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The skinny: Cops close the case of stolen memorial flags

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Cops close the case of stolen memorial flags

Police in Toledo, Ohio, were on the case of the disappearing memorial flags. The decorative flags had been removed from the city's police memorial one at a time over a few days, and no one knew who was taking them, much less why. Then Lt. James Brown was reporting for duty at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, and caught the perp in the act. Brown said a squirrel, brown in color, was witnessed eyeing a flag, then approached it and removed it from its dowel in seconds. Brown snapped the above photo during the surveillance. "He definitely knew what he was doing," Brown told the Toledo Blade. "This wasn't his first time." They let him go, since they couldn't prove that the same squirrel took all the flags.

Newlyweds go on a shopping spree

Arthur Phillips, 32, and Brittany Lurch, 22, were looking to save as much money as possible on their upcoming wedding. Not sure where they got this money-saving tip, but they figured out a way to save $1,049.26 on the reception. They went to a supermarket in Centre Hall, Pa., loaded up their carts with the stuff they needed to entertain their guests, then walked out of the store and started loading their car, bypassing the whole pesky "paying" part of the transaction. It was a plan, just not necessarily a good plan. Because the store totally noticed them leaving and called police, even when they explained about the wedding reception.

Fashion sense

Parents draw line at skinny jeans

Societal evolution having taken care of the droopy pants problem, schools in Catasauqua, Pa., tried to sneak skinny jeans into the list of banned attire for students. Parents complained, suggesting that they might not be able to find anything that their kids can legally wear to school. It was a compelling argument, and the board backed down. "There's skinny jeans and there's skinny jeans," board member Patricia Snyder told the Morning Call of Allentown, sort of proving the parents' point. Still banned are revealing tops, spandex and shirts with obscenities.

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

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