Suit filed over pigeon drugging charges
NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- A suburban New York man is denying he drugged his racing pigeons and is suing the Bronx Homing Pigeon Club for saying he did.
The New York Post reports Peter Lepore of Westchester County is seeking $650,000 in damages and legal fees from rivals he says falsely accused him and his teammates of drugging the birds.
"Defendants' statement was defamatory ... in that it exposed the plaintiff to public contempt, ridicule, aversion or disgrace, or induced an evil opinion of him in the minds of right-thinking persons, and deprived him of their friendly intercourse in society, specifically in the pigeon-racing community," the suit claims.
The club kept Lepore out of an April 9 competition at the Stamford Pigeon Club in Connecticut.
GNC drops Pat Robertson's muscle drink
NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- U.S. nutritional supplement firm GNC Corp. will no longer sell a protein drink associated with the Rev. Pat Robertson, a noted televangelist.
The corporation, which did not elaborate on the reason for its move, comes despite high praise from the drink's creator, the head of the Christian Broadcasting Network, The New York Times reported Monday.
Robertson, 76, credits his "protein shake" with the ability to leg press 2,000 pounds -- 665 pounds more than the current world record.
Last August GNC began selling a form of Robertson's health drink, which it obtained from an Ohio company, Basic Organics. The recipe for the drink remains available on the Christian Broadcasting Network's Web site.
Meanwhile, a religious media watchdog group said Robertson was essentially the sole support for the beverage.
"There wouldn't be a Pat's Shake in GNC stores if he couldn't promote it on-air," said Ole Anthony, the president of Trinity Foundation. Robertson plugged his shake on his 700 Club TV show "over the donor-paid airtimes," Anthony said. "That's what was insidious."
Last Checker cab goes for $9,400
NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- Maybe it had something to do with the meter but the last Checker cab to ply New York streets went for only $9,400 at auction.
The price at Christie's was $125,000 less than what jazz singer Anders Holst paid in 1999.
"Oh, my goodness. I wonder why it's so low," one of the cab's former owners, Earl Johnson, remarked to the New York Post after the Sunday bidding.
Christie's had valued the taxi at $10,000 to $15,000.
Ohio man sets bowling record
MIDDLETON, Ohio, June 6 (UPI) -- A Mason, Ohio, man has captured the Guinness record for bowling for the second time, knocking down pins for 102 hours, 1 minute and 25 seconds.
Dave Wilson, 40, raised $13,000 for cancer research in accomplishing the feat in 481 games. The first thing he did afterward was drink a Guinness stout in celebration.
The first time Wilson won the record, he rolled the ball for 64 hours and 22 minutes to win $7,100, but it was broken just five days later by a Canadian man.
"It was unfinished business after having had the record for only five days last time," Wilson told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Wilson began his quest Tuesday and took one 15-minute break every eight hours. A Webcam logged his saga every 15 seconds. He also kept a blog, which at one time indicated he couldn't remember why he was holding a bowling ball.