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Sept. 21, 2011 at 6:30 AM
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Man pulls shotgun over hot sauce

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Police in Missouri said they arrested a man accused of threatening a Taco Bell employee with a shotgun because he did not receive hot sauce with his meal.

Kansas City police said Jeremy Combs, 30, went through the Taco Bell drive-through Saturday and returned with his shotgun after discovering there were no packets of hot sauce in his bag, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported Tuesday.

Police said Combs told them the item he had been holding was a tire iron, but officers discovered a 12-gauge shotgun under his mattress.

Combs was charged with being a felon illegally in possession of a firearm.

Tigers replace statue's missing glasses

DETROIT, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Detroit Tigers said the glasses missing from the statue of longtime Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell at Comerica Park are due to be replaced this week.

The team said a replacement pair for the glasses taken from the face of the statue several months ago will be replaced in time for Thursday's home game against Baltimore, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

Omri Amrany of the Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany in Fort Sheridan, Ill., the artist who oversaw the creation of the Hall of Famer's statue, said even the new glasses will not be theft-proof.

"We're going to attach them as strongly as possible," Amrany said, "but if somebody has a crowbar and a little persuasion, you cannot keep the glasses on anybody. Anything that can break a car can break a statue."

Tigers spokesman Ron Colangelo said it remains unclear how the glasses were taken from the statue just inside the main entrance to Comerica Park.

"With 43,000 people a night coming through your turnstiles," he said, "things happen."

Harwell was a broadcaster for the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles before beginning a 42-year run with Detroit. He died in May 2010 at age 92.

PETA plans soft-core porn Web site

NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. animal rights organization is thinking of using online erotica to make more people aware of its cause.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, usually known by the acronym PETA, has applied for a Web site on the .xxx domain, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported. Lindsay Rajt, the group's director of campaigns, said its Web site would not feature hardcore pornography but would have "sexually suggestive" material.

"As soon as we heard that the.xxx domain was becoming available, we thought that would be triple extra effective in helping us bring our important issues of animal rights and eating a vegan diet to a greater number of people," Rajt said.

PETA, based in Norfolk, is against using animals for food, clothing, medical and scientific testing and entertainment.

Rajt said PETA has long used nudity for its shock value. It has run ads with unclothed actresses saying they would rather have no clothes at all than wear fur, and has even held nude protests in cities including Brattleboro, Vt.

Police arrest shoplifting drag queens

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested three men in a group of four accused of dressing like women and shoplifting from multiple fabric stores.

Amanda Marshall, manager of Jo-Ann Fabrics on East Colonial Drive in Orlando, said workers at her store recognized the three wig-clad men who came into the store Sunday afternoon as the same men connected with previous thefts at the store and called police, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Tuesday.

"It's a whole gang of drag queens," Marshall said. "They were real upset when the police made them take their wigs off."

One of the men fled and officers arrested Demitri Marsh, 19, Renford Patterson, 18, and Antonio Webb, 22, on felony charges of retail theft of merchandise worth more than $300.

"They'd come in and order yards of fabric at up to $39.99 a yard, stuff it in their man purses and leave without paying," Marshall said. "Oh, gosh, they could wipe out a whole section of boas in seconds."

The men are suspected of shoplifting at other area stores, including the Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore in Maitland.

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