Originally created 11/18/02

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KENOSHA, Wis. -- A store's offer of limited edition Barbies for just $1 drew scores of shoppers who overwhelmed the supply of the dolls - and the store's staff.

As part of a grand opening celebration, The Save-A-Lot discount food store planned to sell the Millennium Wedding Barbie, which normally go for $49.99, to the first 100 shoppers Wednesday for $1.

"We had 46 people outside at 5 a.m.," said store manager Chad Houtsinger, and the crowd kept growing.

"There were people screaming and yelling at the employees," said Kim Quezada of Kenosha, who arrived with her friend Peggy Marshall, hoping to buy two of the dolls. They left instead with bags full of other merchandise and a promise that the store would call them when more dolls arrived.

Store spokesman Dan Kimack said people wouldn't be left entirely out in the cold. Store workers took the names and phone numbers of about 150 shoppers who had lined up early and planned to have dolls shipped in for them.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A scientist has memorialized some well-known humans for their conservation work by naming ants after them.

Edward O. Wilson, a Harvard University scientist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, named a shiny brown ant from Veracruz, Mexico, Pheidole mooreorum, after Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife Betty. The Moores are leading environmental philanthropists.

He named a Central American ant Peidole harrisonfordi - after Conservation International Vice Chairman and actor Harrison Ford.


HOUSTON -- A Houston store for space buffs is helping the Russian Space Agency seek potential space tourists with $20 million to spare.

That's about what California businessman Dennis Tito paid for a weeklong trip to the international space station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft last year. 'N Sync singer Lance Bass had to cancel his plan to do the same in October because his sponsors missed payment deadlines.

The financially strapped Russian space industry is continuing efforts to finance its participation in building the space station through attracting moneyed space tourists, and The Space Store in Houston is among companies and organizations helping out.

"We're just trying to get the word out," store owner Dayna Steele-Justiz said. "If you have the money, time, resources and can pass the training, you can go."

The store, across from the Johnson Space Center in south Houston, also is peddling a few less expensive items to holiday shoppers.

Among those is a full-scale replica of the space station's U.S.-built $1.4 billion Destiny laboratory, which was added to the outpost in February 2001. Price: $2.5 million.


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Unlike Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, a Martinsburg woman saw no reason to cover her nakedness as she read the Bible this week at Shepherd College.

Barbara Marie Harmison, 49, was charged with indecent exposure, disturbance of school and disorderly conduct, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Campus police on Tuesday told Harmison she couldn't preach unless she received permission from the school's student affairs department, court records said.

Later that day, police received a call that she "was reading from the Bible and she was totally nude" on the steps of a building on campus. Her clothes were in a pile beside her.

"There were people standing all over and there were classes going on," Patrolman R.A. Houchins said.

The woman did not say why she was reading the Bible while nude.


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