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  • Car splits in half in accident, driver disappears

    A car split in half after hitting a power pole on Sunday morning in Des Moines, Iowa, and police say there is no sign of the driver and few clues as to who even owns the car, KCCI reports.

    Police received an anonymous tip about the accident at around 3:45 a.m. Sunday. They arrived on the scene and found the car severed in two, with the back end of the red Pontiac Grand Am completely destroyed. The front end, however, was surprisingly well intact.

    "The front doors, I was told, actually could be opened and closed without a problem. Given that information, it's not totally unlikely someone could have walked away from that accident," police spokesman Sgt. Jason Halifax told KCCI.

    WHOTV.com reported that police searched the area for signs of the driver, but found none, and that the investigation is ongoing. "They searched the area for well over an hour, had a dog come in, the dog wasn’t able to find anything," Halifax said.

    Police also checked local hospitals for anyone who might have

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  • Seaweed could provide a natural defense against future hurricane damage (WikiCommons)Texas officials are hoping that the harvesting of seaweed might actually help protect the city of Galveston from hurricanes.

    In 1900, Galveston was a booming metropolis and arguably one of the more important cities in the United States. But a massive hurricane submerged the city, killing about 6,000 people on its way to becoming the greatest natural disaster in American history.

    And now, the Galveston Park board of trustees has agreed to invest about $140,000 on a project that will use harvested seaweed to strengthen sand dunes so that they can better withstand the impact of future storms.

    "It's part of our ecosystem, so any kind of beneficial use we can find for that material would be highly advantageous, both from an environmental and management standpoint, to make sure our beaches are clean and enjoyable for all of our beachgoers," board executive director Kelly de Schaun told the Houston Chronicle.

    Over the years, the natural sand dunes along Galveston’s shoreline have eroded,

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  • Dale Irby is retiring after 40 years. And so is his yearbook outfit.

    For his entire career at Prestonwood Elementary in the Richardson school district in Texas, the physical education teacher wore the same disco-era shirt and dirt-colored sweater each year for his yearbook picture.

    At first, Irby told the Dallas Morning News, it was an accident when he wore the same outfit in the yearbook two years in a row.

    “I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year,” he said.

    Then his wife, Cathy, dared him to make it three.

    “After five pictures, it was like: ‘Why stop?’”

    The gym teacher, now 63, had a pretty loose dress code much of the time that allowed him to wear shorts to school. But on picture day, it was dress-up day. And that day became a "Groundhog Day" of outfits: polyester, pointy-collared shirt and brown sweater.

    The Dallas Morning News video shows the photos of the teacher's near-identical

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