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Bright & Brief

November 22, 1988

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ A stuffed grizzly bear stolen from the campus of the University of California at Berkeley two years ago was back home in its glass case, now equipped with an alarm.

″So the next time some students from that small school on the Peninsula try something, we’ll have them in handcuffs, where they all belong,″ said school spokesman Tom Debley.

The brown grizzly, which was stolen before the ″Big Game″ with Stanford in 1986, reappeared Monday morning, chained to a fountain in San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza.

On Saturday, the Cal Bears and Stanford Cardinals tied 19-19.

The bear was killed in 1960 by a University of California alumnus who shot it near Mount McKinley in Alaska.

Band members trumpeted, cheer leaders yelled, and general cacophony prevailed when the bear was returned.

″He is the official bear for the university. We’re very glad to see him back,″ said Peggy Perkins, administrator of the student union.


GERING, Neb. (AP) - Members of two western Nebraska churches are lighter as a result of a competitive dieting derby in which they offered up ″lard to the Lord.″

Sixty parishioners lost a half ton in the monthlong effort to ″get slim for Him,″ said the Rev. Neal Hail, nicknamed ″Near-Ton″ Neal.

Hail admitted Monday that his team, the ″First Fatties″ of Scottsbluff’s First Assembly of God, lost the contest after a weigh-in with the ″Northfield Porkers″ of Gering’s Northfield Church.

The 41 members on the team from Gearing lost a total of 665 pounds for an average loss of 16.2 pounds per person. The Scottsbluff squad was just a bit behind, although exact figures were not available. Hail said he personally lost 17 pounds and some members lost 20 pounds or more.

The winners were to be treated sometime after Christmas to an ″All- American Pig-Out,″ with the losing team as hosts.


COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - Drivers who say, ″Gee, Officer, I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong,″ may not only be telling the truth this time, they may also get a good deal on a holiday turkey.

″If an officer sees a good driver who is not following too closely and is driving at a good speed, who’s courteous and has good driving habits, he’ll issue a ’turkey ticket,‴ said Sgt. Robert Ballinger.

The certificates, good for $10 off the purchase of a Thanksgiving turkey, were donated by markets. The program began Friday and continues through Wednesday.

In looking for good drivers, police are paying particular attention to streets where traffic violations and accidents occur frequently in this city 35 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Ballinger said.

″We’re having a lot of fun doing it,″ he added. ″I don’t know how effective it is, but the people we’re giving them to really appreciate it.″


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