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Final four

Final four It seemed to be boys vs. girls on "American Idol" until May 2, when the numbers slimmed down to boy vs. girls. Blake Lewis squared off against Jordin Sparks, LaKisha Jones and Melinda Doolittle Tuesday night. America decides who goes, ...

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Final four

It seemed to be boys vs. girls on "American Idol" until May 2, when the numbers slimmed down to boy vs. girls.

Blake Lewis squared off against Jordin Sparks, LaKisha Jones and Melinda Doolittle Tuesday night.

America decides who goes, but we wanted to see who Forum readers liked. We asked fans to go to www.in-forum.com to select their favorite.

You picked Jordin Sparks with 76 percent of the vote.

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Following was Lewis, 17 percent; Doolittle, 6 percent; and Jones, 1 percent.

Check this space on Thursday to see how America voted.

Too many? Get a tow

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - It won't come cheap, but it may be a bargain compared to the price of a drunken-driving arrest.

Smith Cos. plans to launch a new towing taxi service called NDUIT (No DUI Tonight) this week in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago. It will allow intoxicated drinkers to call for a ride home in a tow truck that will also haul their cars.

Unscheduled pickups will cost $85, plus $2 per mile. Reservations are available for $65, plus the towing fee. Frank Sheppard, Smith vice president, said he believes the service is unique.

"There are a lot of businessmen and women, and we feel it's the best place, suburb-wise, to do this," he said.

Rage in an elevator

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OSLO, Norway - Two young Norwegian vandals overlooked a small but crucial detail when they started smashing up a train station elevator: They were inside it.

And the elevator at the Lillestroem Train Station appeared to be the vengeful sort, sealing its doors and holding the two for the police.

"Vandalism is always sad, but a lot of people do see the humor in this," said Ellen Svendsvoll of the National Rail Administration.

The two unidentified vandals went into the elevator late on April 21, waited for the doors to close, and started to kick them, she said.

They kicked so hard that the doors jammed, and the elevator stopped, sending an alarm to security guards. Guards tried to lower the elevator, which only jammed the doors more, so they called the police and fire department.

The two now face criminal charges, as well as a claim from the railroad for repairs, which Svendsvoll said would probably exceed $16,700.

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If there's something you want to see in The Rail, e-mail Features Editor John Lamb at jlamb@forumcomm.com

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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