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This one's for you Brother Luis!Cops: Suspect Nabbed in Portable ToiletPolice looking for a purse snatcher were able to flush the suspect out from the portable toilet where he was hiding."A Port-A-Potty is not a good place to hide," police Chief James Kudlak said Wednesday. "There's only one way out."Johnny Snodgrass, 21, apparently matched the description of a man caught on videotape at a store where an 89-year-old woman's purse was stolen in March and from a nearby video poker establishment where her wallet was found, police said.The thief got away with about $45.Acting on a tip, police went to a construction site where Snodgrass was working on Monday to question him, but he ran into the portable restroom. Officers yelled for him to come out and he soon complied, police said.Snodgrass was being in jail on $5,000 bond on Wednesday. He's scheduled to appear before a magistrate on April 25.Kudlak said Snodgrass claims he is innocent.Court officials said Snodgrass did not yet have an attorney.Doc Bryant

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Thank you very much, Doc. It is hilarious.Makes one wonder about the intricacies of the criminal mind. Did he think he could hide under the toilet seat?And now, to pay you back, here is.... (no, not a monkey joke!)... a true story from the internet!Internet invades portable pottiesBy DAN RICHMANSEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTERThis is not a joke: Microsoft Corp. is bringing Internet access to the portable toilet.The iLoo, developed by Microsoft's MSN division, will be a standard portable toilet (or "loo," as the Brits so quaintly call it) equipped with a wireless keyboard and an extensible, height-adjustable plasma screen located directly in front of the seated user.MSN plans to install an external "Hotmail station" on the outside of the MSN iLoo so people can do something useful while they queue. This will include a waterproof keyboard and plasma screen enabling users to surf the Internet while waiting.MSN says it's in talks with toilet-paper makers to produce special paper imprinted with URLs that users may not have tried.MSN marketing manager Tracy Blacher said: "The Internet's so much a part of everyday life now that surfing on the loo was the next natural step. People used to reach for a book or mag when they were on the loo, but now they'll be logging on! It's exciting to think that the smallest room can now be the gateway to the massive virtual world."The MSN iLoo is in the early phase of construction. Details of its launch have not yet been announced but the MSN iLoo will be making an appearance at British summer festivals.British Microsoft executives weren't available to discuss whether the iLoo might be exported into the United States.But Steve Barger, president of Seattle's Northwest Cascade Inc., which owns and services 20,000 Honey Bucket portable toilets, called it "an interesting idea" and said, "We'd be happy to work with Microsoft on a prototype for use here."Problems he foresees include vandalism or theft of the electronics and damage from the hot water or stream used to clean the units' interiors."I don't know if you'd call it a logical next step" to create such a toilet, "but it doesn't seem so unbelievable, especially for high-end special events," he said.Truth is stranger than fiction, as a wise man said.Best regards.Luis

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