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The skinny: Just try the complimentary water instead



NOT QUITE VEGAS

just try the COMPLIMENTARY WATER INSTEAD

Make a trip to the casino, roll a few dice, maybe hit the slots, enjoy the free drinks. No? No free drinks? You got that right. As casinos move from Vegas and Atlantic City to middle America, the complimentary cocktail isn't always part of the deal, so to speak. Take Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kansas: no free alcohol. The reasons are seen as economic (restaurants and bars don't think it's a good idea — for them at least) and moral (Mothers Against Drunk Driving doesn't think it's a good idea, either). All of which has left lovers of the freebie, like Lynette Gross of Indiana, bummed. "It just makes it more fun. It's one less thing you have to pay for," said Gross, who has visited casinos in Indiana and Las Vegas. "I don't think it makes you drink more. It's just a nice perk." When you can find it.

ODD TRAVELERS

Something didn't look quite right

What to make of this? Some 300 tortoises and 4.5 pounds of cannabis packed and headed out of the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Authorities screening the luggage decided the key clue was "illegality," since the drugs were outlawed and the tortoises were all endangered species indigenous to Madagascar. Before customs staff could investigate further, a passenger who had arrived with the luggage on a flight from Mauritius fled, authorities said. The tortoises were headed back to Madagascar on Monday. No word on the drug's fate.

The garage caper

As officer works, mayor's bikes walk

With a police officer on guard at his home, the mayor of Washington, D.C., probably figured that guarding the garage was part of the job, too. Not quite, it seems. Mayor Adrian Fenty left his garage open and two bikes were stolen. The officer was reportedly investigated for neglect of duty, but the mayor says, wait, he takes "full responsibility" for leaving the garage open on June 3. The mayor's spokeswoman said Monday that the officer guarding the home followed proper procedure. After all, the officer did report the theft.

SPREADING the MAYO

At 74, a suspected condiment outlaw

Police in Boise, Idaho, think they might have solved a yearlong condiment crime: A 74-year-old woman arrested after pouring mayonnaise in a library book drop is a person of interest in at least 10 other condiment-related crimes. Joy Cassidy was picked up Sunday at the library, moments after police say she pulled through the drive-through and dumped a jar of mayo in the box designated for reading materials. Library employees have reported finding books in the drop box covered in corn syrup and ketchup, too.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Just try the complimentary water instead



06/14/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 12:06am]

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