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The Skinny: That Statue of Liberty on the stamp? It's in Vegas

Postal whoops

Waaait just a minute, this isn't right

The U.S. Postal Service's new first-class stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty has a big problem: The image on it is based on a photo of a Las Vegas replica of the statue at Hotel Liberty. Postal Service spokesman Roy Betts said billions of stamps have been printed and they won't be pulled from the market. "We love the image," Betts said. "It really was a mislabeling more than anything." The 44-cent forever stamp has been on sale in coils since December. The Postal Service does plan to change some informational material about the stamp, however.

Make us an offer

Is Preparation H, Wyo., far behind?

Later this month, the roughly 31,000 residents of Altoona, Pa., east of Pittsburgh, will for 60 days become citizens of the city of POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. The City Council sold naming rights to independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock to make a point — and for an unspecified sum of cash to help the Police Department. The film skewers the proliferation of advertising in American life. POM Wonderful is a juice company that paid to be the movie's title sponsor. The film screens in the city April 27, the day the name change takes effect.

Bite my lawsuit

And the dog didn't read him his rights

Erin Sullivan, 33, is suing the Phoenix and Glendale, Ariz., police departments, claiming that a dog that assisted in his arrest violated his civil rights by using excessive force after he ran from officers in Glendale during a burglary investigation last year. Police say, by the way, that Sullivan bit the dog back, injuring it. Preliminary filings ask for $200,000 from Glendale and $250,000 from Phoenix. Officials in Glendale and Phoenix have declined to comment. Sullivan is serving eight years for the Glendale burglary.

Boarding soon

Rich space cadets, here's your chance

The Virgin Galactic spaceline founded by Sir Richard Branson has put out a call for pilots to operate its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft and WhiteKnightTwo mother ship. Those selected would fly during development testing now under way and commercial operations at some point in the future. The company wants test pilots who graduated from respectable flight schools and who have a minimum of 3,000 hours flying experience. Prior spaceflight experience is a plus, but not required. Virgin Galactic plans to fly tourists on brief suborbital flights at a cost of $200,000 per person.

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The Skinny: That Statue of Liberty on the stamp? It's in Vegas 04/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2011 9:57pm]
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