Kite buggy driver seeks speed record
LAS VEGAS, March 19 (UPI) -- A Las Vegas kite buggy driver says he got his wind-powered vehicle to go 84 mp but he needs to do it again for the camera so there is proof he has set a record.
Brian Holgate, 28, who has been using kites for about seven years to propel his buggy across the Ivanpah dry lake bed, said he was hoping for a windy enough day so he can top 100 mph -- and then submit video evidence to Guinness World Records, the Las Vegas Sun reported Tuesday.
Holgate said he beat the record -- 82.89 mph -- once before but he had only GPS data to back up his claim, he was accused of using a car to falsify his data.
"My whole drive on all this is I want to have the record videotaped. I want to have it documented properly and be the first person to put it in the 'Guinness Book of World Records,'" Holgate said. "That will kind of redeem myself, not so much for them, but for me.
"I don't like people thinking I'm lying," Holgate said. "I don't want people to think I'm just trying to be in the limelight. ... My intention isn't to do it to be in the limelight. My goal is to do it because I want to do it."
Endangered penguin born at Minnesota Zoo
APPLE VALLEY, Minn., March 19 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Zoo announced the birth of an endangered African penguin, the first of its species to hatch at the facility.
The zoo in Apple Valley, which opened its Penguins of the African Coast exhibit in 2011, said Tuesday the penguin hatched March 2 and is being raised by foster parents as its biological parents were not properly incubating the egg, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported Tuesday.
Zoo officials said they have not yet determined the gender of the penguin, which hatched at 2.4 ounces and has since grown to more than a pound.
The zoo said African penguins are endangered because of hunting and habitat destruction.
Adrian Dantley working as crossing guard
SILVER SPRING, Md., March 19 (UPI) -- A former NBA star who played for the 1976 U.S. Olympic basketball team said he has taken a job as a school crossing guard in Maryland.
Adrian Dantley, who played for the Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons before spending time as a coach for the Denver Nuggets, said he started working as a crossing guard in September and spends an hour a day helping children cross the road for Eastern Middle School and New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, WTOP-FM, Washington, reported Tuesday.
"All I do is work out and lift weights all the time. I was in the weight room and a couple guys were talking saying, 'Man, I tell you what's a good job? A couple of my friends' wives they're crossing guards.' So I heard them and I said, 'That's something I want to do,'" Dantley said.
Dantley said he occasionally gets recognized by parents.
"It's pretty fun, especially with the little ones," Dantley said. "I just give them a high-five, talk to them a little bit, encourage them, that's it."
The former star said he doesn't need the $14,685.50 annual salary, but the job affords him healthcare benefits and something to do with his time. He said he plans to keep working as a crossing guard for the next 20 years.
Burglar returns money after 30 years
MIDDLEVILLE, Mich., March 19 (UPI) -- Authorities in Michigan said an unknown burglar sent a letter to the sheriff's office to return money stolen about 30 years ago.
The author of the letter said about $800 was taken from the Middle Mart, just north of Middleville, about 30 years ago, and he sent $1,200 to the Barry County Sheriff's Office with the hopes of having the stolen money plus interest returned to the owner of the store, WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, reported Tuesday.
Barry County Undersheriff Bob Baker said investigators were able to track down the owner of the store, who sold the business in 1988. The store owner, who declined to speak to WOOD-TV, told deputies he was pleased to have the money back.
"He was shocked just as much as everybody else was, 'cause this just does not happen every day," Baker said.
Baker said the sheriff's office is not attempting to identify the sender of the money.
"From the legal standpoint, the time has gone by and especially if this has bothered you for 30 years, I think you've suffered enough," Baker said. "I would say that you've made amends."