Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column calling out people who use rubber blow-up dolls to get things done.We say you shouldn’t keep secret plastic toys under the bed and take them out to play when you want to buck the system. That’s what one Westminster motorist did Thursday. Well, we don’t know if Greg Allen Pringle’s plastic partner came out from under the bed, but the cops found it in the passenger seat of his car, where Pringle hoped it would pass as a human being and allow him to get away with driving in the HOV lane.Crafty, we know, but wrong, wrong, wrong. So wrong, in fact, we’re going to issue a Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! to the mannequin, which was dressed up in a gray sweat shirt and a baseball cap, according to the cop who wrote the ticket.Just to set the record straight, high-occupancy vehicle lanes are restricted to busses, motorcycles, cars carrying two or more people or hybrid vehicles. The fine for posing with a dummy is $115. ***We’d like to share another academic achievement story with our readers. (Really, these mentions are strictly for the parents, so bear with us for a few moments.) Ahem … Emily Marie Ferris earned a 4.0 grade point average at the University of Georgia during the fall semester, and was therefore named a Presidential Scholar by a Michael F. Adams (the school president). OK, general readers, you can come back now. We hope you can understand why Marty (the mom) would be so proud of her daughter, who decided to go to a Georgia college to get away from the snow (or so mom says). We agree that she picked the perfect year to do just that. And congratulations on the great grades, Emily!***It’s Friday, folks, and we’re supposed to insert a “Thank God It’s” somewhere in there. We’re out participating in a CPR class, hoping to take “Annie” home in the passenger seat …
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