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Nov. 5, 2007 at 6:00 AM
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Elvis poster worth $10,000 to collector

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A 42-year-old man who is trying to collect a poster from every concert Elvis Presley ever did has offered $10,000 for one from a 1967 concert in Norfolk, Va.

The Norfolk Virginian Pilot reported that, while Andrew Hawley's payment offer may seem outrageous to some, it is simply an indication of how dedicated he is to his collection.

"I'm trying to get a poster for every concert that he did," said Hawley. "But I really want to get the one from Norfolk, Newport News and Richmond. I've been chasing them for a long time. I'm sure that someone has one."

Other posters Hawley is willing to pay top price for include Bob Dylan's 1966 show at Norfolk Arena and rock 'n' roll icon Buddy Holly's 1958 Hampton Roads appearance.

"I figured if I put a big reward on it," Hawley said, "someone would go look in their attic and say, 'I got it!'"

Fla. show celebrates pigeons' finer points

STUART, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Florida's Sunshine State Pigeon Fanciers' show may have been just the thing for those who see pigeons as more than just the source of dirty windshields.

Two devout pigeon fans, Benny Lopez and Jasten Carris, drove 120 miles to participate in this weekend's event in Jensen Beach, Fla., The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post said.

"My grandfather raised them back in the Bronx, and he got my father started, so it's a hobby that's been passed down," Lopez said. "It's easy to mingle with other pigeon flyers, but it's not really as popular in Florida as in New York."

"They're not short on breeding," said Carris, who only began raising the birds eight months ago. "But it's actually a relaxing hobby at times. If you give it a chance, you're sure to like it."

The Post said Saturday's event included a contest in which the birds could be judged on their wings, their overall shape and even their color.

Clooney, Pitt irresistible even in wax

LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Hollywood heartthrobs George Clooney and Brad Pitt are apparently loved so much by their female fans even wax sculptures of them in London get grabs.

The Sun reported that wax sculptures of the "Ocean's Thirteen" stars were recently unveiled at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London, but within a day were damaged by grabby female fans.

Within the first 24 hours that the celebrity doubles were accessible at the museum, young female fans coated the Clooney replica's face with lipstick, likely from affectionate kisses.

Pitt's wax double was even worse for wear, as the figure's buttocks were damaged from a barrage of pinches from adoring fans.

A spokesman for the museum said the damage showed how popular the celebrities are among female clientele.

"To say they were popular with women is an understatement," the unidentified spokesman told the British newspaper. "Brad’s bum in particular was in a bad way."

Age is state of mind to Fla. barrel racer

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Florida resident Helen Foulke may be 72 years old, but that doesn't mean she has to act her age and stop taking part in the dangerous sport of barrel racing.

Also a grandmother, Foulke said that while barrel racing is typically a sport embraced by those less than half her age, she has no intention of ending her involvement in the rodeo sport any time soon, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel said.

"I just like doing it," she said. "I'm just going to keep doing it until I can't."

Foulke's loyalty to the sport comes even in the wake of a particularly harrowing incident in which her horse, Sassy, lived up to its name by uncharacteristically throwing Foulke.

She said that incident, which occurred as she tried to round Sassy around three barrels, was certainly a wake-up call.

"She's crazy. And I'm crazy for riding her. She takes you and throws you. She doesn't do that at home," Foulke told the Sun-Sentinel. "My back can't take that. I won't be able to walk tomorrow."

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