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The skinny: Chessie the manatee returns to the Chesapeake

Chessie's back!

Manatee takes summer trip to Chesapeake

Chessie the wandering manatee is taking a break from the warm Florida weather. He was spotted this week in the cooler waters of Chesapeake Bay. The National Aquarium said the manatee, rescued from the bay in the mid 1990s as cold weather approached, was sighted Tuesday in a marina. Jennifer Dittmar, the Baltimore aquarium's stranding coordinator, said photos were sent to biologists at the U.S. Geological Survey, who used markings on the manatee's body to confirm it was the same manatee. Rescued in 1994, Chessie swam farther north the next year, making his way to New England. He was fitted with a radio transmitter, but biologists lost track of him in the summer of 1996 when a storm hit while he was in North Carolina. Chessie's last confirmed Chesapeake sighting was in Virginia's portion of the bay in 2001.

Can't fool him

Old records prove man paid his bills

The head of a public utility in South Carolina says he's amazed someone saved 10-year-old records. Now Greenville Water System CEO David Bereskin is set to apologize personally to a customer wrongly accused of not paying two water bills dating to 2001. The utility sent past-due notices to Randy Massengale of Mauldin. Massengale said he called to say there must be a mistake, but employees refused to believe him. A utility representative arrived, threatening to shut off his water. But Massengale pulled out his old bank statement and check register, proving he paid a decade ago.

Bigger than life

Monroe sculpture unveiled in Chicago

Her makers had hoped to keep her identity a mystery. But from the moment those giant gams stepped onto Chicago's Michigan Avenue in the heat of the night Monday, that telltale white skirt blown askew, there was little doubt that the 26-foot-tall headless sculpture would transpire as anyone other than Marilyn Monroe. The plastic covering that all week shrouded the sculpture's head was ceremoniously removed Friday morning before the commuter rush, at last revealing the big picture of what downtown residents and commuters — and tourists — will be looking at through the spring of 2012. The 34,000-pound sculpture by New Jersey-based artist Seward Johnson was inspired by Monroe's iconic scene in the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch.

Compiled from Times wires

The skinny: Chessie the manatee returns to the Chesapeake 07/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:14pm]
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