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Maine town tables ordinance to muffle roosters

OAKLAND, Maine (AP) — Roosters in the small central Maine town of Oakland are free to crow as loud as they like.

The Town Council has tabled a proposal that would have levied fines as high as $100 on the owners of loud roosters.

The Morning Sentinel reports that a dozen residents of the town of about 6,200 showed up at the council meeting to oppose the ordinance.

Ethan Pullen says some people like to breed chickens to show at agricultural fairs, and to breed chickens, you need a rooster.

Town Manager Peter Nielsen said the proposal was sparked mostly by the concerns of one resident, who complained about a neighbor's four loud roosters. The neighbor has since given three roosters away, which Nielsen says appears to have solved the problem.

Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Grass bugs plague northeast Oregon community 

ELGIN, Ore. (AP) — Crickets aren't the problem in the Cricket Flat region of Elgin, Ore.

Rather, it's an infestation of grass bugs.

The Oregon State University Extension Office gets calls about the small insects every year, but nothing like this summer. Extension agronomist Darrin Walenta says this year's population has reached "plague-like numbers."

Walenta says the bugs have no known predators in the region. He says they haven't been studied much because they're considered a nuisance — not an economic problem.

But Natalie Bustos tells the La Grande Observer newspaper that the bugs are more than a nuisance.

Bustos says she lives with bees and bears, but she can't live with tens of thousands of bugs. She checks her furniture every half-hour, and dumps her vacuum three times a day.

Information from: The (La Grande) Observer, http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Club ejected after masseur makes soccer saves 

SAO PAULO (AP) — A sports tribunal has removed a fourth-division club from the Brazilian league after its masseur stepped onto the field and made two key saves near the end of a match.

The tribunal also suspended masseur Romildo da Silva for 24 matches and fined him about $250 for helping club Aparecidense this month.

With the match against Tupi tied 2-2, Silva lurked from behind the net and entered the field when a Tupi player cleared the goalkeeper and appeared to have an open shot on goal. He blocked two consecutive shots, allowing his team to advance to the competition's quarterfinals.

Enraged Tupi players chased Silva from the field and police grabbed him for his own protection.

With Monday's ruling, Tupi replaces Aparecidense in the next round.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Cranbrook's Steggy statue gets fashion makeover

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Steggy, the model dinosaur outside the Cranbrook Institute of Science in suburban Detroit, is sporting a few new fashionable touches.

The museum staff arrived Monday to find the Stegosaurus statue clad in leggings, an eye patch, spike and plate scrunchies, tail bracelets and an orange cap with a pompom on its tail.

A woman identifying herself only as Jenn dressed Steggy sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning, the museum said. In her letter, Jenn said she undertook the project to thank Steggy for inspiring her childhood love of science. The letter had no contact information, the institute said.

"It was an amazing Monday morning for us," institute Director Michael Stafford said in a statement. "Our mission is to inspire a love of science and clearly that happened with Jenn. She is a very talented knitter. I am sure she will make a wonderful geologist. She clearly LOVES science, and we are thrilled that her love of science started at Cranbrook."

In her letter, Jenn said that Steggy gave her a place to be herself.

"As a girl, I was teased for liking paleontology and wanting to play dinosaurs with the boys," she wrote.

Cranbook's model Stegosaurus was installed in 1980 to mark the museum's 50th anniversary. Cranbrook said Steggy will wear the clothes through Sunday, and they may be displayed on special occasions after that.

In the letter, Jenn said she and her husband were considering a move back to Michigan from Missouri.

"Jenn said in her letter to Steggy that she will be back to do a photo with him when she graduates," Stafford said. "We hope we will get to meet her."

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