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The morning Odds & Ends

LINCOLN, Neb. What do Bigfoot, Noahs Ark and Amelia Earharts plane have in common?Theyre all being used to make a point by Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, who is taking aim at a measure to protect hunting.In an attempt to mock the proposed change to Nebraskas constitution, Chambers has filed 35 amendments to protect the hunting of a myriad of other things, including the missing Earhart plane, the ark, Osama bin Laden and the Holy Grail.This state is not going to ban fishing, hunting and trapping, said Chambers, who believes the proposal is unnecessary.While there is no immediate threat, there are animal rights groups that would like to see hunting, fishing and trapping outlawed, said Sen. Ed Schrock, who introduced the measure. I think we should probably get out ahead of this.The proposed amendment would add one paragraph to the state constitution that says fishing, trapping, and hunting are a valued part of the heritage of the people and will be a right forever preserved.Eleven other states have similar protections in law or the constitution. Rhode Island and California also have amendments protecting the right to fish.Chambers successfully shot down a similar proposal last year. If he gets his way, laughing, coughing, itching, scratching, lounging, munching and being oneself also will be protected.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. A woman accused of digging up and taking her boyfriends cremated remains more than a decade ago and drinking the beer that was buried with them was sentenced to 60 days in jail.Karen Stolzmann, 44, had faced up to nine months in jail on a misdemeanor charge of concealing stolen property. She was sentenced Monday, Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco said.DeCecco had recommended a six-month sentence.I kind of thought she should be punished more, he said. Under these kinds of circumstances, this is just unexcusable.Investigators accused Stolzmann of digging up the ashes of her former boyfriend, Michael Hendrickson, at a Columbia County cemetery possibly out of spite for his family.Hendrickson was 27 when he died in 1992 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His relatives contacted authorities last fall after discovering his remains were stolen.Beer and cigarettes buried with him also were missing.Investigators were led to Stolzmann, who had lived with Hendrickson and was with him when he shot himself. Both were married to other people at the time.Detectives searched Stolzmanns home, found her hiding in the shower and located the remains in her garage, authorities said.Stolzmann also was ordered to pay restitution for metal plaques missing from Hendricksons grave site, DeCecco said.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden A sculptor who created an entire orchestra of instruments from ice canceled his show at the last minute because he didnt like the sound of the musicians warming up.The concert was set for Sunday with instruments including clarinets, trumpets, guitars, cellos all carved from ice by New Mexico-based artist Tim Linhart. The frigid instruments were outfitted with tuning pegs, finger boards and strings.But organizers said Linhart spontaneously canceled the show, part of the city of Piteaas annual winter festival, because he didnt think the musicians were good enough at playing his creations.That caused heated tempers among some guests in the 100-seat igloo concert hall.Linharts behavior was completely unacceptable, said Christer Wiklund, head of the music school in the city, some 550 miles north of the capital, Stockholm.It was an insult to our city, who employed him, and an offense against the student musicians who have only had a few days to train on the instruments, Wiklund added.Linhart could not be immediately be reached for comment.

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