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Man found drunk in port-a-potty arrested

CINCINNATI, April 29 (UPI) -- Cincinnati police said they arrested a man who was found passed out in a port-a-potty after he was repeatedly warned for public drunkenness.

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Police said Gil Duff, 45, was arrested early Monday morning after he was found sleeping in the same portable lavatory in Bechtold Park that an officer discovered him sleeping in -- with a beer by his side -- six days earlier, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The arrest report from Monday said Duff was "found passed out and extremely intoxicated." It said he had been warned "countless times" to stop visiting the park while drunk, the Enquirer said.

Duff was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated.


Woman becomes U.S. corn-eating champ

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 29 (UPI) -- A Virginia woman has become the first female winner of the National Sweet Corn-Eating Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, a first-time competitive corn eater who manages a Burger King, took home the $1,500 prize and an angel-topped 3-foot gold trophy after downing 32 1/2 ears of corn in 12 minutes, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported.

Thomas, who weighs 100 pounds, bested nine men in the competition, including last year's champion and record holder "Crazy Legs" Conti, who finished third with 30 ears, falling short of his record-setting 34 3/4 ears at last year's event.

In second place, with 31 ears, was Jammin' Joe LaRue, who won the competition two years ago.

Thomas said she ate only four or five ears of corn to practice for the competition.


Woman, 83, graduates from university

KALAMAZOO, Mich., April 29 (UPI) -- An 83-year-old woman who set out after retirement to earn a college degree has graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Ruth Stoeffler said she began her college career in 1995, shortly after the death of her husband, and took a wide variety of classes during the ensuing 13 years until she earned a bachelor's degree in social science studies, the Detroit Free Press reported.

"I was by myself and had to do something," she said. "I wanted something interesting and challenging and fun ... I thought, 'I'm going to get myself a diploma from a university.'"

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Stoeffler, who walked down the aisle with classmates at the university's graduation ceremony during the weekend, told the Free Press she doesn't intend to use her degree to start a new career but she said she would like to parlay her knowledge and experience into volunteer work.


Gator attacks golf ball diver

TAMPA, Fla., April 29 (UPI) -- Employees of a Tampa, Fla., country club said a golf ball diver was attacked by an alligator while retrieving balls from a lake near the club's 13th hole.

Matt Johnson, a golf cart attendant at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, said diver Dwight Monreal, 62, had donned his scuba gear and waded into the water Saturday when the alligator popped out of the water and latched on to Monreal's arm, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported.

"We rushed toward the water and the gator let go of him," Johnson said. "I like to think we scared him."

Johnson told the newspaper he and a club member took Monreal to the clubhouse where he was met by police and an ambulance, which took him to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment.

Police said Monreal suffered a dislocated left shoulder and puncture wounds to his left arm in the attack. He was discharged from the hospital Saturday night.

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Officials at the country club said the 13th hole will be closed until the alligator is captured and killed, the Times reported.

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