July 21, 2006

LinkNews Digest [07/21/2006]

PaintBallers Sentanced to Shoot Own Cars

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - A judge ordered two paintball shooters to take aim at their own cars in order to stay out of jail.

Joshua Breeding, 20, and 19-year-old Christopher Lyons were found guilty on Thursday of splattering up another man's vehicle with paintballs in May. They each got a sentence of 60 days in jail.

Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti gave them the option of shooting their own cars with paintballs and then cleaning up the mess. They also have to spend 40 hours painting at a Habitat for Humanity home, apologize to their victim and pay court costs. (LINK )

Airline "Hunt for Hoffa" Stunt Cancelled

DETROIT - An online game that poked fun at the FBI's hunt for Jimmy Hoffa's remains was shut down after a Florida-based discount airline received dozens of complaints from customers who felt the flight promotion was distasteful.

Spirit Airlines launched "The Hunt for Hoffa" on Tuesday, based on the unsuccessful search for the remains of the missing Teamsters president at a Milford Township farm. But hours after the game debuted, it was stopped and the promotion was changed to "Happy Sale."

The Miramar, Fla.-based airline promoted the game on its Web site with the teaser, "Help us find Hoffa with our Hunt for Hoffa game and enjoy fares from just $39 each way."

The point of the game was to dig for Hoffa's body by clicking grids, mirroring the massive effort at the Detroit-area horse farm in May. Hoffa disappeared 31 years ago. Winners were taken to another site that read "You found Hoffa!" and thanked them for helping the National Spirit Sale Center find the missing union leader. (LINK )

Dumped Pr0n Sparks Scramble

Belgians are rushing to the countryside to scoop up thousands of pr0n videos and erotic books dumped after a failed sex fair.

Pr0n-lovers young and old have been spotted in the fields outside the small town of Geraardsbergen, near Brussels, stuffing bags with the free X-rated material after open air erotic festival 'Imagination 69' failed to attract the expected number of visitors.

Resident Matthias Roggeman, 17, said: "The organisers left behind thousands of DVDs and books and the news has spread like wildfire. Loads of people have rushed here to stock up on their pr0n collections and I've even heard some people are selling the stuff on in pubs."

Locals have now dubbed the field Pr0notopia. (LINK )

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