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Cougar cruise won't get replay on Carnival

Cub scouting

A group of about 300 single women went on a Carnival cruise last month with their decidedly younger, yet still totally adult, male friends. Everyone had fun, and the cruise line says there were no problems with the trip. So the group that arranged the cruise started planning another trip. But the company informed the group that any future cougar cruising will not occur on Carnival. The planners have let out a collective shrug and already booked trips on other cruise lines and started planning Australian and British trips.


Get a text from a groundhog on Feb. 2

Feb. 2 is right around the corner, and if you can't make it to western Pennsylvania to see Punxsutawney Phil deliver his forecast first-hand, there is good news for you. The star of Groundhog Day will now text you his predictions as to whether there will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Seems more relevant this year than ever, right? To get Phil's text, text the word "Groundhog" to 247365. Then as soon as Phil does or doesn't see his shadow, you will get an alert.

Police reports

They got Jeff, but not the right Jeff

According to police, three men approached pet store owner Jeff Muller of Newton, N.J., on Friday and asked if he was Jeff Muller. Since he was, he said yes. Then, according to the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, they allegedly shot him with a stun gun and drove him almost 1,200 miles to Missouri where Muller tried to escape at a convenience store. The clerk noticed and called police, who broke up the scheme. No one is really sure what the scheme was, but at that point it was broken up. What is surmised is that the men, all being held without bail on kidnapping charges, got the wrong Jeff Muller. "Bumbling idiots," said Vernon County Sheriff Ron Peckman. Lake Ozark police Chief Mark Maples agreed. "It might be the next Sunday night movie. It's that strange."


Long-haired boy

The Mesquite, Texas, school board had a closed-door meeting on Monday to discuss boys' hair styles and decided that it officially still doesn't like that of prekindergartener Taylor Pugh, 4, who has not been allowed in class since November due to the length of his hair. The board offered to accept braiding as a compromise, but the best Taylor's mom would do was a ponytail, below, which meant he still would still have hair over his collar and be in violation of the policy. Next stop sounds like court.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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