School mascot will avoid all rebel symbols
Students at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Va., didn't want a mascot that might be construed as making statements about the Civil War or slavery. They just wanted one to show school spirit. The one they chose won't display the Confederate flag and or any other "rebel" signs. It will be just a drawing of a figure with a big head, white hair, broad-brimmed hat and sash. A bit like the Confederate commanding general? "Our school is named Robert E. Lee," said student body president Marianne Capps on Wednesday. "It's just a symbol of our school, it's not supposed to be him, it's supposed be a symbol of our school." School officials said roughly 480 of the school's students voted for the mascot, with about 20 opposed, the News Leader reported. There was no ethnic or racial split in the vote.
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Man just misses DUI crash hat-trick
A 54-year-old Washington state man was arrested after police say he crashed two cars while intoxicated, then got in his tow truck and tried to move the vehicles. The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office said the man crashed his truck into a utility pole Monday night, abandoned that vehicle and got in his wife's Volkswagen but crashed that car into a guardrail. He then got his privately owned tow truck and tried to tow the vehicles, even with a bloodied forehead. Tommy Ryser, the Bellingham Herald reported, was booked in jail on three counts of driving under the influence.
Saggy pants show more than, well …
The Minnesota Court of Appeals says pulling up the saggy pants of a crime suspect is not an illegal search, even if it turns up a gun. The ruling Tuesday came in a case that arose after a drug suspect was stopped by St. Paul police officers. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the man's jeans fell down when he put his hands up, prompting an officer to hoist them up. In the process, the officer found a gun. The man was sentenced to five years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm. His attorney appealed, arguing the gun was found in an illegal search. The court said the officer hoisted the pants "to conceal rather than to reveal."
Garden gnomes hit Montana trail
Out West, there is a lot of crime involving garden ornaments. Last week there was an illegal roundup of gnomes in Wyoming. Now there is a report in the Independent Record that Helena, Mont., police are looking for the homes of 10 wayward gnomes found on a Mount Helena trail. Police Chief Troy McGee said the gnomes were found Monday on a hiking trail on the city's south side. The gnomes are believed to be stolen, but no one has reported any missing.
Compiled from Times wires and other sources.