 “fellow underachievers” on the 546-yard course.

Race entry costs $25. The event raised funds for Blessings in a Backpack, which provides food for the weekend for underprivileged children.

There was also a VIP option: For big shots not wishing to expend any energy, a 1963 Volkswagen bus transported them the length of the course for an extra $25.

A couple of brewpubs sponsored the event, and participants got free beer at the start and finish lines.

Associated Press

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