LIGHTER SIDE NEWSLast Update on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 3:05 AM EDT
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George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too. The gym floor at the school's Charles E. Smith Center is getting a makeover. The new design features landmarks of Washington with the school's logo at center court. The university's basketball and volleyball teams play at the Smith Center. The school says the new court is expected to be finished in time for the fall sports season.
It's a plum piece of island real estate -- Plum Island to be exact. Uncle Sam is selling the tiny island east of New York City. The government has used the island for a research station on dangerous animal diseases since the 1950s. One local real estate expert says development of the island could be worth tens of millions of dollars. But before the island goes to the highest bidder, the town of Southold wants to have a say. Officials are proposing to create a conservation zone covering much of the 843-acre island.
Giant Ferris Wheel
Atlanta will soon be getting a new big wheel. The City Council is giving its OK to a downtown, 20-story Ferris wheel. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the new attraction will be called Skyview Atlanta. It could be up and running as soon as next month. A company spokesman says the rides are expected to cost about 12 bucks and last around 15 minutes.
No Clean Getaway
It's anything but a clean getaway. Authorities in northern New Jersey report three would-be crooks tried stealing a washer and dryer from the basement of a vacant house. North Plainfield police responded to reports of a suspicious van. Officers say the driver took off, with the rear doors still open. There was a dryer in the driveway and police say two suspects were carrying the washer up from the basement. All three are now charged with burglary and attempted theft.
Pizza Delivery Record
DHL Express is getting a big slice of a new pizza delivery record. The company says it has been awarded the Guinness record for the largest pizza delivery in history. Last summer, DHL transported 30,000 pizzas to American G-I's serving in Afghanistan. It was part of an effort to give the troops a taste of home for July 4th. The non-profit Pizzas 4 Patriots organized the massive pizza party.
Folks in one Alaska city are trying to give a Guinness record the boot. Nearly 2,000 people showed up over the weekend to race a kilometer in their rain boots. Orgainzers say it beats the old boot mark set in Britain in 2009. It's the second try at the rain boot record. The Ketchikan Daily News reports last year's attempt fell sort. The rain boot race record still must be verified by the Guinness people.
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