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The skinny: Hey, rowdies, keep it down or get texted

THAT'S an 'i,' as in IPOD

hey, rowdies, keep it down or get texted

It seems new uses for the iPod Touch are discovered all the time. Eric Coulombe, the manager at Bull Feeney's bar in Portland, Maine, says it is the latest weapon against the rowdiness and fighting that have long plagued the bar scene in the seaside city. Bar owners and the police have started a text messaging system to alert one another when a patron is removed from a bar, is overly belligerent or is seen fighting. The texts will include the person's name, if it is known, a physical description or photo, and what the person was doing. Alcohol-fueled violence "has really been a problem, and if we can intercept them before anything happens, that's a good thing," police Chief James Craig said. The texts have not led to any arrests yet, but publicity around the system appears to have deterred fighting.

all out of honey

Taking wrong turn, finding dead end

On the roof of a mall in Scranton, Pa., a black bear did wander. Not to go shopping, but to escape from he police. Alas, it was not to be. The 400-pound male bear apparently climbed onto the roof of the Viewmont Mall after it searched for food in a trash bin early Friday. Scranton police responded to a report of a bear going through the trash around 2:15 a.m. When police put a spotlight on the animal, it climbed up a fence, got on the roof and began roaming around. Game Commission officers were called, and tranquilizers followed. In a break for the bear, officers planned to release the animal onto state game lands.

Fondness for cuffs

Maybe he'll reach 1,000 someday

It's not known whether Thomas Peno of Vernon, Conn., is familiar with Guinness World Records or whether he is trying to enter it. This much is known. Police say Peno, 50, had a date to appear at a courthouse to answer a larceny charge, and while there he broke into several cars in front of the building, took a GPS unit and inadvertently tried to sell it to its owner. He was arrested, of course — for the 40th time. We don't know whether that's a record, but we suspect it will mean jail time for Peno. He was charged Wednesday with burglary, larceny and breach of peace.

Better than the rest

A life and a style hard to duplicate

Ren Jiemei of China is known as the best embroiderer in her village. So take notice: Ren, 65, of Haiyang in Shandong province was born with no arms. She has learned to use her feet to eat, wash, comb her hair, draw pictures and cut paper, reports Qilu Evening Post. "From childhood, I swore to myself that I'd use my feet to do everything."

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

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