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Bright & Brief

December 8, 1988

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Members of Gov. Kay Orr’s staff created pandemonium at her proclamation signing on Thursday when they presented her with 25 stuffed bears.

Instead of exchanging names for Christmas presents this year, the governor’s staff bought stuffed panda bears for the Emergency Medical Services’ Medi-Tedi Ride-Along program, said press aide Doug Parrott.

Health Department spokeswoman Marla Agusutine said the program aims to have a teddy bear in every ambulance and state patrol car in Nebraska. That’ll take 5,000 bears.

″The object is to have a friend at hand whenever a young child has to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance or patrol car,″ Parrott said.

Parrott said state agency heads have decided to give money to the governor for the program instead of buying her gifts this year.


PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Sixth-grader Anna-Rose Mathieson expected better from her school cafeteria.

She began a hot lunch boycott after the school cafeteria advertised her favorite croissant sandwich but served ham and cheese on a hamburger bun.

Mathieson wrote the Palo Alto Unified School District.

″I am writing you in regards to the school lunches,″ she wrote. ″Today was supposed to be a croissant sandwich. That’s my favorite lunch, so I ordered it.

″It turned out to be a hamburger bun, with ham and cheese. Some croissant 3/8

″This is the third or fourth time that has happened this year. I really think it is most unfair. When they say croissant, they should have croissant.

″I’m not going to have hot lunch anymore, unless they get better.″

She’s been boycotting since Oct. 26, and had no plans to stop.

Gerald Schmidt, principal of Juana Briones School, conceded Wednesday that Mathieson knows the difference between a croissant and a burger bun and promised the mix-up won’t happen again.

″I really got fed up with them,″ said Mathieson. ″You never know what you’re having. They say hamburgers. Then you get sloppy Joe’s. I hate sloppy Joe’s.″