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Sept. 26, 2007 at 6:00 AM
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Cincy man learns if house divided stands

CINCINNATI, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Cincinnati police arrested a man accused of sawing a house in half, apparently annoyed with friends who agreed to build and sell him the home but didn't.

Rodney Rogers, 66, reached an agreement with his friends to buy a house his friends were building, WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reported. Rogers lived in the home as the work near completion and said he agreed to pay his friends in cash.

After the house was completed, however, his friends wouldn't surrender the title or name a price for the house, police said.

Rogers lost his patience, a family member said, and sawed the entire house in half, hacking through siding, drywall and windows.

He was arrested in connection with threats made against the home-builders and destruction of property.

His friends said they would have sold the home to Rogers, but he never offered money to buy it.

County office with crime problem to move

MEMPHIS, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A Tennessee county is moving a branch of the clerk’s office following three break-ins and a robbery at its current location.

Shelby County officials estimate that repairs after the break-ins in Memphis have cost taxpayers $30,000, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported. In addition, three employees took 90-day leaves after the robbery.

"They come through the ceilings and they come through the walls," Susan Henning, a county administrator, told the newspaper.

County Clerk Debbie Stamson operates seven branch offices where residents can pay county taxes and fees. The office with the crime problem is to be relocated to a mall with its own security.

County Commissioner Joyce Avery said that the move shows how serious a problem crime has become in Memphis.

Rookie Bronx Bombers visit 'Oz'

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Lions and tigers and bears -- oh my! -- showed up at Yankee Stadium when rookies forsook New York Yankee pinstripes for "Wizard of Oz" garb.

OK, only the Cowardly Lion, aka pitching phenom Joba Chamberlain, showed up Monday for the Yankee tradition of dressing rookies up following the last home game of the season, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

"It doesn't get any better than this," Chamberlain said, after telling reporters in his Bert Lahr imitation to "Put 'em up! Put 'em up!"

Pitcher Chase Wright transformed to the Good Witch of the North while fellow hurler Edwar Ramirez drew the Wicked Witch of the West. Right-handed pitcher Phil Hughes showed his heart as the Tin Man while lefty Kei Igawa was a flying monkey.

And righty Ian Kennedy, saying, "I drew the short stick, for sure," was Dorothy.

Still, Kennedy took it in the spirit of fun.

"It makes you feel like one of the guys," he said.

Tattoos not so taboo, survey finds

LONDON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Tattoos apparently are not quite as taboo as they once were among the British, but people still are shy about telling others they wear ink, a survey reveals.

A survey conducted by carpet-maker Brintons revealed that about 15 percent of people surveyed have a body art design they've never revealed.

Brintons said in a news release it conducted the survey to coincide with a new ad campaign that pairs the skills carpet-making with artists working in costume design, body art and fashion photography.

When questioned on temporary tattoos or body art, 53 percent of participants said they'd wear a temporary tattoo for a special occasion.

Twenty-five percent of women surveyed said they'd most like to have a design on their back, followed by their ankle, with 14 percent. For men, the arm was the favorite with 11 percent.

“Body art seems to hold a guilty pleasure for many people who enjoy having it but don’t want to tell anyone about it," said Rita Bancroft, Brintons’ marketing communications manager.

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