Racing pigeons face random drug tests
LONDON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Britain's pigeon racing authority says the fleet-winged birds should be held to the same lofty drug free standards as their human counterparts.
Therefore, the Royal Pigeon Racing Association has started drug testing pigeon droppings within 24 hours of races, The Sun reported Thursday.
"Like any other sport we suspect a small, determined band of cheats is spoiling things for others," RPRA General Manager Peter Bryant told the newspaper.
So far, only about 15 dope dropping tests have been performed and all have been negative, he said. However, results on about a dozen more are still outstanding.
Pigeon racing can net owners thousands of dollars in cash and luxury prizes, The Sun said.
Marijuana turns up in strange places
GREEN BAY, Wis., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Sheriff's deputies in Green Bay, Wis., would like to find the prankster who planted marijuana outside the department's headquarters at the county courthouse.
The department's drug control officer found six small marijuana plants growing in a planter on the south side of the Brown County Courthouse Tuesday, WLUK-TV, Green Bay, reported.
"Obviously, as a prank, somebody planted or dropped some seeds into the plants," the chief deputy said.
Police in Van Wert, Ohio, arrested a 51-year-old Peru, Ind., man during the Labor Day weekend for allegedly selling marijuana from a concessions stand at the Van Wert County Fair.
The Toledo Blade said Ernest Z. Dunnagan was arrested Sunday after a fairgoer tipped off officers. Marijuana was found in his camper.
Dunnagan allegedly was recruiting people to sell pot after making sales himself.
Flooding nets 'dinner' for New York man
NYACK, N.Y., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The clouds dumping torrential rains on New York state had a silver lining for a Nyack man who found his dinner wriggling along Route 59.
Joseph Anderson was driving down the soon-to-be-flooding route Wednesday when he spotted a 20-inch-long fish in the road, the White Plains Journal News reported Thursday.
So, he parked his car, jumped out and scooped up his new pet, which he promptly named "Dinner."
Anderson's luck was better than many, who were dealing with flooded roads and basements after more than 6 inches of rain was dumped across the area, thanks to the remnants of tropical depression Frances.
Weather forecasters predicted as much as another 6 inches could douse the area Thursday.
MacGyver actor wins Air Force honor
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force is honoring MacGyver, er, Richard Dean Anderson, for his "positive depiction" of the Air Force over the last seven years.
Anderson, once the fiendishly clever hero/secret agent in the TV series "MacGyver," has for the last seven years produced and starred in the cable Sci-Fi channel's "Stargate SG-1," playing Air Force Col. Jack O'Neill, commanding officer of a team of explorers.
This season, O'Neill has been promoted to brigadier general and will be stuck at Cheyenne Mountain, the underground command center made famous by the movie "War Games."
Air Force Chief of Staff John Jumper will perform a cameo on the popular science fiction series and will be on hand to honor Anderson at the 57th Air Force Anniversary Dinner in Washington Tuesday.
There was no word, however, of a quid pro quo.
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