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By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International  |  May 15, 2002 at 2:27 AM
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BUS ADS TO APPEAR ON SCHOOL BUSSES

You see them all the time in big cities -- ads for everything from toothpaste to sports cars, pasted on the sides of busses. In some towns the entire side of the bus is painted with an ad done in a textured coating that actually allows people to see through it while looking out of the vehicle's windows.

Now from Boston comes word that the Massachusetts state legislature has approved a plan that could allow certain kinds of ads to appear on school busses.

Statehouse records show that the plan, sponsored by GOP legislators, would allow for the placement of anti-smoking ads on busses. Municipalities would be allowed to earmark as much as 10 percent of their anti-smoking campaign funds to the mobile campaign.


MAN IN THE MOON IS A SOFTY

NASA engineers say that there is a "soft spot" in the face of the Moon. Using earth-bound laser beams, scientists say they have found what may be molten laval under the surface of the orb.

Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California report on the NASA Web site that beams are sent from earth to reflectors on the surface of our nearest neighbor. In case you're curious as to how the reflectors got there, they were placed by members of the Apollo moon-landing missions of the 1960s and '70s, just for that purpose.

The laser-reflector process provides an incredibly accurate way to gauge even the smallest variation in the surface of the moon.


A NEW DRUG PROBLEM: TOO-STRONG HEROIN

Doctors at a hospital in Nashua, N.H., report that a potent form of heroin has claimed another life at the facility. A 44-year-old man from that city appears to have used a brand of street heroin called "Red Devil" in a hospital restroom, and subsequently died from an overdose.

Since March, at least two people have died and as many as nine others have had to be hospitalized because of overdoses.

The Red Devil heroin being sold in Nashau gets its name from an emblem on the pack, describing it as being "Red Hot." Yes, in this day of drug proliferation, some of it actually is labeled professionally.

Published reports indicate that the packets of heroin have been selling for about $15. The potency is the problem. Some of the stuff is extremely strong and may lead to a deadly surprise for users.


POLICE FIND 'REAL HAUL' IN BIG RIG

Mississippi State Police officers say that when they pulled over a big rig for a suspected traffic violation they got more than they bargained for. CBS News says that the investigating officer, who had stopped the truck on a busy highway, discovered that the trucker allegedly had some 10 pounds of marijuana with him.

As the investigation of the truck continued, $81,000 in cash was also found.

The driver and a passenger, his brother, were arrested. The pair will be charged with possession. The investigation into the source and disposition of the money continues.

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