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June 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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Man in port-a-potty tank eludes police

BOULDER, Colo., June 23 (UPI) -- Police in Colorado said a man spotted in the tank of a portable toilet at the Hanuman Yoga Festival escaped capture while "covered in feces."

Boulder police said a woman who entered the portable toilet Friday suspected there was someone hiding under a tarp in the tank, which had been heavily used, and informed a security officer, The Denver Post reported Wednesday.

The officer witnessed a man police said was shirtless, shoeless and "covered in feces" exit the portable toilet a short time later, but the suspect successfully fled on foot.

The man, described as white and about 20 years old, was identified by some witnesses as a transient who calls himself Sky.

Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said investigators do not know how the man, estimated to be between 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-8, managed to fit into the small tank.

The man is being sought on a charge of criminal attempt to make unlawful sexual contact.

Marine proposes at Buckingham Palace

LONDON, June 23 (UPI) -- A British Royal Marine went down on one knee in the Buckingham Palace ballroom and propos to his girlfriend -- right after he was decorated for bravery.

Mark Jackson told the BBC he announced his plan to Prince Charles, who presented him with the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

"I told him I was going to propose and he said 'Many congratulations in advance'," Jackson said.

Jackson, 28, of Newbury, Berkshire, emerged from the palace with the cross while Rebecca Daniel, 29, of Budleigh Salterton, Devon, wore a solitaire diamond ring.

"It was totally unexpected," she said. "It's a day that's not going to be trumped for a while."

Jackson was honored for throwing back a grenade while serving in Afghanistan last year. He also used his own body to shield a comrade from the explosion.

He described himself as a "baby Marine" when he went to Afghanistan.

"There are so many stories out there that are untold -- so many lads that deserve this," Jackson said.

Couple wed before bride's appendectomy

YPSILANTI, Mich., June 23 (UPI) -- A ruptured appendix changed, but didn't stop marriage plans for a Michigan couple who wed in a hospital just before the bride underwent surgery, the groom said.

Claris Hart, 36, and Christopher Berrey, 41, had spent a month getting ready for a small backyard wedding ceremony attended by about 30 family members Tuesday at their Ypsilanti home.

Hart started having severe abdominal pains Tuesday and Berrey drove her to the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor emergency room at around 3 a.m., the Web site, reported.

"She was very upset," Berrey said. "She said, 'I want to be married today, no matter what.'"

The couple had come to the hospital prepared to carry out a wedding.

Berrey said Hart had told him before they left for the hospital: "Let the dogs out, grab the license the rings, we're going to have the minister come marry us before surgery."

Hart wore a blue hospital gown and the emergency room staff made a veil of gauze and did the best they could with hair and makeup, reported.

The Rev. Sheryl Colter, a nurse who happened to be an ordained minister with Free Methodist Church, officiated along with a Michigan State Police chaplain. Doctors were witnesses, the manager of the emergency room was the videographer and another staff member downloaded Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" from her phone.

"It was pretty awesome and amazing that they pulled it all together to make this work for Claris," Berrey said. "It made her very happy."

N.C. man lands whopping catfish

RICHMOND, Va., June 23 (UPI) -- A North Carolina football coach used a secret bait to lure what could be a record-breaking blue catfish, a monster weighing 143 pounds and close to 5 feet long.

Nick Anderson of Greenville landed the fish Saturday evening on what is known as the John H. Kerr Reservoir in North Carolina and Buggs Island Lake in Virginia, The Charlotte Observer reported. He was just over the state line, so Virginia's Department of Game and Island Fisheries was trying to determine if the fish has broken the state record for blue catfish.

"Everybody is really excited," Lee Walker, a department spokesman, said. "Blue cats are considered one of the top game fish out there. There's a huge following. There's a tournament circle. This will bring national headlines."

The previous world record for a blue catfish is 130 pounds, a fish caught last year on the Missouri River. Walker said it is unusual to break a record by several pounds.

The fish was in many ways the result of a family effort. Anderson used a "family secret" bait, and his father and brother grabbed the head and tail while he took the mid-section.

The fish, now sitting in a freezer, was 57 inches long and had a 43-inch girth.

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