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NO WOOF, WOOF

Cocaine passes right under their noses

Guyana is having a hard time halting airport shipments of cocaine from the South American nation. Officials even know why: The police's canines are too old or not skilled enough to detect drugs stuffed inside suitcases. "The record shows they are not making many cases," Chief Henry Greene lamented Monday. The dogs were fingered after U.S. officials noticed that a large number of cocaine-filled suitcases from Guyana were being intercepted in American cities. Now Greene is preparing to buy and train new sniffer dogs. In fairness to the two Labradors and the German shepherd being fired, they never got to smell cocaine during training. Their handler, Maurice Smith, said the government apparently feared the drugs would be stolen.

SEEING DOUBLE

Enough twins to count as a record

Folks in Twinsburg, Ohio, were probably thrilled about a couple of graduation ceremonies at Upstate New York high schools over the weekend. Twelve sets of twins, nine of which are above, graduated from Baker High School in Baldwinsville on Sunday, the same day seven sets of twins received their diplomas during ceremonies at nearby Jamesville-DeWitt High School in the Syracuse area. Representatives from Guinness World Records say Baker High's graduating class with 12 sets of twins breaks the previous record of 10, set by a Massachusetts high school in 2007. Naturally, principal Joseph DeBarbieri is a twin.

ROBBER STRIKES AGAIN

Do geezers really move that fast?

This is not a Hollywood script: A California bank robber known as the "Geezer Bandit" is being pursued by the FBI and cheered on by fans on Facebook pages. After striking 10 times in San Diego County since August, he ventured into neighboring Riverside County last week. Police were called to a Bank of America branch there after an apparently elderly man with a small handgun gave a teller a note demanding money, the Press-Enterprise reported. By the time they arrived, he was gone. There's speculation that the Geezer Bandit is really a younger person wearing a disguise. How else to explain those fast getaways?

MISTAKEN IDENTITY

Hunt for wild bird misses the target

Wisconsin wild turkeys can be expensive, even costing up to $263. Paul DeLong, the state chief forester, paid that much in a fine and apologized after shooting a hen turkey out of season in Richland County. DeLong, who turned himself in for his error, said he thought it was a male bird that could be shot legally. "As a hunter, I made a mistake," he said.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

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