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The skinny: Real stinkers invite selves into homes

unwanted guests

real stinkers invite selves into homes

That stink means they're back. Throughout the mid Atlantic region, folks are turning up their noses at the prospect that this summer's infestation of the brown marmorated stink bug will be even worse than last year's. Tens of millions of the inchlong pests wreaked havoc on crops and homes then. "It eats peaches and grapes and soybeans," said Michael J. Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland. "It's annihilated organic growers who can't use pesticides. And guess what? After it eats your crops, it comes inside your home. I've never seen another bug do that." The insect, which is believed to have been brought from Asia to the Allentown, Pa., area in 1998, has proved to be a general irritant in no small part because of its foul odor, which it secretes as a defense mechanism.

a picky thief

Keep your cash, but not your hair

While she was guarding her purse, he was figuring how to make off with something else. Her hair. Police said the woman, 24, was waiting for a bus in the central city of Goiania, Brazil, when the man used a knifelike weapon to cut her hair, which reached past her waist. She said she thought the man was going to steal her purse so she turned her back to him. Police say the hair was virgin, meaning it had not been chemically treated, and will probably be sold for the production of wigs.

Where'd he go?

Hey, beagle, a fox is following you

Talk about having a bad day. A bungling beagle has been branded the world's worst hunting dog by the London Telegraph after failing to spot a fox trotting along behind it. The beagle had strayed too close to a den containing four fox cubs, and their protective parents then went out to confront the hound. Naturalist and photographer Mircea Costina captured the scene of the male fox trailing the dog in a forest north of Montreal.

A LITTLE WET LIE

Trying rafting out of this one

A northeast Ohio couple found themselves up to their ankles in trouble for rafting on the flood-swollen Grand River without life preservers and lying about it to searchers who later found them on land. A judge sentenced Grace Nash, 20, and Bruce Crawford, 22, to stand in a tiny swimming pool while wearing life jackets and handing out water safety brochures Saturday at a festival in Painesville, the News-Herald reported. It was that and community service or 60 days in jail.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources

The skinny: Real stinkers invite selves into homes

05/23/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2011 11:00pm]

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