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By United Press International  |  Oct. 28, 2005 at 6:30 AM
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N.Y. mobster gets jail pass for Halloween

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A New York judge has allowed a mobster under house arrest to leave his home for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Manhattan Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein approved the requests made by lawyers for accused Luchese crime family associate Alvaro Alvarez.

The ruling gave Alvarez 4 ½ hours to trick-or-treat with his 3-year-old daughter in Elmsford, N.Y., the New York Daily News reported.

He also can see the Christmas Spectacular at Rockefeller Center, celebrate Christmas and New Year's Day with family, and in January, attend his daughter's fourth birthday party at a fancy country club.

Alvarez was charged along with 30 others in a racketeering conspiracy, and was placed under house arrest after posting $1 million bond secured against his own home and $250,000 of his parents' savings.

Prince Harry 'mooning' over Chelsy

SURRY, England, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince Harry almost ended up modeling the emperor's new clothes when an army sergeant ordered him to drop his pants during a military exercise.

Harry's superior officer at the Sandhurst Military Academy wanted to confirm rumors the young prince had his girlfriend's name, Chelsy, tattooed on his behind, The Sun reported Thursday.

"Cadet Wales, drop your pants and show me your backside!" the sergeant reportedly told the royal officer-in-training.

After an exchange during which an incredulous Harry was convinced the order was indeed serious, he started to lower his trousers when the sergeant said, "It's OK Wales. I'll take your word for it."

Everyone including, Harry, 21, reportedly had a chuckle over the prank.

Scantily clad model upsets neighborhood

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A usually quiet Charlotte, N.C., neighborhood is still abuzz over that nearly naked woman being photographed down the street.

Benn Hill said he came home from work last week to find his wife afraid to take the kids outside because of the scandalous incident.

According to Hill and some of his neighbors, a camera crew for the men's magazine Maxim was taking pictures of a woman whose attire ranged from a billowing dress to pasties and panties.

Some neighbors called police and tried to take pictures of the photo shoot as evidence, the Charlotte Observer said.

They sent e-mail messages -- to the mayor, to City Council members, to U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., and others.

"I do not need this trash brought to my front door," Hill said in e-mail to City Councilman John Tabor.

Officers told the neighbors the camera shoot was legal as long as no private parts were on display.

Ford's bathroom policy: 'We're timing you'

WAYNE, Mich., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Managers at a Ford Motor Co. truck plant in Michigan are starting to collect weekly data on how long it takes workers to use the bathroom.

Earlier this week, Ford sent a memo to workers about their increasingly lengthy trips to answer nature's calls, the Detroit News reported Thursday.

It seems too many of the Expedition plant's 3,500 hourly workers are making a virtual expedition of bathroom breaks, which are contractually limited to a maximum of 48 minutes per shift per worker.

With Ford losing hundreds of millions of dollar each quarter, efficiency minded managers aim to eliminate losses by pinching pennies.

A company memo warns that managers will begin collecting weekly data on the amount of time workers spend on bathroom breaks and "respond appropriately."

But it ends on a positive note, saying, "We look forward to putting this concern behind us."

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