NEWSER) They bill themselves as "the nation's first and only armed volunteer crime fighting force that specializes in law enforcement and preservation of order." And this week, members of Bolt Force are turning their attention toward solving an Arizona mystery that's been frightening residents and puzzling police: a spate of shootings along a stretch of Interstate 10 in Phoenix, reports theArizona Republic. "If they're trying to kill somebody, they're a horrible shot," Bolt himself (real name: Tony Rowley) tells the paper. "If they're trying to scare people, they're doing a good job." A good enough job, anyway, to have spurred the homespun vigilante group -- whose unpaid members include ex-law enforcement, security, and military workers who dress in all-black body armor and sport semi-automatic and "non-lethal weapons" -- to patrol Phoenix neighborhoods near the I-10 freeway.
Kansas State will pay a $5,000 fine after its marching band's halftime show on Saturday was "misinterpreted" as showing the mascot of the rival Kansas Jayhawks performing oral sex. The band said its formation was meant to depict the USS Enterprise from Star Trek attacking the Jayhawk's beak. But there was much amusement on social media as photos looked more like the bird facing what the AP called "a large phallus." "Maybe they're so nerdy they didn't realize how it looked," a local sports reporter told TV station KCTV.