Governor holds one last dog and pony show
Politicians are sometimes laughed at for staging theatrical news conferences. But some politicians — count Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas among them — have a sense of humor, too. Accused of holding "dog and pony show" events, outgoing Douglas used his last one to trot out the real thing. The Republican, who leaves office next month after eight years, appeared at his weekly press conference in Montpelier on Wednesday with a miniature horse and a Labrador retriever in a light-hearted jab at his image. Reporters poked some fun, too, giving him a yellow Wal-Mart greeter T-shirt and a set of scissors to kid him about his penchant for ribbon-cuttings and other ceremonial events. Douglas will be succeeded by Democrat Peter Shumlin.
British wedding coin
Is it Al Gore with some woman?
Britain's Royal Mint on Thursday released a commemorative coin featuring portraits of Prince William and Kate Middleton, his bride-to-be. The response from critics: Bah. Images of the couple on the memento bear little resemblance to either the prince or Middleton, 28, critics said. She appears plump in the face and lips and has bags under her eyes, while some critics suggested William looks more like former Vice President Al Gore. Available in silver or gold, the coin marks the April 29 wedding of the second-in-line to the British throne. The Royal Mint said both the Queen and Prince William gave their consent to the design.
House, farm go bust
Car trouble ends growing passion
A car crashing into your house brings all kinds of headaches: insurance, repairs, temporary housing, that kind of thing. The headache intensifies if you happen to have an indoor marijuana farm, as a Baltimore area man has found. Police in Ellicott City went to the house occupied by Richard Marriott, 44, after the crash and discovered his interest in farming. A search warrant led to the discovery of 20 large marijuana plants and to Marriott's arrest. Marriott's lawyer, Leonard Shapiro, told the Baltimore Sun the marijuana was for personal use, not distribution.
Compiled from Times wires and other sources.