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Of Human Interest: News-lite

By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International   |   May 16, 2002 at 4:30 AM   |   Comments

STUDENTS LEARN IT'S TOUGH TO BE A COP

In the first all-day police academy-style training day ever held in Beaverton, Ore., students learned just how tough it is to be a policeman. More than 60 students, according to the Oregonian newspaper, donned makeshift uniforms and homemade badges to "go after the bad guys."

In several of the staged encounters, the "bad guys" won, much to the embarrassment of the students.

In the sprit of the Lone Ranger, one officer told the teens about ways to "shoot to injure" rather than shooting to kill. (They used to call that "winging" a criminal.)

One high school girl, from a police family, told the publication that in spite of her family's wishes she wants to be a lawyer.


SPIDER-MAN FANS CAUGHT IN THEIR OWN WEB

It's one thing to immerse your fantasies in the world of comic strip make-believe or even to copy the antics of pro wrestlers, but when the fantasy becomes fact, that's a different story. That's what happened in Taylor, Mich., when three students, describing themselves as dyed-in-the-wool Spider-Man fans, allegedly threatened to prove they had super powers in the halls of their high school..

According to the Detroit Free Press, the students, all three boys enrolled in Kennedy High School, told friends they were about to stage an attack on the school, apparently using pipe bombs, guns and a machete.

In addition, one school guard told reporters that he heard that the boys were planning to kill some fellow students, saying that they could emulate the super powers of Spider-Man in their attacks.


STEP UP, GET YOUR MARIJUANA BROWNIES

Taking a page from the hippie era of the 1960s, a student in Michigan baked up a pan of brownies. The Grand Rapids Press says he not only put the regular ingredients in a pot while he mixed them, he put pot in the pot. Then, according to court and school reports, the 17-year-old took the marijuana-laced brownies to school.

After discovering them in his locker, school officials showed him the door ... just days before he was to have graduated.

Now police officials in his hometown, Wayland, say they are seeking an arrest warrant.


FLEEING ROBBER CALLS CAB FOR GETAWAY

Not having his own car didn't deter would-be robber Rogelio Bueno from making off with a haul from a Holland, Mich., home, police said. Rogelio, after collecting computer equipment, a TV, stereo, camcorder and hand-held games, used the victims' phone to call a taxi to come pick him up, investigators said.

The cabbie told the Holland Sentinel it was weird seeing the customer load all the stuff in his taxi. He later assisted the police in identifying the man. All of the merchandise was recovered.

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