The morning Odds & Ends |

The morning Odds & Ends

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. (AP) Someone in the Census Bureau may be watching a little too much MTV.Bevis Lake, a 5.7-acre body of water in a forested area about 25 miles northeast of Seattle, is now appearing in Bureau records with a different name: Butthead Lake.Those two names Bevis and Butthead are almost identical to the 1990s MTV cartoon show Beavis and Butt-head, which featured a pair of slacker teenagers who watch music videos and make bad jokes.Someone at the Census Bureau must have gotten bored and made a joke out of naming the lake, said Ken Brown, a land surveyor with the state Department of Natural Resources.Its got to be, he said.Its not unusual for small lakes in out-of-the-way places to have different names because of variations in county, state or other official records, but there are no such indications in this case, Brown said.That means someone is playing a joke, I think, Brown said.

PEARLAND, Texas Susan and Steven Manis say it was their fault their daughter was late for school so they shared her punishment spending an hour with her in detention.The couple says their 13-year-old daughter, Jessica Dunkley, was being unfairly punished for being late six times in October and November when the familys van wouldnt start.So when administrators insisted the Pearland Junior High School East seventh-grader would have to spend an hour in detention, they decided to go with her.Were more at fault than she is, said Susan Manis, who had appealed the administrations decision.After the punishment was over, Jessica said it was a little embarrassing to have her mom and stepfather in detention with her. But, she said, Im proud of them for sticking up for what they believe in.During the hour, the trio copied two pages from a school handbook about pillars of good citizenship.The first one, Susan Manis pointed out, is stand up for your convictions.

PITTSBURGH One of Mark Milanaks students scored a touchdown when he got him a Christmas gift.Russell Malloy, 10, honored his favorite teacher a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan by getting Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris to autograph a ball for the reading tutor.Russell wrote Harris a letter after spending $16 of his own money for the football, and asked Harris to sign it for Milanak, Russells reading tutor at Pittsburghs Bon Air Elementary School.Russell had an in with Harris his great aunt, Lisa Knechtel, has cut Harris hair for 20 years at a downtown salon, and she gave the letter to Harris this week.I bought him a real football with my own money. Could you please sign it to my teacher for Christmas? the note read.Harris obliged and Malloy and his mother, Gina, gave Milanak the ball on Thursday with the school staff in attendance.Gina Malloy said her son repeated the second grade and had struggled in school until Milanak tutored him often regaling the boy with stories of the Steelers glory days, when Harris helped the team win four Super Bowls from 1975 to 1980.I was entirely floored and flattered, Milanak said. It made my entire holiday season.

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