SHORELINE, Wash, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A Shoreline, Wash., cafe has taken to serving a little sexual ambience along with its brew as part of a growing trend of "sexpresso" coffee stands.
By dressing its servers in provocative clothing and adding seductive titles such as the "Wet Dream" or "Sexual Mix" to its products, the Sweet Spot Cafe has embraced a popular new marketing scheme, the Los Angeles Times said.
Similar-themed establishments have popped up recently in other communities in the state of Washington, and all appear to offer their customers something extra with their daily coffee orders, the report said.
Sanitation worker Rob Chapman said he enjoys visiting the Sweet Spot Cafe on his breaks for that added twist to the age-old coffee service industry.
"I do enjoy coming here more than Starbucks," Chapman said.
King County Sheriff's Department spokesman John Urquhart said that while many in the stores' neighborhoods have complained of the erotic marketing scheme, it is legal.
"It's sort of like a Hooters for coffee," he told the Times. "It's not against the law. And the truth is a lot of them are doing a land-office business."
School ring lost in 1970 returned
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A class ring lost at Lake Wappapello, Mo., in 1970 has finally been returned to its owner after about 37 years.
Judy McMullin lost the high school ring while water skiing in 1970. Less than a year later Shirley Essary of Poplar Bluff, Mo., found the ring while she was boating with her family, the Cape Giradeau Southeast Missourian reported.
"It was just something I put away and didn't think about," Essary said.
The ring sat unmoved until Essary recently cleaned out her jewelry box and rediscovered it.
"The first thing I thought was, 'I have to find the owner of that ring,'" she said.
Essary went to Don Schrieber, the publisher and co-owner of the Daily American Republic in Poplar Bluff, after finding out that he graduated from the same school that the ring represented.
Schrieber took it upon himself to search for the ring's owner and eventually found her through her mother and many phone calls.
"I couldn't believe he'd found me," McMullin said. "When he told me where the ring was found, I knew it was mine."
Shopping cart race draws viewers, police
NEW YORK, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- When the annual "Idiotarod" shopping cart race took place this weekend in New York, the event drew police as well as spectators.
The New York Times said after police unsuccessfully attempted to cancel Saturday's Carts of Brooklyn Racing Association-sponsored event, entertained onlookers watched a team named Colonel Angus take home first prize.
Despite a formidable force including a helicopter, unmarked cars and even officers on horseback, the police department ultimately was forced to allow the annual race to take place.
But police remained to make sure the race's contestants, who are urged to cheat during the event, behaved themselves, the Times said.
Many in the New York community of Williamsburg were shocked as racers arrived dressed as the Village People, comedian Bill Cosby and librarians, the report said.
"I came to visit my brother," said Gilbert Ortega, who accidentally happened upon the quirky race. "I didn't know what was happening. I thought it was Halloween or something."
Cell phone jury can't decide on punishment
INDEPENDENCE, Mo., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A Missouri jury has found Marlon Brando Gill guilty of second-degree domestic assault, but cannot decide on a punishment.
Gill's crime was shoving his ex-girlfriend, Melinda Abell's, cell phone down her throat in a fit of rage, which doctors said nearly ended her life. The case made headlines nationwide.
It took the jury 11 hours of straight deliberation to reach the verdict, but since the jurors did not decide on a punishment, a judge will make the decision either to fine Gill or sentence him to prison for up to seven years, KSHB-TV, Kansas City, Mo., reported.
"It was difficult," said jury foreman Dan Gallaher. "We just sat around and covered as many details. Everybody in that juror room took it very, very seriously. They thought about every opportunity and they wanted to do the right thing and reach the right verdict and we feel that we did."
The jurors said they agreed against first-degree domestic assault because it carried a life sentence and was too harsh.
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