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  • Minor-league ballpark offering bacon-shell taco

    Michigan Whitecaps Baco, the bacon-shell taco (Photo courtesy West Michigan Whitecaps)

    It’s bacon fever—catch it!

    This is what happens when you put the choice of concessions into the hands of fans. The West Michigan Whitecaps, a minor-league baseball team that is an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, asked its supporters to vote for its top ballpark snack.

    The highest vote-getter of its fourth annual food contest: the Baco, a taco with a shell made wholly from bacon.

    The concept seems to one-up the popular Taco Bell hit, the Doritos Locos tacos, a meat-filled taco wrapped in a Doritos Nacho Cheese shell, which to date has been served 375 million times at its restaurants.

    The bacon-shell idea was among 150 fan-submitted selections, according to the team’s website, which narrowed the options down to 10 and opened up the choices to a vote. While the Baco led with 30 percent, other contenders included the Rascal Chow (popcorn, bacon and candy), and Teeny Weenies (little hot dogs in small helmets). The Baco also beat out the Bad Joke, a corn dog covered in cheese with two

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  • One of the photos taken from Allan Engstrom's stolen iPad (Engstrom/Facebook)Losing your iPad would be a source of anger and resentment for most people. But one Arkansas man describes his own stolen device as a “continuing fountain of entertainment,” thanks to the often bizarre pictures taken with the iPad that are posted to his iCloud photostream.

    "It's been a continuing fountain of entertainment for me,” Allen Engstram told KTHV. “It's just like I'll wake up one day and they'll be new pictures there and I'm like oh my gosh, she has no idea."

    Engstram says he lost the iPad on a flight from Phoenix to Denver. He assumed that was the end of the story until one day his son asked Engstram’s wife about a strange photo that appeared in the family’s photo stream.

    "He said mommy, who's this? And of course she said, I have no idea who that is. It showed up on my phone too," Engstram said. "After a while we figured out what was going on. That's the person that has my iPad."

    And while he doesn’t know if he’ll ever actually get the iPad back, Engstram is making sure to

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  • The Mansfield News Journal reports that Reba Williams was presented her diploma on Wednesday by Mount Vernon Superintendent Steve Short.

    Technically, the nation’s high school dropout rate just dropped a fraction. Though it’s unclear if that counts toward 1925 or 2013.

    Back in 1925, Williams finished all 12 grades at Mount Vernon but never received her diploma.

    And it wasn’t a bureaucratic error. Williams was denied her diploma after she refused to read a book assigned by one of her teachers. It turns out Williams had already read the book, didn’t like it and refused to dredge through its pages again.

    “I’d tell them what happened to me,” Williams told the paper. “If they expect to get anyplace in this world, they have to learn.”

    In fact, it was a recent profile of Williams by the Journal that helped her finally get her diploma. A former teacher read the profile of Williams and presented her situation to the board of education who unanimously decided to award Williams her diploma.

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  • Djokovic, Wawrinka set up epic showdown, ill Serena through

    By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic and champion Stan Wawrinka set up 'The Djoker v The Man 3.0' at Melbourne Park after impressive quarter-final victories on Wednesday, while an ill Serena Williams moved a step closer to her 19th grand slam title. The American, however, will first have to overcome the pure hitting of Madison Keys after the 19-year-old ended the fairytale run of Serena's older sister Venus, despite suffering from a thigh injury that hampered her movement. With many suggesting prior to the tournament it could signify an epochal shift in both games, the teenager represents the up and comers in the semi-finals after Djokovic and Wawrinka crushed the last hopes of 'Generation Next' in the men's draw. Djokovic, seeking to become the second man to win a fifth Australian Open title, beat Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2 in the late match on Rod Laver Arena, hours after Wawrinka had easily dispatched fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 7-6(6).

  • No mercy: Blizzard slams Boston area with 2 feet of snow
    No mercy: Blizzard slams Boston area with 2 feet of snow

    BOSTON (AP) — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow.

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