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The skinny: Knowing what that smell is you're smelling

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knowing what that smell is you're smelling

Here's a crime-fighting idea not to be sniffed at: Dutch police have asked citizens to use their noses to help track down illicit cannabis plantations. Police and municipalities in Rotterdam and The Hague this week mailed 30,000 scratch-and-sniff cards that give off the pungent odor of cannabis plants to help people identify the smell of a plantation. Possessing and using small amounts of cannabis is tolerated in the Netherlands, as is growing up to five plants for personal use. But "cannabis cultivation has to stop," police said in a statement. "It might seem innocent, but it's not."

menacing DIRT ROAD?

Park it here, Mr. Transport Minister

The Czech Republic now has a transport minister without a driver's license. Honestly. Vit Barta has been banned from driving for six months and fined for using a phony license plate on his car. A spokesman said Tuesday that the ban and fine of $283 came after Barta was found driving his Maserati home from his wedding in July. The spokesman said the minister had lost his original plate while driving on a rugged dirt road and was using a phony one to replace it. That explains it.

PIZZA HAS TO WAIT

Deer flies in, then out of vehicle

Trooper Mark Fahning of the Minnesota State Patrol had investigated his share or deer incidents, but had never seen a deer fly all the way through a car. Until now. A family heading for pizza on the first day of hunting season Saturday bagged a deer instead, when a small buck struck by an oncoming car flew through their windshield and out their rear window. Chris and Susan Blake and their 17-year-old daughter, Olivia, were injured but survived the crash along the Blue Earth County highway, KARE-TV in MInneapolis reported. The deer died.

A paint caper

As the airplanes sit, the oranges fly

Brian Henio of Mesa, Ariz., admits throwing oranges at parked airplanes, though he isn't too clear on the why. It probably has something to do with spray paint. The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that Henio, 33, was booked on suspicion of possession of a vapor releasing substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing after a disturbance at Mesa's Falcon Field municipal airport. Police found him in a nearby orange grove, with spray paint on his upper lip and the smell of paint in the air. Police say Henio told them he sniffed the spray paint and threw oranges at the planes. He then wondered what was the big deal about tossing oranges at planes. Finally, he said he wanted to go to New Mexico.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

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