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June 18, 2010 at 5:05 PM
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Interest growing for noisy soccer horns?

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 18 (UPI) -- South African companies making vuvuzela horns said the World Cup is expected to lead to international demand for the noisy instrument.

Neil van Schalkwyk, who first began mass-producing vuvuzelas in South Africa, said the popularity of the horns at soccer games, and especially the World Cup, is expected to bring international demand among fans of the sport, especially in Britain, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

Van Schalkwyk said his company is prepared to expand its British presence if vuvuzelas prove popular at the country's soccer games, and one retailer, Sainsbury's, said it is already having trouble keeping up with demand.

An even louder horn, a traditional kuduzela horn based on the horns of the kudu antelope, was banned from Word Cup stadiums by FIFA, the international governing board for soccer, because officials feared the larger and heavier instruments could be used as weapons by disgruntled fans.

However, multiple South African companies said they are working on making kuduzelas from a lighter plastic so they can join, and possibly replace, vuvuzelas at soccer games once the World Cup ends.

City name missing letter on water tower

STOUGHTON, Wis., June 18 (UPI) -- The painter in charge of labeling a new water tower in Wisconsin said his 6-foot-tall spelling error was being fixed Friday.

Mike Sandmire of Neumann Co. in Romeoville, Ill., said he was working backwards while painting "STOUGHTON" on one side of the tower Thursday and forgot the second "T" in the word, making the tower read "STOUGHON," The (Madison, Wis.) State Journal reported.

Sandmire said the error was the first of its kind in his 20 years on the job and was not difficult to fix.

The painter said Thursday the "ON" would be painted over and, once the paint dries, his team would replace it with "TON."

The "STOUGHTON" label on the other side of the 190-foot-tall tower, which workers began building in the fall, was painted correctly.

Man arrested after bus fight over pants

MADISON, Wis., June 18 (UPI) -- Police in the Wisconsin capital said they arrested a Metro bus passenger who allegedly got into a shouting match with the driver over his saggy pants.

Madison police said Larry Wilks, 20, boarded the bus June 11 on Tokay Boulevard and the 45-year-old driver, who was not named, asked him to pull up his pants because his underwear and buttocks were visible to other passengers, including several senior citizens, The (Madison) Capital Times reported Friday.

"Wilks and three other unidentified subjects began to verbally attack the 45-year-old bus driver," police spokesman Howard Payne said. "He said 'You can't tell me what to do, and you better drive this bus.'"

Payne said the driver called police when the verbal attacks did not cease and Wilks told the responding officer he "didn't have to do anything" before allegedly scuffling with the officer.

The officer called for backup when a group of people apparently angered by the arrest formed a circle around the officer and Wilks.

"After the scene was calmed, Wilks stated he was not afraid to go to jail, and that proved to be directly in line with the officer's decision," Payne said.

Wilks was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest.

TV auction includes 'Bozo' memorabilia

FRANKFORT, Ill., June 18 (UPI) -- An Illinois man is auctioning off TV memorabilia including props from "The Bozo Show" and a package of Charmin toilet paper signed by spokesman Mr. Whipple.

Stephen Hofer, 70, of Frankfort, is selling a collection that includes buckets from "The Bozo Show" and a puppet believed to be an original Garfield Goose from Chicago-area children's program "Garfield Goose and Friends," the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

Hofer, a retired Chicago State University communications professor whose father worked as a mechanical engineer for the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corp. in Indiana, said the items were previously on display at his Farnsworth museum, which he started in 1991 in Fort Wayne and closed last year.

The auction also includes board games based on "The Dukes of Hazzard," "MASH" and "Welcome Back, Kotter."

"We have items from 'The Green Hornet,' 'The Lone Ranger,' 'Zorro,' 'Have Gun -- Will Travel,' 'The A-Team' and 'Happy Days,'" Hofer said.

The auction will be carried out on video Saturday by littlejohnauctions.com.

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