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By United Press International  |  Oct. 26, 2006 at 6:00 AM
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Lawyer loses license for being naked

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday suspended the law license of a Columbus attorney convicted of appearing in the nude many times.

In a unanimous ruling, the court agreed Stephen Linnen was guilty of multiple violations of the state bar association's Code of Professional Responsibility.

Linnen, who claimed he was addicted to sex, had also been convicted of public indecency, sexual imposition and aggravated trespassing for accosting Columbus-area women and photographing their startled reactions.

The series of crimes remained unsolved for several months and the Columbus media dubbed Linnen the "naked photographer."

Linnen will be eligible to apply for reinstatement as a licensed attorney in Ohio in two years.

As a condition of his reinstatement, the court ordered he must submit "an independent and qualified healthcare professional's evaluation of his mental health and the propriety of his reinstatement."

Reporter receives $27,933.55 gas bill

CHICAGO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Chicago Sun-Times reporter was surprised when her monthly natural gas bill -- usually around $30 -- suddenly jumped to $27,933.55.

Michelle Stevens wrote in the newspaper that Peoples Gas billed her for $27,497.08 for gas use plus a $404.60 late fee and current charge of $31.87 -- which is close to the amount of her previous bills.

A gas company meter reader apparently found the meter set at 00000 on Sept. 7 and the company assumed Stevens had consumed so much gas, the gauge rolled over to the beginning, a representative told Stevens.

The representative said she made a note Stevens was disputing the charge and a new reading was scheduled for Nov. 18.

Zoobomb bike pile may become public art

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A jumble of souped-up minibikes used in a weekly bicycling activity in Portland, Ore., may soon become public art under a city proposal.

The minibikes, stored on the street for the weekly Zoobomb rapid ride down a hill from the Oregon Zoo, would get their own city-approved parking space and be deemed a dynamic sculpture, arts and transportation Commissioner Sam Adams says.

Local shop owners have long complained about the "Zoobomb pile" of bikes anchored to a bicycle rack at the Zoobomb meeting point, The (Portland) Oregonian reported.

Under the proposal, the bikes would move to a different corner, where a curb extension would be built, Adams said.

"Handsome" Dave Terry, an artist and regular Zoobomber, told the Oregonian he likes the proposal.

"I think it gives us even more street cred," he said. "Getting the city to sanction this means we're not the bad guys. We're just out there having fun."

Paraplegic fisherman rescued from river

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A paraplegic fisherman was rescued Wednesday after his motorized wheelchair fell into Pittsburgh's frigid Allegheny River, rescuers said.

Tom Lippert, 45, of Spring Garden, Pa., whose legs are paralyzed, was fishing along a walkway near the city's PNC Park shortly before 10 a.m. when he fell into the river, which flows through downtown Pittsburgh.

As he clung to the shorewall, Lippert's friend John Force, 44, called for help.

A rescue boat arrived within minutes, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Lippert was taken to a hospital suffering from exposure.

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