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July 16, 1987

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A brown pelican grounded by an injury has taken it on the wing.

The bird, one of four wild pelicans brought here last week from Florida to recuperate from injuries, hopped a fence at Audubon Zoo and apparently returned to the wild, zoo bird curator Peter Shannon said Wednesday.

Zoo officials said they had been assured the bird, which had an injured wing, couldn’t fly. ″He flapped his wings and - lo and behold - like Peter Pan, he could fly,″ said Audubon spokeswoman Karen Asis.

The two female and two male brown pelicans - Louisiana’s official state bird - were rehabilitated at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary at Indian Shores, Fla., and were recuperating here before being returned to the wild.

They were the first brown pelicans shown at Audubon Park in seven years.

Shannon said the pelican probably headed for the Gulf of Mexico and probably would survive since it was born and lived in the wild.

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LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) - A fun-with-fungi weekend opened here today as members of the National American Mycological Association gathered for their annual meeting and mushroom hunt.

The association, which includes more than 175 professional and amateur mushroom mavens, selected this muggy Gulf Coast town for the site of its 1987 meeting because of its mushroom-growing potential.

″There are over 4,000 species of mushrooms. Many occur down here,″ said Clark Ovrebo, a mycologist, or mushroom expert, from Tulane University.

The fungi fanciers planned to slog through swampland for samples.

″There’s always a challenge of a new record, a new report,″ Ovrebo said. ″Some of the thrill is finding the biggest one, the rarest one.″

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Some lottery winners hire a chauffeur to take them to pick up their money. William H. Spreen Jr. rented a bus.

Spreen, 44, of Oceanport, hired an air-conditioned motorcoach and its driver so that nearly two dozen friends, relatives and co-workers could help him celebrate his good fortune Wednesday when he claimed his $6 million prize.

The gang ate finger sandwiches on the way to Trenton and planned to drink champagne on the return trip.

″These people have stayed with me through the hard times. Now is the time to reward them in the good times,″ the liquor store manager said as he collected the first of 20 annual installments at the Statehouse.

Spreen said he hopes to treat his 79-year-old mother to a trip to Germany, where his father was born, and said he already has bought one item on his wish list, a power mower.

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