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NC TOWN’S CHIEF CAN’T SHOOT, LOSES GUN AND BADGE

RICHLANDS, N.C. (AP) — The police chief of a North Carolina town has been prohibited from carrying a badge and gun because he couldn’t shoot straight.

Bennett’s suspended certification also means he cannot turn on the blue lights on a police cruiser or make a traffic stop.

Police Chief Thomas Bennett was suspended as a law enforcement officer after failing his recent annual firearms qualification exam.

Bennett says he is still able to perform job duties related to managing the police department. Town Administrator Gregg Whitehead says Bennett has been asked to take the firearms test again.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports (http://bit.ly/HxsaeC) that Bennett has been police chief in Richlands, near the Atlantic coast, since 1999 and plans to retire in July.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

SCOTS DEPLOY TASTE TESTERS TO SAMPLE GAS LEAK FISH

LONDON (AP) — The Scottish government says it has deployed taste testers to sample fish found around the site of a North Sea gas leak.

The Scottish government says that fish gathered around the platform earlier this week by a trawler have been tasted and found to be untainted.

Specially trained “sensory testers” at the Aberdeen, Scotland-based Marine Scotland Science organization sniffed and tasted seven different species of fish collected near Total’s leak-stricken Elgin platform.

Spokesman Tom Whittles said Wednesday the test was an “established procedure which uses the power of the human tongue.”

The facility is pouring out millions of cubic feet (tens of thousands of cubic meters) of natural gas every day, and green groups have expressed concern over the leak’s environmental impact.

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A central Alabama judge ordered a man to serve three days in jail for contempt of court for wearing so-called saggy pants. Twenty-year-old LaMarcus D. Ramsey was in Autauga County Circuit Court on Tuesday to enter a plea on a charge of receiving stolen property.

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PROVIDENCE’S ICONIC BIG BLUE BUG GETS A MAKEOVER DO YOU EVER WISH DAVID KLEPPER,Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After 32 years of surveying Interstate 95 from his perch atop a pest control business, Rhode Island’s big blue bug is getting a promotion — and a makeover to go with it. The towering termite named Nibbles Woodaway now sports a necktie, a sartorial step up befitting his new stature as corporate namesake. New England Pest Control owner Stephan Goldman said Monday he’s changing his company’s name to Big Blue Bug Solutions to honor the blue behemoth that long ago achieved iconic status in Rhode Island. “Everyone knows the big blue bug. The bug is more famous than the name of my company,” Goldman said after unveiling Nibbles’ new neckwear, a spotted tie that nicely matches his compound eyes.

The name change comes as two of Goldman’s sons prepare to take over the business that his father started in 1935. Nibbles arrived in 1980, after the company moved to its present location south of downtown Providence and was looking for a way to advertise.

At 4,000 pounds and easily visible from a busy stretch of interstate, Nibbles makes a convincing pitchman. The big bug made the list of quirky attractions compiled by “Roadside America” and scored a cameo in the movie “Dumb and Dumber.” Couples have gotten engaged under the big bug. One woman had Nibbles tattooed on her leg. “You ask anyone — where is the blue bug? And they know where it is,” said Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, who rode a lift to the company’s roof on Monday to get a close look at Nibbles. Nibbles’ appearance changes through the year, boasting reindeer antlers at Christmas, Uncle Sam’s red, white and blue top hat on July 4, or a

baseball cap from the minor league Pawtucket Red Sox. The 58-foot-long insect is built from steel and fiberglass.

Nibbles was supposed to be purple, which Goldman said is the actual color of termites when viewed under a microscope. But the sun faded the paint to blue. Good thing, too: Big purple bug doesn’t sound as good, he said. Goldman initially worried that Rhode Island residents would call Nibbles an eyesore but said he’s never received any complaints. He said one woman told him she made sure to include a ride past the enormous insect whenever taking her young children to the doctor or dentist. “They wouldn’t want to go, but she’d say ‘We can drive by the big blue bug on the way home,’” he said. “And that did it.” Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

VT. GOVERNOR CHASED BY 4 BEARS IN BACKYARD MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A late-night encounter with four bears trying to snack from backyard birdfeeders gave Vermont’s governor a lesson in what not to do in bear country.

One of the bears chased Peter Shumlin and nearly caught the governor while he was trying to shoo the animals away, he said Friday. “I had a close encounter with a bear, four bears to be exact,” Shumlin said. Shumlin said he had just gone to bed inside his rented home on the edge of Montpelier late Wednesday when the bears woke him up. He looked out the window and saw the bears in a tree about five feet from the house trying to get food from his four birdfeeders. “I open up the window and yell at them to get away from the birdfeeders. They kind of trot off,” Shumlin said Friday. “I go around to the kitchen to turn the lights on and look from the other side and they’re back in the birdfeeders. So I figure I’ve got to get the birdfeeders out of there or they’re going to make this a habit.” He said he then ran out and first grabbed two of the feeders. As he grabbed the other two and made his escape, “one of the bigger bears was interested in me.”

“It was probably six feet from me before I slammed the door and it ran the other way,” Shumlin said.

While homeowners like to watch the birds, they don’t need to be fed once the snow melts, LeCours said.

Shumlin said he didn’t stop to get dressed, though he didn’t reveal exactly how little he was wearing.

In certain circumstances, such as if someone is deliberately trying to attract bears, people can be fined for keeping feeders out, but that wouldn’t apply in the governor’s case.

“I sleep like many Vermont boys, without too much clothing at night. I’m not a big pajama person,” he said. “The bottom line is: The bears were dressed better than I and they could have done some real damage.” Shumlin, 56, a first term Democratic governor from Putney, said he had part of the encounter on video, which he refused to release. He first described the wild encounter in an interview with the editorial board of the Valley News newspaper of Lebanon, N.H. He told the newspaper he was within “three feet of getting ‘arrrh.’”

“If someone does it inadvertently, there’s no violation of law,” LeCours said. LeCours said it was likely Shumlin was dealing with a sow with three cubs. He said he’d never heard of a bear chasing after a person with food, but mother bears will protect their young. “She most likely felt her cubs were being threatened,” LeCours said. ___

“The lesson is as a Vermonter who grew up in this state and should know better, if you’re going to feed birds at this time of year, bring your birdfeeders in at night,” he said.

Associated Press writer Dave Gram contributed to this report. ___

But Col. David LeCours, Vermont’s chief game warden, said bringing feeders in at night won’t make a difference because the bears will return to eat the birdfeed on the ground. The Department of Fish and Wildlife urges homeowners to remove birdfeeders in the spring.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http:// www.vnews.com

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