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By United Press International  |  Feb. 27, 2007 at 6:00 AM
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Ford exec plans to keep mullet hairstyle

DETROIT, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Ford executive Mark Fields says he has no plans to change one of his most recognizable attributes -- his mullet hairstyle.

Although Fields, executive vice president and president of Ford's Americas division, says he does not believe his hairstyle counts as a mullet, the long-in-back and short-in-front style is recognized by many as the often-mocked style sported by many hockey players, The Detroit Free Press reported Monday.

Fields said he has no plans to cut his long hair.

"I don't want to be too corporate," he said. "That's part of my radical side." Ford is headquartered in Dearborn, Mich.

Ninety-one percent of Internet voters on a poll concluded that Fields' hair is, in fact, a "bold mullet," and an user observed after the Detroit auto show that "Fields looked like an 8-track tape salesman from the late 70's in his zoot suit and mullet."

Fields said he has gotten used to the digs on his 'do, and he even keeps a computer-generated joke card on his desk that features a Ford-brand version of the executive with long hair, a Mercury version with medium-length hair, and a Lincoln-brand Fields with a closely-cropped mane.

Good Samaritan winds up in jail

YORK, England, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A York, England, woman who interrupted a bicycle theft said she was subjected to "ill treatment" after she was arrested on suspicion of assault in the incident.

Wendy Challis-Jones, who in the past received two police awards for her service as a traffic warden and store detective, was arrested and forced to sit in a jail cell for 10 hours after pulling the alleged thief from the stolen bicycle, The Daily Mail reported Monday.

"I had got the bike back when I heard a frightening aggressive voice shout 'you stop there, don't move,'" Challis-Jones said. "I turned to see a police officer, who arrested me on suspicion of assault.

"I couldn't believe it. I then spent 10 hours in a filthy police cell with food smeared on the walls and an open toilet with no flush.

"I had my fingerprints taken, DNA, mug shots, they even took my jewelry and shoes away. My emotions were just of humiliation," she told the Daily Mail.

Nigel Slater, of North Yorkshire Police, said Challis-Jones had to be detained while witnesses were interviewed.

$90,000 in pot shipped to clothing store

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The Fusion Jeans boutique in Philadelphia recently received a very special delivery in the form of 20 pounds of marijuana.

"Officers received a call that the manager of the store had received a package from FedEx and when he opened it there was a five-gallon bucket inside," said Capt. Chris Werner of Narcotics Field Unit 2.

The bucket was filled to the brim with pot, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

"We don't usually get Saturday deliveries, so right away we thought something was up," said a manager who was working when the package arrived but asked not to be identified.

The second package reportedly arrived in a similar manner from a different delivery source about an hour later.

"We didn't even bother to open up the second one. We just waited for the police to come," the manager said.

The contents of the two buckets were valued at about $90,000, said Werner.

The packages were from California and only addressed with an attention-to a manager tag, police said.

Scavenger hunt closes Boston cemetery

BOSTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- An ill-advised treasure hunt sponsored by British manufacturer Cadbury Schweppes led to Boston officials to close off an area cemetery.

The manufacturer of Dr Pepper decided to launch a scavenger hunt that spanned 23 U.S. cities, but that contest ultimately forced Boston's Granary Burying Ground to close so officials could search for a hidden prize, the Independent reported.

Officials learned about the coin -- a scavenger hunt item -- hidden in the cemetery when people complained of icy paths, Boston officials had such a problem locating the clue they had to enlist the assistance of the man who hid it.

The Cadbury employee retrieved the coin from its hiding spot near a 200-year-old crypt.

The newspaper said Boston had only just recovered from the media exposure brought about by a bomb scare linked to a promotional campaign organized by the Cartoon Network.

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