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The skinny: Booze-infused confidence trees moose

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Booze-infused confidence trees moose

Apples can ferment while on the tree. And moose have learned to apply that knowledge. But just like people and their fermented treats, sometimes moose don't know when to cut themselves off. That proved to be a great problem for one moose in Gothenburg, Sweden. After having one too many boozy fruits, it stumbled around, almost getting hit by a car. Then it went looking for more. It saw some high in a tree, but when it couldn't reach the forbidden fruit, it started to climb for them. One slip, and it was stuck. All of this was a surprise to Per Johansson who came home to find a moose stuck in his apple tree. Authorities helped the moose out of the tree, and it slept it off in Johansson's yard before waking up and stumbling back into the woods.

15 clams valued at 10,000 clams

With all the restrictions for carry-on luggage and hassles at airport security, it's really a good idea to leave shellfish at home. Even if you are using the shellfish to try to smuggle cocaine into the country. Maybe especially if you're doing that. When David Pocasangre Vaquiz landed at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., from El Salvador, customs officials totally figured out that something was up. There was cocaine in 15 of the 80 clams he was carrying, officials told Leesburg Today, for a total of more than 5 ounces, worth about $10,000. He was arrested.

School board

Teacher loses fight to keep his job

Growing up in America's heartland, you have to be tough. For example, when two kids in an Omaha, Neb., middle school were in a dispute, teacher Patrick Kocsis, 39, took them outside and told them to settle it by fighting it out, because that's how it should be done. Update: The Omaha School Board has informed Kocsis that that's not how it's done. Kocsis was fired at Wednesday's meeting. Police also think that's not how it's done, citing Kocsis for two counts of child neglect.

Smart shoppers

Keen eye nets charity $22,999

A box of assorted odd items was destined for the Goodwill outlet store in Nashville. Stuff that ends up at the outlet store is a deal, as it is sold by the pound. As the box was making its way through the process, one of the workers flipped through and noticed a photo of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Being that he lived in the mid 19th century, there aren't a lot of photos of Lee. It was a tintype photograph so it had a little weight, but would have brought only about $1 in the outlet. The worker took it to the online auction department, and it sold for $23,000. "We're doing a happy dance," said spokeswoman Suzanne Kay-Pittman.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

The skinny: Booze-infused confidence trees moose 09/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 9:58pm]
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