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Oct. 10, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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Pregnant cow named Lucky rescued from well

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Colo., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Firefighters rescued a pregnant cow named Lucky in Boulder County, Colo., who fell into a well.

Lucky was grazing in a field Friday afternoon when she walked onto a wooden platform covering a well, The Denver Post reported.

The 1,200- to 1,500-pound cow was too heavy for the structure and fell through, said Laura McConnell, spokeswoman for Mountain View Fire Rescue.

Firefighters, animal control officers and neighbors showed up on the scene at 3:30 p.m.

One neighbor climbed down into the well to calm the cow, said Mountain View Lt. Tim Losh. The neighbor also called someone who owned a crane.

Firefighters attached a fire hose to the crane to lift the animal out of the well.

Lucky was very calm as she was hoisted out of the well.

"It was a pretty docile cow. Basically she let us do what we wanted to do," Losh told the Post. "I didn't notice any injuries."

A veterinarian examined Lucky afterward, McConnell said, adding the cow is doing fine.

Man buys pizza, beer after robbing bank

YUMA, Ariz., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A man bought pizza and beer in Yuma, Ariz., immediately after allegedly robbing a bank on the same street, police say.

The man, identified as Henry Elmer, formerly of Oklahoma, allegedly walked into a Yuma Wells Fargo Bank Saturday afternoon, pulled out a box-cutter knife and demanded money, the Yuma (Ariz.) Sun reported.

After allegedly receiving an undisclosed amount of cash from a teller, Elmer promptly exited the bank, police said.

Elmer then took refuge down the street at the Village Inn Pizza Parlor.

Elmer "went to the restroom and then he came up here and ordered beer," said Sam Klamp, a cook at the restaurant.

The man reportedly became impatient and asked how long it took to get a beer, said cashier Marisol Mendivil, who pointed out to Elmer that his beer was waiting on the counter.

"He got his beer and then went back up to order some pizza," Mendivil said.

"As he sat down a cop walked in and saw the guy. Then the cop asked me if the guy had been here that long, and I told him 10 minutes tops. That's when the rest of the cops came in," said Klamp.

As Elmer awaited his pizza, about five officers surrounded him at his table.

"He actually stood up and tried to resist and they pulled their guns on him. He was trying to break free when they were holding him," Klamp said.

Police arrested Elmer and alerted employees that Elmer may have paid for his beer and pizza with stolen money.

"I told them he had bought stuff and had paid with a $20 (bill), so we gave them the $20 back," Klamp said.

After being arrested, Elmer was identified by bank employees and security video footage, police said.

Elmer was booked into the Yuma County Detention Center on a range of robbery and theft related charges.

Gloucester, Mass., to rebuild Greasy Pole

GLOUCESTER, Mass., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Gloucester, Mass., city officials say they plan to reconstruct the Greasy Pole, a city trademark that was washed away by high tides.

The pole, first erected in 1931 as part of Gloucester's annual St. Peter's Fiesta, and its 12-foot wooden dock were swept away Sept. 29 during high tides in the city's harbor, The Boston Globe reported Saturday.

"The actual Greasy Pole structure has become an icon in the city," said Joe Novello, 61, the president of the St. Peter's Fiesta Committee. "We're going to keep this thing as part of Gloucester's tradition and history."

The city approved plans last week to reinstall the structure, a project that Novello estimates costing $85,000.

However, Novello said there has been overwhelming support from locals who say walking of the 40-foot pole covered in grease to reach a red flag at the end is a cultural custom.

Local lobstermen have offered to raffle off their largest catches to support the cause and musicians have suggested a battle of the bands to raise funds for the Greasy Pole.

"A lot of people are realizing the importance not just of the Greasy Pole but the fiesta," Novello said. "It brings a lot of fun to everybody involved and all the spectators too."

The St. Peter's Fiesta began in 1927 when Italian Americans in the fishing community installed a statue of St. Peter, the patron saint of fishing, in Gloucester's town square.

"We're hoping the platform is rebuilt by Thanksgiving," Novello told the Globe. "Hopefully the new walking pole will be built by spring or fiesta."

High winds add to excitement at Flugtag

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- More than 125,000 people watched as 38 teams pushed crafts off a 30-foot bridge into the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Fla., at this year's Red Bull Flugtag.

High winds of up to 32 mph made the Saturday event all the more interesting, The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported.

"When we got up on the ramp, a gust of wind came over the top of the Convention Center and snapped our right wing," said Keith Humphrey, 41, the pilot of Willy Wonka's Amazing Flying Adventure team from St. Petersburg.

After repairing the wing with a broom and some duct tape, Humphrey went on to fly his team's craft 50 feet, winning the competition.

Other teams didn't fair so well in the wind, the Times said.

The 2nd Basemen team of Tampa built a giant pink bra as their craft, which went crashing straight down after launching.

"It happened really fast," said Chris Coleman, 50. "We'd still do it again."

A panel of five judges, including former Bucs player Ryan Nece and Rays player Evan Longoria, judged Flugtag teams on distance traveled, creativity, and a 30-second skit each team performed prior to takeoff.

Spectators watched the event from boats on the river.

"It's one of those kinds of events that sets us apart," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who attended the event Saturday with his two daughters. "We want to be a hip city, and events like these are what will do that."

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