'Bible for porn stars' called misleading
LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- An anti-pornography preacher's version of a Bible called "Jesus Loves Porn Stars" has drawn the wrath of Bible publishers and the U.S. Southern Baptists.
The book made its debut at a major erotica convention in Los Angeles last weekend, where anti-porn crusader Craig Gross was handing them out for free.
"I believe Jesus, he'd be in the show with us," Gross told ABC News. "He'd be mixing it up with these people. 'Cause he doesn't look at them as porn stars, or porn producers. He looks at us as all the same."
The American Bible Society wrote Gross a letter refusing to print his Bible, saying the "wording ... was misleading and inappropriate."
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Christian radio host, agreed, saying Gross had crossed the line in trying to recover Christians who strayed.
But Gross, who also runs the XXXChurch.com anti-porn Web site, said no Bible is wasted.
"I think if someone cracks this thing open, that's our prayer, that's our hope, then their lives will be changed," he said.
Ballpark's Krispy Kreme-burger a hit
SAUGET, Ill., June 27 (UPI) -- An Illinois baseball park has increased attendance by offering an all-beef hamburger with melted cheese and two strips of bacon between Krispy Kreme donuts.
The idea was created in Atlanta by bar and grill owners Chandler Goff and Jeff Girard, who told ABC News they fine-tuned a recipe they found in a magazine and came up with the 1,000-calorie treat.
"We don't recommend that you make a habit of eating this, but I don't think once a month will kill you," said Jeff Girard.
In Sauget, Ill., Tony Funterberg, general manager of the Illinois Frontier League's Gateway Grizzlies franchise, saw it as a marketing tool, and said it's paid off with higher attendance and more people talking about the stadium's newest burger.
"I know it sounds weird but it's sweet, mouth-watering and makes me hungry just talking about it," said Keith Chapman, a Grizzlies fan.
Not enough peahens in Arlington, Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 27 (UPI) -- Four adult peacocks living in Arlington, Texas, are getting short-tempered and nasty with people, and it's evidently because there's only one peahen.
The city's Community Services Department called a public meeting for residents to share their stories.
One woman said her daughter was attacked and scratched on the stomach by one of the peacocks, others said their gardens had been pecked-over gardens, still others don't like the bird droppings, and some complained the birds had attacked their cars, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported.
Mike Bass, assistant director of community services, which supervises the city's animal control division, said the car attacks were understandable.
"What happens sometimes is the peacock male will see its reflection in the car's paint and think it's another male peacock, then move to protect his territory," Bass said.
Another community meeting has been scheduled to work out a solution, and thinning the flock remains one option, the newspaper said.
Florida man cited for feeding squirrels
TITUSVILLE, Fla., June 27 (UPI) -- Officials in Brevard County, Fla., are blaming a new employee for a series of summons issued to a retired Kennedy Space Center mechanic for feeding squirrels.
Jack Garrison said he was cited for squirrel at large, squirrel on the beach, squirrel defecating or urinating on public or private property and squirrel disturbing the peace for putting out water and peanuts for the furry critters. He even was cited for a barking dog even though he has only a pet cat, which stays indoors.
"I haven't even been to the beach in about a year," Garrison told Florida Today.
An anonymous caller contacted animal control, complaining Garrison's wildlife feeding was attracting raccoons and other critters.
Officials said the operator who took the complaint was new and entered the information into the computer system, which then automatically generated the notices.
"We have talked to this gentleman and told him it was a mistake. He's been apologized to," said Bob Brown, animal services outreach officer. "We've told him this was all an error and not to worry about it."
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