The morning Odds & Ends
MERCER, Pa. George Kaminski, who has spent more than half of his life behind bars, has one more reason to hate prison.There are no four-leaf clovers here, Kaminski, 53, told The Herald of Sharon for Fridays editions.Kaminski, serving time for crimes including burglary and shooting at a police officer, has collected a world record 72,927 four-leaf clovers since 1995. He found all of them on the grounds of various Pennsylvania prisons.But now that he moved to a minimum-security facility with fewer clovers, hes worried about the competition.Edward Martin Sr., of Soldotna, Alaska, claims to have collected more than 76,000 four-leaf clovers. The 73-year-old retiree has applied to Guinness to be recognized as the new record holder.Ive got file cabinets full of clovers, said Kathy Dawson, Soldotnas mayoral assistant. The mayor had kids from the schools counting all these clovers, and there are still more to be counted.Kaminski complained that the competition with Martin is unfair.The guys got the whole world I have two or three acres, Kaminski said from the visitors room of State Correctional Institution-Mercer, about 55 miles north of Pittsburgh.
AUSTIN The Friday night lights in Texas could soon be without bumpin and grindin cheerleaders.Legislation filed by state Rep. Al Edwards of Houston would put an end to sexually suggestive performances at high school athletic events and other extracurricular competitions.Its just too sexually oriented, you know, the way theyre shaking their behinds and going on, breaking it down, said Edwards, a 26-year veteran of the Texas House.And then we say to them, dont get involved in sex unless its marriage or love, its dangerous out there and yet the teachers and directors are helping them go through those kind of gyrations.Under Edwards bill, if a school district knowingly permits such a performance, state funds would be reduced in an amount to be determined by the education commissioner.Edwards said he filed the bill after seeing several instances of such ribald performances in his district.J.M. Farias, owner of Austin Cheer Factory, said cheerleading aficionados would welcome the law. Cheering competitions penalize for suggestive movements or any vulgarity, he said.Any coaches that are good wont put that in their routines, he said.
DANA POINT, Calif. Dead jumbo squid are again washing up along Orange Countys coastline, baffling scientists who are trying to find out why.The Ocean Institute in Dana Point has conducted some of the research, shipping specimens to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Stanford University for further study.Scientists at the institute this week dissected a 5-foot-long, 15-pound female Humboldt squid that was filled with parasites and sand. More than a 100 squid have been spotted since Sunday between Dana Point and San Clemente.Still, there are no answers.We still dont know whats killing them, said Linda Blanchard, lab director of the Ocean Institute who has dissected about a dozen squid since they first washed up ashore in January. All we have right now are theories.Scientists believe the squid are swimming north from Mexico to follow food sources, forcing them to come closer to the surface and shore. Squid normally live and hunt 3,000 feet below the waters surface.In January, about 1,500 Humboldt squid washed up on the Orange County coastline about a week after an oil spill from an undetermined source coated more than 1,000 seabirds off the Southern California coast.
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