MONDAY, September 19, 2011

Baltimore's Edgar Allen Poe Museum may close due to budget cuts.  A merger has been proposed between the Edgar Allen Poe House and the Winnie the Pooh Plaza financed by a new Hawaiian Restaurant to be called "Poe Pooh Paradise."

The unconventional LA Laker forward Ron Artest has had his name officially changed by the court to "Metta World Peace."  He told the judge he's following the example of his twin sisters "Loretta and Henrietta End World Hunger."

"Drive," with Ryan Gosling and Cary Mulligan, is doing well despite the critics who decry the gratuitous violence that includes graphic scenes of humans being tortured, innocent bystanders being cut down by automatic weapons fire and Albert Brooks trying to climb out of his Mini-Cooper.

Police in Miami Beach arrested a driver who, according to witnesses, exposed himself using his car's sunroof.  He told the arresting officers he was just following the instructions in the Owners' Manual under "Operating the Moon Roof."

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