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Sept. 11, 2007 at 6:00 AM
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Smuggler learns not to stow pot near DEA

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A known New York drug smuggler faces possession charges for allegedly stowing 35 pounds of marijuana in a locker near the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The storage locker where Roger Golden stashed his stash was in a self-storage facility with two entrances -- one conveniently in the lobby of the DEA building, the New York Post reported Monday.

Drug agents walking to the office passed the self-storage business caught a whiff, said John Gilbride, head of the office. They brought in a drug-sniffing dog, which plunked down in front of Golden's locker.

"Here's a guy that has been known to drug law enforcement for 30 years and he picks, of all places, to store his marijuana in a storage facility connected to the New York office of the DEA," said John Gilbride, head of the office.

Gators gaze at passers-by from pond

HAMPTON ROADS, Va., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Two alligators found in a pond inside a Virginia community probably aren't dangerous to humans, but officials are setting up traps -- just in case.

Police and animal control personnel in Hampton Roads say they aren't quite sure how the 3-foot reptiles got into the pond, The Virginian-Pilot in Hampton Roads reported.

"It's hard to say," said police spokeswoman Rene Ball said, adding that residents in the area should be careful.

Web site really does go to dogs

NOTTINGHAM, England, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The community Web site Dogbook has thousands of four-legged users, like two boxers in Britain, looking for friends the new-fashioned way: the Internet.

Owners can post their pooches' profiles on the Facebook spin-off, which boasts more than 35,000 users, the Daily Mail reported Monday. Dogs' best friends can upload photos of their dogs and list pertinent information such as favorite activities and parks.

Nadine Dyer of Nottingham, recently posted profiles for her two boxers, Riley and Harvey. Riley's profile lists his interests as "sleeping all day" and soccer. Harvey's profile says he has a "majestic nature" and enjoys playing with a flying disk.

Dogbook and its feline companion Catbook were created by two Canadians, Geoffrey Roche, 54, and his son Alex, 21.

"We're amazed at how they have taken off," the elder Roche said.

Mike problems render Petraeus silent

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Two U.S. congressional panels had to wait a bit longer to hear assessments about security and political directives in Iraq because a microphone didn't work.

Testimony from U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, was delayed for several minutes as workers scrambled to get his microphone to work.

U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, warned Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker that the sound system wasn't the best. But when Petraeus wanted to give his statement after opening remarks by several representatives, his mike failed to work.

After about 5 minutes, the problem was fixed and Petraeus began his remarks.

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