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By United Press International  |  Jan. 14, 2005 at 6:01 AM
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British sculpture bound to look like poo

BASSINGBOURN, England, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A British village plans to erect a monument to its heritage featuring "bronze dung globules the size of large beach balls," Sky News reported Thursday.

Local retired woodworking teacher David Billings of Bassingbourn came up with the idea after the district council invited villages in the area to think of ways their heritage could be celebrated in public art works.

The $18,000 four-dung work will sit atop a 3-foot tall plinth in the village green, bearing testament to the work of 19th century coprolite miners, who dug up fossilized dung for use as fertilizer, the report said.

"I think it's an excellent idea," said Parish Council Chairman Jack White.

Other ideas were to feature a heron, which used to be common in the area, or a tribute to U.S. bombers that flew from the area in World War II.

"Villagers preferred this," White said.

Conservatives greeted on Web site by porn

LONDON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Britain's conservative politicians didn't hear from their constituents on their Web site this time but instead were bombarded by hard-core porn.

The vivid sexual images on the Web site were accompanied by offers of porn movies, the Sun reported.

Conservative heads in North Wales later discovered they had forgotten to renew their membership on the Web site, which was then bought by an Internet user who filled it with porn actresses, the report said.

Local party spokeswoman Gwadys Jones said: "It is being sorted out. We are buying the name back. We have all been very upset by this."

Chicago pair fined for speeding 4 times

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A 21-year-old Chicago man nabbed for speeding in Wisconsin three times in four hours says he likes the publicity, but doesn't want his parents to find out.

Piotr Pac was fined three times by the Wisconsin State Patrol on New Year's Day. Soon after, as he slept in the car, his 18-year-old girlfriend Emilia Goralczyk was stopped for speeding as well. In all four cases, both were also fined for not wearing seatbelts, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said.

The total of their fines comes to $1,393.

Pac said his father knows he got caught speeding near home a few days before New Year's but he doesn't know about the Wisconsin tickets, nor the one he got a few days later near home for driving 72 in a 35 mph zone.

"My father kicked my ass" after the first ticket, "so I can't tell him about this stuff in Wisconsin," Pac said.

Pac said he has been driving since he was 9 in his native Poland and he has been safe at high speeds during his five years in the United States.

"You have to have an exciting life," he said.

Framed man wants piece of cops' pensions

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A New York City man who was wrongly jailed for eight years has sued for a portion of each detective's monthly pension check, Newsday said Thursday.

Jeffrey Blake, 35, claims in his lawsuit three retired detectives and one soon to retire framed him for a double murder in 1990 that landed him in prison for more than eight years.

Blake's attorney Peter Neufeld said they could probably get more money by including the city in the lawsuit. But Blake, who was already awarded nearly $1.3 million from the state for his wrongful imprisonment, wanted to make it personal.

His wish could be short-circuited, however, as the city's lawyers have decided to defend the officers and may indemnify the men, meaning the city could pay for any jury awards in the civil case.

The trial is in adjournment until March 15.

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