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January 12, 1988

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A man in this Panhandle city was surprised when the hubcap stolen from his car nine months ago was returned, along with a note from the thief saying it wasn’t needed anymore.

″THANKS FOR LETTING ME ‘BORROW’ THIS. I TOTALLED MY M-C, SO YOU CAN HAVE IT BACK. SIGN ME ’MONTE C. CARLO,″ read the note under the hubcap, placed Monday near the front right wheel from which it had been taken.

Lester Grout, who works for an area plumbing firm, said he never had replaced the $20 hubcap.

″I hope he got his use out of it, but I’m happy he brought it back. I was having trouble finding another one,″ Grout said. ″I don’t think it was a joke, though. This guy was probably telling the truth.″

Grout said his next car would be the kind with hubcaps that don’t come off.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A county supervisor, boasting that roads in his district are pothole-free, has offered a reward to anyone who finds a hole in the pavement: $1. And, he’ll even pay it out of his own pocket.

″The job of a county supervisor is to keep the roads open, and I take special pride to see my streets are paved and free of potholes,″ Kenneth Hahn said at a news conference Monday.

Hahn said he was convinced the 387 miles of county-controlled road in his district were unblemished.

The reward offer covers unincorporated areas that Hahn says comprise 50 percent of his Los Angeles County district, and expires Feb. 15.

The supervisor said he wanted to motivate the county Department of Public Works into making sure roads are free of potholes.

″He wants to put his money where his mouth is,″ said Hahn aide Dan Wolf.

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SEATTLE (AP) - A doctor who baked cookies in Vietnam to relieve stress and boredom has opened a new bakery that turns out 8,400 low-sugar, high-fiber cookies an hour.

Dr. Marvin Wayne, director of emergency medical services at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bellingham, said he worked as a baker while a student and baked cookies in Vietnam when he wasn’t treating the wounded.

Back home, Wayne kept making cookies. He gave them to friends and people he met on airliners and at meetings.

One of those people was Dr. Stephen Yarnall, an Edmonds cardiologist Wayne met at a convention in Hawaii in 1986. Together they developed Dr. Cookie Gourmet Cookies.

The two opened a bakery in Edmonds that turned out about 30,000 cookies a week. With demand growing to 200,000 cookies or more per order, the company soon outgrew the bakery and last week moved to a new facility near Bothell, like Edmonds a suburb of Seattle.

Each cookie has about 120 calories, and is low in salt, cholesterol and fat.They come in chocolate chip, chocolate chip walnut, chocolate chip walnut raisin, walnut raisin and pineapple coconut.

″Not everyone likes them, but the people who do like them like them because they are chewy and moist,″ Yarnall said. ″People who like sugar don’t like them.″

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