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NYC police make arrest in 'bouquet bandit' case

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Suspect says it with flowers, cops a warrant

A suspect dubbed the "bouquet bandit" because he held fresh flowers while robbing a Manhattan bank was arrested Wednesday at a home in Brooklyn. The publicity generated by a security photo — including front-page headlines in the New York City tabloids — led to tips naming 44-year-old Edward Pemberton, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The New York Police Department released the photo on Monday amid a manhunt for a robber who walked into a bank last week carrying a bouquet neatly bundled in pink tissue paper and plastic. Hidden inside the arrangement was a note that read, "Give me all your $100s, $50s. Don't be a hero." A teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled on foot, leaving the flowers behind. Kelly said the suspect had a legitimate — and revealing — line of work: "He did odd jobs in the flower district. Very odd jobs."

islam approved

No wonder this coffee's expensive

Indonesia's top Islamic body declared Muslims can drink civet coffee — the world's most expensive coffee, which is extracted from the dung of civet cats, which are mongoose-like animals. A preacher recently suggested the beverage might not be "halal" — or religiously approved — because its unusual provenance makes it unclean. Kopi Luwak, which takes it name from the Indonesian word for civets, is made from hard beans that have been eaten by the nocturnal critters then fermented in their stomachs before being pooped out and roasted.

the naked city

This is a different kind of courting

New York City's famous Naked Cowboy is headed to court to protect his trademark from the Naked Cowgirl. Robert Burck says Sandy Kane is damaging the brand he built through more than a decade of strumming his guitar wearing only briefs and a cowboy hat. He's earned as much as $1,000 a day working Times Square from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kane wears a bikini, cowboy hat and guitar in her role as the Naked Cowgirl.

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Oakland, the Silicon Valley of Cannabis?

Oakland has moved closer to becoming the first city in the nation to authorize wholesale pot cultivation. The City Council voted 5-2 with one abstention in favor of a plan to license four production plants where marijuana would be grown, packaged and processed. Those vying for a license would have to pay $211,000 in annual permit fees, carry $2 million worth of liability insurance and be prepared to devote up to 8 percent of gross sales to taxes.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

NYC police make arrest in 'bouquet bandit' case 07/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 10:56pm]

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