Short life for Swedish Christmas goat

STOCKHOLM — Sweden's Christmas Goat — a giant decorative goat made of straw and wood — didn't last long on its 50th anniversary.

The straw goat, an annual Yuletide tradition in the city of Gavle since 1966, went up in flames just hours after it was inaugurated on Sunday.

Arsonists just cannot stay away from the giant decoration, which seldom survives the season without someone trying to burn it down.

The local newspaper Gefle Dagblad said it was set on fire late Sunday.

A webcam run by the local tourist office showed the frame of the goat was still standing but all the straw was gone.

There was no immediate word on possible suspects.

Police: Woman tried to use pizza as ID to enter bar

AMHERST, Mass. — Police in Massachusetts say a woman tried to use a slice of pizza as a form of identification to get into a college town bar and slapped the bouncer when he refused her entry.

Monkey Bar co-owner Rasif Rafiq tells The Boston Globe the apparent college student had attempted to hand the bar's bouncer a slice of pizza she had purchased at a nearby shop as proof of her legal age last week. She allegedly became aggressive, and a nearby police officer got involved.

Police say the woman was issued a trespass notice to stay away from the club.

Rafiq says his phone has been "blowing up" since the early morning incident at the Amherst bar was reported by the Daily Hampshire Gazette and picked up by other news outlets.


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