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Meaner than a Junkyard... What?
Police in Columbus, Ohio say they have broken up a prostitution ring that operated out of a junkyard. According to Sgt. Richard Curry, Russell Coleman, 42, and his girlfriend Brenda Brush, 51, took calls for girls at the junkyard Coleman owns. After the yard closed, the calls came into Coleman's home. "This is the first time we've found anything like this inside a junkyard," Curry said.." Most places will say it's a massage parlor or adult entertainment."
At least five prostitutes, some of whom waited at the junkyard until a customer called for them, were involved. They charged $150 per hour, $50 of which went to Coleman.
Police began investigating Coleman in January. They stepped up the investigation in June, when neighbors called to complain about the noise and traffic issuing from the junkyard.
(Yahoo! News, October 16, 2003)
35 For Phil
"Everyone likes to know whether guests are going to turn up to a party. But Londoner Phil Woodford is more anxious than most. That's because the 34-year-old advertising creative director has invited 35 celebrities to join him on his 35th birthday.
"The stars - who range from Tiger Woods and Chelsea Clinton to Harry Potter author, J K Rowling - are expected to visit Phil and his friends for 35 minutes in a pub. But with around two and a half weeks to go, the birthday boy has yet to receive confirmation of any A-list attendees. He remains undaunted and keeps the public up-to-date on progress at a specially-designed website,
"'These celebrities are all busy people and I'm sure their PR people have a whole load of correspondence to wade through,' said Phil. 'My invitations may have been mislaid or are simply waiting to be actioned. I'm very hopeful that I'll start receiving responses in the next week or so.'
"The bizarre birthday bash has attracted interest around the world, with Phil appearing on radio stations in places as far afield as Waterford, Ireland and Perth, Western Australia.
"A cash bar will operate on the night at an undisclosed public house, although the party organiser has generously agreed to buy each star their first drink. Two celebrity tickets have not yet been allocated and Phil is encouraging members of the public to nominate possible guests online.
"They will be contacted just a few days before the event with a belated invitation."
(Press Release, October 14, 2003. For more information, please visit

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