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THERE'S NO SPORT IN BAGGING DEER IN HEADLIGHTS

ANIMAL MAGNETISM

In Vermont, don't drive out to the middle of a field to hit a deer, because it might be fake. Actually, we're not sure that's the best reason, but it's certainly on the list. Ask Joseph Clark, who faces time in jail for doing it. According to the Burlington Free Press, Clark was driving home with his girlfriend and 4-month-old daughter when he saw a deer in the field. So he drove over, just to "bump it," he said. "I wouldn't speculate on why somebody might drive into a deer," said game warden Dennis Amsden. "I know it's not what most of us would do." Wardens set the fake deer up as part of a sting to catch people illegally hunting. Clark is charged with deer jacking.

Researchers never saw 'The Graduate'

After much research, scientists have determined something fascinating: male chimps dig older chicks. According to data collected from 1996 to 2003 in Uganda, the males find older females more attractive, choosing them as mates more often, and fight over them more often. Researchers saw this as a super-important deviation in evolution between chimps and humans. "Multiple lines of evidence indicate that unlike humans, female chimpanzees become more sexually attractive with age," the researchers blithely state as fact in the Nov. 21 issue of Current Biology.

GIVE WREATHS A CHANCE

Peace? During the holidays? Bah.

Bill Trimarco and Lisa Jensen of Pagosa Springs, Colo., swear they weren't making any statement about Iraq when they put up a big wreath with a peace sign in it. "Peace is way bigger than not being at war," Jensen said. "This is a spiritual thing." But, boy, does that swath of pine have homeowners association president Bob Kearns all annoyed. He says residents - as many as three or four - are complaining about it. So he's fining them $25 per day until they take it down. Jensen figures it'll cost about $1,000 to keep it up through Christmas, and doubts they can make her pay. "Now that it has come to this, I feel I can't get bullied."

SPIRIT OF GIVING

Robin Hood storms NYC without a bow

You see a lot of weird stuff in New York City. Take a recent day in Washington Square when three guys dressed as Robin Hood and Little John started heaving $1 and $5 bills into a crowd. The scene: imagine a bunch of birds and a person with bread crumbs. The men, who call themselves "modern-day Robin Hoods," ensure that they did not steal from the rich, but are businessmen who want to give something back. So they gave back about $4,000. Now they are planning a giveaway in London. "We're just trying to make people be nice to each other again," said Oliver Flood, one of the Hoods. "It's such a rush."

Compiled from Times wires and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster.

THIS JUST IN

"According to our latest intelligence, Osama bin Laden is losing his influence and power. I didn't know he was a Republican."

Jay Leno, Tonight Show host.

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