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dog days of summer

Job Applicants vying to drive wienermobile

Think the job market's tough? Try vying for a stint behind the wheel of a Wienermobile. More than 1,000 college seniors from all over the United States have been applying for just 12 spots at Hot Dog High in Madison, Wis., in the hopes of steering one of the Oscar Mayer frankfurter-shaped vehicles. Before entering the broader job market, graduates of the three-week program spend a year criss-crossing the United States in the 27-foot-long Wienermobiles, wishing gawkers a "bun-derful day" and hawking company products. One 23-year-old newbie hotdogger and her 11 classmates took a course in how not to crash the Wienermobile, especially while parking, and were introduced to the vehicle's famous horn, which plays the song Oh, I Wish I Were an Oscar Mayer Wiener.

update: predator

La. law mandates criminal 'status'

A new Louisiana law requires sex offenders and child predators to state their criminal status on their Facebook or other social networking page, with the law's author saying the bill is the first of its kind in the nation. State Rep. Jeff Thompson, a Republican from Bossier City, La., says his new law, effective Aug. 1, will stand up to constitutional challenge because it expands sex offender registration requirements. The law states that a sex offender or child predator "shall include in his profile for the networking website an indication that he is a sex offender or child predator and shall include notice of the crime for which he was convicted, the jurisdiction of conviction, a description of his physical characteristics and his residential address."

Art as menace

Community bans sidewalk chalk

Denver mom Sarah Cohen says drawing sidewalk chalk art is one of her 3-year-old daughter Emerson's simple pleasures in life. However, the homeowner's association in Cohen's neighborhood feels differently. They say Emerson's drawings - usually of hearts and flowers - are distracting and offensive blights on their community. "My initial reaction was, 'You have to be kidding me,'" Cohen said. The association has banned children from drawing on sidewalks, saying anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with peaceful enjoyment is not allowed on shared spaces.

fugitive network

N.J. sheriff's office opens 'Facecrook'

A New Jersey sheriff's office has a new website that's looking for arrests instead of friends. "Facecrook" features the names, photos and last locations of fugitives wanted by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. The site creates a map and users can send anonymous tips to help authorities apprehend those wanted for everything from failure to pay child support to committing murder. Inspector Mickey Bradley says he came up with the idea about a year ago and bought the Facecrook address for $17.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.


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