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The skinny: Hot dogs may be evidence in Rutt vs. Mutt court battle

What's in a name?

Hot dogs may be evidence in Rutt vs. Mutt

One of New Jersey's hot dog institutions isn't sparing the sauerkraut when it comes to a competitor five miles away. Rutt's Hut in Clifton has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the owners of Mutt's Hut. Rutt's, known for "ripper dogs" fried in fat until the skin rips, claims Mutt's is trying to capitalize on the 83-year-old restaurant's reputation. Mutt's changed its name from Adam's Bagel & Deli in January. Ahmed Mohammed, son of Mutt's co-owner, told the Record newspaper they changed the name because a co-owner had held a trademark on it since 2006 and wanted to use it. Rutt's attorney Gregg Paradise says customers are confused about whether the restaurants are affiliated.

Love plates

Kazakh motorists not shy about love

Traffic police in a southern Kazakhstan city are complaining of a rising tide of motorists replacing their license plates with signs reading "I Love Sex." Online news channel Mir reported Friday that one of them, a 19-year old motorist in Kyzyl-Orda, was fined $1,000 for pinning the provocative plate to his SUV. The station also showed police footage of another car bearing a more chaste plate honoring a woman: "I Love Aizat." Former Soviet Kazakhstan is a largely Muslim nation, but social mores and attitudes toward sex tend to be somewhat relaxed, especially in cities.

Getaway flops

Robber's bus not on express route

Police in Ohio say a man robbed a bank and then tried to flee on board a public bus, where officers eventually caught up with him. Dayton police Sgt. Moe Perez told the Dayton Daily News the suspect got away with cash from a downtown KeyBank branch about 10 a.m. Wednesday. Police were told by witnesses that they saw the man catch a bus about two blocks away. Officers followed the route of the bus and pulled it over less than a mile away. The suspect was arrested without incident and the money was recovered. Police haven't said how much was stolen.

Suspect's outfit was hard to miss

Police in Topeka, Kan., say one holdup suspect's unique outfit made it easy enough to find her — because she showed up hours later wearing the same clothes to watch the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Radio station WIBW-AM reported the 26-year-old woman was taken into custody Thursday after an officer spotted her watching the parade along a downtown street. Authorities say she entered a convenience store that morning holding a screwdriver and demanding money from a clerk. She was wearing a bright blue warm-up suit with a broad yellow stripe — the same attire the officer noticed along the parade route hours later.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: Hot dogs may be evidence in Rutt vs. Mutt court battle 03/18/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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