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May 16, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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Fire alarm pulled over closed captioning

ABINGDON, Md., May 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Maryland said a man allegedly pulled a fire alarm because he was angry at the closed captioning at a showing of "The Avengers."

Fire marshals and Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies said they were called to Regal Cinemas in Abingdon Monday night after the fire alarm was pulled at 6:45 p.m., The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

"(Subject) became disruptive and argued with the theater manager after discovering 'The Avengers' movie he was watching was a 'closed caption' film," the State Fire Marshal's Office said in a report. "Management offered a refund or future tickets, which he refused and returned to the theater."

"Once the movie ended, (Subject) became belligerent and argumentative with management once again and at that point (Subject) intentionally pulled the fire alarm in the lobby and left the premises," the report said.

The fire marshal's office said the 34-year-old man, whose name was not released, will be served with a criminal summons requiring a court appearance.

Man arrested for throwing Bible at roomie

PORT RICHEY, Fla., May 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they arrested a man accused of throwing a Bible at the back of his roommate's head.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Steven Robert Moniz, 45, was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Saturday in Port Richey after his roommate, Kimberly Covas Shisgal, flagged down a passing deputy and said she had been struck in the back of the head with an unidentified object while taking out the garbage, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

Moniz told deputies he threw a Bible at Shisgal because she was shouting at him and had a knife in her hand. Deputies said they found a Bible with a bent cover on the kitchen table but found no evidence of a knife.

Moniz was charged with simple battery and taken to the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $150 bail.

Oxford invites famous pimp to debate

OXFORD, England, May 16 (UPI) -- Britain's Oxford University has invited a famous Nevada brothel owner to participate in a debate about the legalization of prostitution.

Dennis Hof, 65, founder of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, said he and one of his prostitutes, Cami Parker, will travel to the school to argue for the legalization of prostitution alongside Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal, and adult entertainer Johnny Anglais, The Sun reported Tuesday.

Arguing against the legalization of prostitution will be Julie Bindel, author and co-founder of Justice for Women, feminist activist Julia Long and activist Ellie Levenson.

Hof said he was honored by the school's invitation.

"I'm going to shock some people, I'm sure," Hof said. "I was very excited and honored when I got the formal invitation from Oxford. I couldn't turn down the opportunity to speak where so many famous people have been before me. I'm going to show them how my ranch is the model of prostitution -- I think they are going to like it."

"My life has been a party for 20 years. When you legalize it you take out all of the criminal elements and get safer sex," he said. "These girls are educated, young businesswomen. Cami's going to show that, she'll be there to ask any questions people want answering."

Ming vase turned into lamp sells for $881K

DORCHESTER, England, May 16 (UPI) -- A Ming dynasty vase that experts said would have been worth $6.4 million intact sold for $881,320 in Britain because its former owner converted it into a lamp.

Duke's auction house in Dorchester, England, said an elderly man brought the lamp in for auction and had no idea that it was a 15th century vase from the reign of Emperor Xuande, the British financial Web site This is Money reported Tuesday.

"It is tempting to speculate how many millions the vase would have fetched if it had not been damaged when it was converted to a table lamp," said Guy Schwinge of Duke's auction house.

"Chinese porcelain from the reign of Xuande bearing the imperial marks of the Emperor are extremely rare and highly prized by a new breed of collectors from mainland China," he said.

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