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By United Press International  |  Sept. 13, 2006 at 6:30 AM
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Irwin stingray revenge e-game rated lame

SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- An Internet game in which players avenge the death of Australian celebrity Steve Irwin by shooting stingrays is drawing tepid reviews among gamers.

Named for the "Crocodile Hunter's" wife, "Terri's Revenge" pits players against moving stingrays, whose screen image resembles Terri Irwin fires at them while trying to avoid getting barbed by the rays.

Steve Irwin was killed eight days ago by a giant ray while filming over the Great Barrier Reef, and his popularity was so great his loss was lamented in Parliament.

Accordingly, the game has drawn criticism for insensitivity on the MoFunZone Web site, the newspaper said.

"We are getting mixed reactions from our visitors regarding this game," said one of its creators, Josh Tuttle, in a site statement. "We should make it clear, this game is intended to be a memorial and NOT a funny parody."

Chicago Bears tackle furniture dealer

PLANO, Ill., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The Chicago Bears have cost an Illinois furniture dealer $300,000 by pulling off a shutout in their opening game against their NFL archrival Green Bay Packers.

Randy Gonigam told his World Furniture Mall customers if the remarkable happened -- a shutout in the season-opener -- all of their Labor Day purchases would be free and money paid refunded.

Yet the lifetime Bears fan was stunned when the Packers fell 26-0 to the Bears Sunday.

"I was looking for a way to create some excitement -- both for my business, and for the Bears game opener," Gonigam told Furniture World magazine. "Looks like I got a bit more excitement than I bargained for."

He said he would honor all refunds as long as customers showed up with receipts, and said he wouldn't rule out trying the stunt again, the magazine said.

"Well, I guess I'll have to think about that. Who are the Bears playing next week?" he said.

The Bears next play the Detroit Lions, who managed just six points in their NFL opener.

Ex-waitresses sue over weighty issue

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Two New York waitresses are suing their former bosses for allegedly requiring them to weigh in before work at a trendy bar.

Kristen McRedmond, 27, and Alexandria Lipton, 25, allege in their $15 million sexual harassment suit managers insisted only female workers take part in the weight-tracking regimen and said only female employees were ridiculed if they ordered fried food for their own meals.

Rosemarie Arnold, the lawyer for the two -- whom the New York Post termed the "weightresses" -- said "this has to be the most egregious case of degradation to women that I have ever seen."

The suit accuses Sutton Place of sexual harassment and of illegally firing the women for allegedly complaining about the weigh-ins.

A lawyer for Sutton Place denied the allegations and called them a "nice piece of fiction," the newspaper said.

Police say mom rewards son with marijuana

HANOVER, Pa., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman who faces up to 17 years in jail allegedly told police she smokes marijuana with her 13-year-old son every day.

Amanda Lynn Livelsberger, 30, of Conewago Township, Pa., pleaded guilty in Adams County court Monday to drug possession and child corruption charges, the Hanover Evening Sun reported Tuesday.

The newspaper said Livelsberger admitted in court she has been smoking marijuana with her son since he was 11 years old, usually as a reward for him finishing his homework.

The boy said his mother told him smoking marijuana would help him forget about his father, who is in prison for selling crack cocaine.

Livelsberger could face up to 17 years in jail and $36,000 in fines.

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