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July 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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Cheerleader tackles 6-foot theft suspect

OKLAHOMA CITY, July 30 (UPI) -- A 16-year-old, 110-pound varsity cheerleader in Oklahoma says her tackle and takedown of a 6-foot-tall suspected thief at a local mall was "an instinct thing."

Kealey Oliver, a 5-foot-2 cheerleader for Moore High School in Oklahoma City, said she was at the city's Penn Square Mall near the Macy's on the second floor Sunday when she saw a man running toward her with a bag in his hand and security officers running after him shouting "thief," The Oklahoman reported Friday.

"I got in his way and grabbed him," Oliver said. "I turned him over and put him on his stomach. It was more of an instinct thing."

The man was led away by security officers. Police confirmed the incident but did not offer further details or the suspect's name.

Oliver, who will be a junior in the fall, credited cheerleading with giving her the strength to stop the man.

Cheerleading "makes you strong," she said.

What's nickname for Washington, D.C.?

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- New York's the "Big Apple" but what's the nickname for Washington, D.C.?

That's the quandary some folks ponder, wondering why there's nothing better or cleverer than "the nation's capital" for their metropolitan center.

A new nickname for Washington could be "DMV," for District, Maryland, and Virginia, The Washington Post said Friday.

A Post column noted New York's moniker and mentioned Chicago as the "Windy City" but lamented the somewhat blase term "nation's capital."

DMV has turned up in some publications, has frequently been heard on local radio stations and perhaps is now gaining respectability with mainstream officialdom, the newspaper reported.

Not everyone is hip to the DMV autograph.

"I prefer 'the Washington Metropolitan Area, but I realize that doesn't quite ring well as a lyric, e-mail or text message," Sandy Bellamy, executive director of the Historical Society of Washington, told the Post.

Police, organizers discuss pot convention

PONTIAC, Mich., July 30 (UPI) -- Police in Michigan said they have scheduled a meeting with organizers of a planned cannabis convention to discuss concerns about illegal activity at the event.

Pontiac Police Chief Val Gross said he and other officials are scheduled to meet with organizers of the International Cannabis Convention, scheduled for Oct. 29-31 at the Pontiac Silverdome, to discuss concerns including possible illegal use of marijuana and sales of cannabis paraphernalia, The Detroit News reported Friday.

"There are a lot of things to go over, but I'm trying to remain optimistic we can work everything out," Gross said.

Edmund Kresty of the Holistic Health and Educational Center in Saline, Mich., an organizer of the event, said all city and state laws regarding marijuana will be followed during the convention and there will be "no sales or trading" or marijuana at the convention. Advertising for the event said "vaporization tents and edibles" would be made available for convention-goers with medical marijuana licenses.

Kresty said the convention, which is expected to draw 25,000 to 50,000 people, will serve as a trade show to discuss the laws and use methods associated with medical marijuana.

"We expect it will generate a lot of revenues for area restaurants, hotels and other businesses," he said.

Suit claims rough citizen's arrest

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- A Florida man serving a prison sentence for stealing a bicycle from a car is suing three men he accuses of perpetrating a rough citizen's arrest.

Michael Dupree, who is serving a 12-year sentence for cocaine possession and burglary convictions, claims the three men who caught him trying to sell the stolen bike a short time after the Oct. 11, 2007, burglary in St. Petersburg, Fla., assaulted him before police arrived, the St. Petersburg Times reported Friday.

Dupree's lawsuit is seeking $500,000 plus punitive damages.

Anthony McKoy, one of the men named in the lawsuit, dismissed it as "laughable."

"It's a waste of taxpayer money," said McKoy, who owned the car the bicycle was stolen from.

McKoy told the newspaper he expects the suit to be dismissed.

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