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Jockstrip: The world as we know it

By United Press International   |   June 23, 2006 at 6:00 AM   |   Comments

Underwear flasher back in N.H.

RYE, N.H., June 23 (UPI) -- Police in a New Hampshire coastal resort believe a flasher who likes to wear underwear on his head and nothing below the neck is back.

The most recent report, on Sunday, was from a woman sunbathing in Odiorne State Park in Rye, the Manchester Union-Leader reported. She said a man with gray shorts on his head flashed her and then disappeared into the woods as she dialed 911 on her cell phone.

From her account, the flasher might be more attractive with clothes. She described him as a middle-aged man with a big stomach and gray hair on his chest.

Police Lt. Kevin Walsh said a similar man engaged in similar behavior in past years, generally approaching a woman alone and disappearing into the woods. But in one case last year, the flasher also fondled a woman.

Walsh said police hope to catch the man because they can't be sure what he might do.

"He could be building up to doing something else," Walsh said.


Police: Burglary was the family business

ATHENS, Greece, June 23 (UPI) -- Greek police say a woman and her two grown sons had a long run of success at the family business -- breaking into apartments in upscale neighborhoods.

The 51-year-old woman, a native of Georgia, acted as planner and fence while her two sons, ages 29 and 30, did the dirty work, investigators said. They allegedly committed at least 113 burglaries in the past 10 months, netting around 500,000 euros ($630,000), Ekathimerini reported.

The mother allegedly sold some of the stolen items in Athens and sent others back to Georgia.

The sons were arrested last week during an unsuccessful break-in in Glyfada, a beach-resort suburb on the Saronic Gulf in southwestern Athens. They allegedly targeted homes in that neighborhood and nearby suburbs.

Police searched the family's home and seized jewelry, electrical appliances, computers and cell phones, along with 19,350 euros ($24,440).


Owner ordered to tear down $1 million home

BOSTON, June 23 (UPI) -- A defiant homeowner in Boston's posh Marblehead area has been ordered to tear down his $1.24 million seaside home in a coding dispute.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court issued the order against Wayne Johnson, who judges said was warned when he built the 3,554-square-foot house with its great view he was doing so at his own risk because of a coding violation.

Johnson's attorney said he would appeal, the Boston Herald said.


Thieves ignoring cars, taking the gadgets

NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- Car theft in the United States didn't rise much last year, but the number of gadgets stolen from them like GPS systems and even headlights is way up.

FBI statistics say thefts of parts and accessories and high-tech contents, including Blackberries, iPods and portable DVD players increased 30 percent between 2000 and 2004 to 1.78 million.

Most vulnerable are the portable, pocket-size Global Positioning Satellite systems that attach to the windshield or dashboard with suction cups. They cost between $500 to about $2,600, and are becoming a quick-grab prize of choice for thieves, USA Today said.

"There's no wires to cut or screw to pull out (as with) a radio," says Capt. John O'Leary of the Brookline, Mass., police, which has investigated a rash of such thefts. "You just pop off the suction cups."

Some late-model Mercedes Benzes, Audis and Nissans feature Xenon headlights, which emit a high-intensity beam and retail for about $1,500 a set, which has also made them a popular target as well, the newspaper said.

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