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News of the Weird

Saturday June 15, 2002

Hardluck boat 


NORTH FOND DU LAC, Wis. — The organizers of a raffle ran into a little bad luck of their own. 

The top prize — a boat, motor and trailer worth $18,000 — was stolen sometime this week while parked at a convenience store, said Katie Hornung, a member of the Pride Days planning committee. 

Last month, the boat was hit by a pickup while on display at a truck stop. 

The raffle’s winner, however, won’t be out of luck. 

The festival has insurance, so organizers already bought a replacement prize for the raffle later this month, she said. 


Watch the birds  


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bird watching has never been so easy. 

Four cameras offer a bird’s-eye view of two peregrine falcon chicks that hatched last month in a box atop Eastman Kodak’s 19-story office tower. 

The young birds of prey, Freedom and Isis, were removed from their nest Wednesday and given identification bands. Parents Mariah and Kaver wheeled around overhead while the chicks were removed by conservation officials. 

Kodak’s Web site ( offers four camera views of the nest box.  

It recorded a million hits last year and features a lively electronic bulletin board. 

The peregrine falcon is the world’s fastest bird, reaching a diving speed of up to 200 mph and a horizontal speed up to 60 mph.