WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) – Librarians aren’t usually considered sex objects. That might be changing here.

Six area library administrators have produced a sexy 2006 calendar they are selling to raise money. It’s called “Desperate Librarians.”

Five middle-aged library directors and a 32-year-old assistant each put up $200 and posed provocatively, using oversize books to cover what their clothes usually do.

The women appear to be naked in many of the photos, but all were at least partly clothed.



XENIA, Ohio (AP) – A man convicted of stealing a 250-pound beaver statue has been ordered to start doing exactly the opposite: Guard 25 similar beaver statues for the next few weeks.

Common Pleas Judge Stephen Wolaver also sentenced Michael Ledford, 18, to five years’ probation Monday and ordered him to pay part of the cost a city committee paid to put tracking devices on the beaver statues.

Ledford, who earlier this month pleaded no contest to a theft charge, will guard the statues on weekends until they are auctioned Oct. 15. He will be given a chair while on duty, but police will monitor him, officials said.

At least nine of the toothy fiberglass beaver statues have been vandalized, stolen at some point or moved since being installed in July on the streets of Beavercreek, a city of 40,000 just east of Dayton.

Proceeds from the auction, part of that community’s 25th anniversary celebration, will be used for improvements at a senior citizens center, a community theater and a teen center.

Ledford declined comment Monday.



WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A “dance off” here led to a rumble and now two people are in a lot of trouble.

One person required stitches and a mother and son were arrested after two drill teams began brawling during an impromptu dance competition, Wichita police said.

“This is a whole new arena” of crime, said Wichita police Lt. Jeff Easter.

The Dynamic Steppers, a Wichita drill team, were practicing routines Saturday night when members of another drill team, the White Tigers, showed up and challenged the others to a “dance-off,” police said.

When the challengers appeared to be losing, a woman struck a 17-year-old Dynamic Steppers drummer in the face with a drumstick, Easter said.

The teen, who had left the White Tigers to join the Dynamic Steppers, punched the 28-year-old woman in the face. He then ran toward his SUV and tried to run over spectators, witnesses told police.

The boy’s mother, who is a Dynamic Steppers coach, grabbed a box cutter and sliced the other woman’s right arm, Easter said. The wound required eight stitches.

An estimated 50 people became involved in the altercation.

The mother was booked on suspicion of aggravated battery for cutting the other woman, Easter said, and the son faced charges of simple assault and aggravated assault. More charges are possible, police said.



SEATTLE (AP) – Woodland Park Zoo officials hope that this time, the stork comes for the elephant.

An ultrasound taken Sunday morning revealed that Woodland Park Zoo’s 26-year-old Asian elephant, Chai, is ovulating, prompting scientists to try once again to inseminate her artificially.

Fresh bull elephant semen was rushed to Seattle from the Oregon Zoo in Portland and the Tulsa Zoo in Oklahoma on Sunday, and the tricky business was performed that evening. More semen was expected to be received Monday, and zoo officials scheduled a second attempt for Tuesday afternoon – if Chai is still ovulating.

Elephants have a 10-foot-long reproductive tract that makes artificial insemination difficult and they ovulate just three times a year. Scientists last tried to inseminate Chai in March.

Chai has one calf, Hansa, who was born five years ago after Chai mated with a bull at a zoo in Missouri. Hansa was the first elephant born at the 100-year-old Woodland Park Zoo, which has no male elephants.


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