Wisconsinites miss million-mile Harley
EAU CLAIRE, Wis., May 26 (UPI) -- Harley-Davidson has upset some Wisconsinites by moving to South Dakota a motorcycle that carried a former state lawmaker for more than 1 million miles.
Former state Sen. Dave Zien, R-Eau Claire, traded his 1991 FXRT to the company last week in exchange for a new bike after his became the first Harley known to have been ridden for 1 million miles, the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday.
The company turned the motorcycle over to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in South Dakota to become part of its exhibit on Zien, who fought against helmet laws during his time in the state legislature.
However, some Wisconsin motorcyclists said they were upset to see the motorcycle leave the state.
"To have it tucked away in the Black Hills of South Dakota is, I think, an insult to the state," said Dan Stephans, a motorcyclist and friend of Zien. "My attitude is this motorcycle, this million-mile motorcycle, is a significant part of Wisconsin history and culture."
The motorcycle will be back in Wisconsin after the Sturgis motorcycle rally in August when it goes on loan to the new Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.
Zien said the final fate of the bike is up to Harley-Davidson.
"They can do what they want with it," he said. "I'd prefer it be in Wisconsin. Almost everybody who finds out it's going to Sturgis says, 'Why Sturgis? Why not here?'"
British couple celebrate 81st anniversary
PLYMOUTH, England, May 26 (UPI) -- A couple celebrating their 81st wedding anniversary Tuesday are poised to break the record for Britain's longest married couple.
Frank Milford, 101, and his wife Anita, 100, were married May 26, 1928, and continue to live together at a Plymouth, England, nursing home, the BBC reported Tuesday.
The couple, who will become Britain's longest married couple in February, said there was no "magic secret" to their long marriage. They said there are still small fights, but always make up with a kiss and a cuddle before bed.
The Milfords have two children, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Frank Milford Jr., 74, said marital happiness was the key to his parents' longevity.
"They've enjoyed themselves, enjoyed their lives very much but they've been always very content with their lot," he said.
Airport probes parking lot substance
RALEIGH, N.C., May 26 (UPI) -- North Carolina's Raleigh-Durham International Airport said it has hired a consultant to stop a corrosive substance from striking cars in the parking garage.
Airport officials said an engineering consultant has been hired to discover the source of the substance, which has sporadically been discovered on cars during wet weather since the parking deck was completed in 2003, the Raleigh News & Observer reported Tuesday.
The airport said it has paid out more than $24,000 to repair vehicles damaged by the substance between December 2003 and May 7 of this year.
"It doesn't happen very often, and it's not readily predictable," deputy airport director Steven Pittman said. "Three or four days a year we have this problem, at most. And it doesn't last very long."
Pittman said the consultant's report hopefully will explain what the substance is and where it comes from, "and what, if anything, is available for a remedy."
Robber used beer box as a mask
LINCOLN , Neb., May 26 (UPI) -- Police said a man who robbed a convenience store in Lincoln, Neb., concealed his identity by covering his head with an empty Bud Light box.
Lincoln police Capt. Bob Kawamoto said the man entered the Kwik Shop store at about 4:30 a.m. Monday with the box on his head and a green rag wrapped around his hand to imply that he was holding a weapon, the Lincoln Journal-Star reported Tuesday.
Kawamoto said the robber left the store with nine packs of Newport cigarettes, worth nearly $50.
Men don heels to protest violence
CAMP HILL, Pa., May 26 (UPI) -- About 40 men walked a mile in women's shoes in Pennsylvania to protest rape, sexual assault and violence against women.
The "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event, organized by the Stop the Violence Project of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, took place Monday in Camp Hill, Pa., as part of the Memorial Day parade, the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News reported Tuesday.
Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, who led the walk, said the men raised about $5,000 for Rape Crisis of Cumberland County and Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties.
"We average one reported domestic violence a day in Cumberland County," Freed said. "Over the past 20 years, half our homicides have been from domestic violence. The problem is not decreasing even thought there is more awareness about it."
Freed said domestic violence cases require tougher court-ordered punishments.
"A first domestic violence offense generally gets probation," he said. "We have maneuvered batterers into a 26-week counseling program that has changed some behavior. But it's rare to see significant jail time for domestic violence cases. A short jail sentence might scare some of the offenders straight."