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By United Press International  |  May 25, 2007 at 6:00 AM
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House ends up in street during move

AUSTIN, Texas, May 25 (UPI) -- A Texas songwriter discovered the hard way that moving house -- that is moving a house -- is not as easy as you might think.

Bianca De Leon's addition to her home in Austin, a one-story garage apartment, got stuck in the street about half a block from her property, The Austin American-Statesman reported.

De Leon blames the mover, Nick Morphis of AAA Austin House Movers. But Morphis said the trouble, including a broken starter on his tow truck, is simply par for the course.

"Everything takes longer than expected," he said. "You know, things happen; mechanical breakdowns happen."

As of Wednesday, the building was still sitting in the street, three days after it began the 4-mile journey from its previous location.

De Leon bought the building because she liked its details, including 9-foot ceilings and a hardwood floor. She sees another upside to the debacle.

"It's going to make a good song," she told the newspaper. "But nobody's going to believe it."

Jury agrees doggie doo can be free speech

GREELEY, Colo., May 25 (UPI) -- A jury in Colorado says a Democratic activist committed no crime when she left a campaign flyer filled with dog poop at a Republican candidate's office.

Kathleen Ensz faced a misdemeanor charge of criminal use of a noxious substance. Jurors found her not guilty Wednesday after two hours of deliberation, The Rocky Mountain News reported.

Ensz did not deny that she dropped off her gift at the office of U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave in Greeley. But her lawyers argued that she was engaged in a bit of free speech, demonstrating in no uncertain terms what she thought of Musgrave's policies during last year's campaign.

"Her only intention of going over there was to make a political statement that Marilyn Musgrave's politics stink," lawyer Shannon Lyons said after learning that he had convinced the jury.

Ensz resigned from an unpaid party post last fall. The campaign of state Rep. Angie Paccione, who ran against Musgrave, denied any knowledge of Ensz's act.

British woman sets helicopter record

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 25 (UPI) -- A 66-year-old British woman and her co-pilot have set a record by flying around the world over both the north and south poles in a helicopter.

Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill became the first people to make the 32,000-mile journey, after 171 days and 101 refueling stops, Britain's The Telegraph reported.

The journey ended when the pair landed this week in Fort Worth, Texas. They had left Texas last Dec. 5.

The flying duo's epic adventure is even more impressive, given that in 2003 Murray and Bodill suffered serious injuries after crashing into an Antarctic ice shelf.

"We've just landed and this is the most incredible moment. It's emotional, it's just terrific," Murray told The Telegraph. "We really have achieved it this time; we've done what no pilot has ever done before."

She said it would make her sad to leave the helicopter that has been her home for five months but added, "It just feels wonderful."

Wheelchair user 10 times over drink limit

SCHWERIN, Germany, May 25 (UPI) -- Police in Germany pulled over a wheelchair for using the road and discovered its operator had a blood alcohol content 10 times the legal limit for drivers.

"He was right in the middle of the road," a city of Schwerin police spokesman told Britain's Sky News. "The officers couldn't quite believe it when they saw the results of the breath test. That's a life-threatening figure."

The legal blood alcohol limit in Germany is 0.05 percent. The man in the wheelchair tested at 0.5 percent, police said.

The 31-year-old man was technically a pedestrian, so he will not be charged with a driving offense, police said.

"But he is facing some sort of punishment. It's just not clear yet what exactly that will be," police said.

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