MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) – Police say a pizza deliveryman fought back with the one weapon he had handy when a gun was pulled on him in a stickup: a large, hot pepperoni pizza.

Delivery man Eric Lopez Devictoria, 40, flung the steaming pie at the gunman, buying time as he ran for safety, police said.

At least one shot was fired as Devictoria fled, but the deliveryman wasn’t hurt and was able to quickly call police, according to authorities.

Three teenage suspects were nabbed soon after Wednesday’s run-in with the cheesy weapon, police said, adding they were charged with armed robbery.

Mark Twain speaks from beyond grave

NEW YORK (AP) – It only took 100 years or so, but the world is finally getting a piece of Mark Twain’s mind on the subject of free expression and whether it’s safer for your words to be expressed after you’re dead.

“We have charity for what the dead say. We may disapprove of what they say, but we do not insult them, we do not revile them, as knowing they cannot now defend themselves.

“If they should speak, what revelations there would be!” Twain observed in “The Privilege of the Grave,” an essay written in 1905, and long unpublished, that will appear in the issue of The New Yorker that comes out Monday.

“Now there is hardly one of us but would dearly like to reveal these secrets of ours; we know we cannot do it in life, then why not do it from the grave, and have the satisfaction of it?”

The essay is part of the Mark Twain archive at the University of California-Berkeley.

Celeb lunchboxes to aid hunger relief

NEW YORK (AP) – Mario Batali is doing it. So are Gwyneth Paltrow and Salman Rushdie.

These and other celebrities from the culinary, entertainment and literary worlds are donating one-of-a-kind lunchboxes they designed to help raise money for the hungry.

The boxes are being sold online at www.thelunchboxauction.org until midnight Thursday. Bidding starts at $100.

Cameron Diaz, for example, offers a green concoction. One side depicts remnants of an environmental friendly lunch of whole foods and a metal fork on one side.

The other side shows a wasteful lunch: paper, plastic fork and cup, and a juice box.

Each of the boxes is signed by the artist.

They will benefit Food Bank for New York City and The Lunchbox Fund, which provides lunch to impoverished schoolchildren in South Africa.


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