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On The Light Side

July 23, 1987

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) _ A bowling ball rolled into the gutter and still managed to score a strike, but it was against the windshield of a car.

Police were looking Wednesday for the errant bowler who released the ball that was spotted rolling down a steep hill on a city street Tuesday evening.

″It was a real gutter ball,″ said police dispatcher Jay Wicke.

The ball rolled along the curb for about three blocks, crossed East Main Street, hit a curb, bounced about 15 feet into the air and hit the windshield of the parked car, Wicke said.

No one was injured. The nearest bowling alley is about a mile away.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Headwear Institute of America is giving rave reviews to the movie, ″The Untouchables″ - not for the talents of actors potraying Al Capone and Elliott Ness, but for what they wore on their heads.

″We haven’t been this excited over the impact of film on headwear since Harrison Ford″ wore a slouchy fedora in ″Raiders of the Lost Ark,″ institute president Quentin Hatfield said in a statement Wednesday.

The Al Capone and Elliot Ness characters in the film wear wool felt fedoras - Capone the ″center dent,″ Ness the ″pinch front″ - while Ness sidekick Jimmy Malone sports the traditional ″news-boy″ cap.

″One of our members even has the license to manufacture under the name ″The Untouchables,″ said Hatfield, whose organization represents more than 100 hat and cap manufacturers, importers, retailers and wholesalers.

For those who want to pick up a chapeau to resemble a character in the gangster drama, Hatfield reports that the styles will be in retail stores in the fall.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Peacocks at the Henry Doorly Zoo are having their wings clipped to cure their wanderlust and to give emergency dispatch operators a break.

Zoo Director Lee Simmons said Wednesday that the wing-clipping is in response to complaints from zoo neighbors, who’ve called police about stray peacocks at odd hours.

Simmons said the zoo had about 50 peacocks before the spring and now has ″probably up to 75 or 80.″ The problem, he said, stems from young males feuding with older males over territorial rights.

″Some of the younger ones apparently decided to leave and have been trying to migrate. We’ve had crews out rounding them up all over the area around the zoo.″

Simmons said the wing-clipping doesn’t hurt the birds but will keep the humans from going batty.

″I can think of a lot of things more fun than having a call from the 911 (emergency dispatch) operators at 3 a.m. about those peacocks.″

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