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  |   May 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM
Woman, 98, dons '38 wedding gown for show

MUSKEGON, Mich., May 19 (UPI) -- A 98-year-old Michigan woman said she was pleased to wear the gown from her 1938 wedding once more, this time for a vintage bridal gown show.

Agnes Anderson of Laketon said the dress was in perfect condition when she retrieved it from storage to wear in the show May 10 at the Samuel Lutheran Church in Muskegon, where her daughter, Alice Land, is a member, the Muskegon Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Anderson first wore the dress for her 1938 wedding to Delmar Anderson, who died in 1989.

"I never had it out, but pulling out the gown, you relieve those moments, all those times," Anderson said. "I can't complain. I've had a very, very happy life."

Anderson said she was expecting to be escorted down the aisle at the fashion show by a church member, but her son, Dick Anderson, made a surprise visit to walk with her during the event.

Twenty bridal gowns, dating from 1933 to 2006, were featured in the show.


Teacup poodle chases bear up a tree

KIRKLAND, Wash., May 19 (UPI) -- A Washington state man said his teacup poodle chased an approximately 200-pound black bear up a tree in his back yard.

Robert Carroll of the Rose Hill neighborhood in Kirkland said he ran outside when his 21-year-old daughter shouted there was a bear in the back yard about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and he watched as the family poodle, Shmoopy, charged the bruin and chased it up a tree, the Kirkland Reporter reported Wednesday.

"The bear was really startled -- I was not too worried about the dog at the time," Carroll said. "I was only thinking, bear in yard! Rose Hill? I have seen coyotes and deer in this neighborhood, but not in a million years did I ever think seeing a bear in this neighborhood was possible."

Carroll said he clapped his hands at the bear and it jumped from the tree into a neighbor's yard.

Alicia Ames, who has lived about a mile from Rose Hill Junior High for 12 years, said she spotted a bear that may have been the same animal about 6 a.m. Tuesday. She said her dogs barked at the bear, and it climbed her fence and fled the area. Ames said it was the first time she had heard of a bear being in the area.


Ramses statue sale put on hold

MEMPHIS, May 19 (UPI) -- A Memphis City Council member delayed the sale of a Ramses the Great statue to the University of Memphis to allow other bidders to make offers.

The university said a donor has offered to front the $42,000 to $50,000 bill for moving the statue of the Egyptian pharaoh, which stands in front of a closed arena, The Pyramid, to its campus. However, Council Member Joe Brown put the plans on hold during Tuesday's meeting to allow other potential buyers to make offers, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported Wednesday.

"I want everybody to be able to send a response back," Brown said. "Other groups may be interested and we want to be transparent."

The city entered into an agreement with Bass Pro Shops last year for the redevelopment of The Pyramid. The city and retail chain agreed the $250,000 statue should be moved.

The statue is the only replica of the 50-ton statue representing the 13th century B.C. pharaoh authorized by the Egyptian government.


Crash vaults woman onto garage roof

TWO RIVERS, Wis., May 19 (UPI) -- A woman who was thrown onto a garage roof when she crashed her car was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, authorities in Wisconsin said.

Two Rivers police said they responded to a report of a vehicle swerving in and out of traffic at high speed, and arrived to find the car had struck a Memorial Drive median, left the ground and touched down in the southbound lanes before rolling four times and landing in a home's front yard,the Manitowoc (Wis.) Herald-Times reported Wednesday.

Lt. Shawn Engleman said the 23-year-old motorist was thrown onto the roof of the residence's garage. The woman attempted to walk away from the scene before authorities arrived. She was taken to a local hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening.

Engleman said alcohol was believed to have been a factor and the investigation was ongoing.

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