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October 17, 1985

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Man cannot live by bread alone but that doesn’t diminish its value. Take the case of a special ″mother dough″ for sourdough bread, which was insured for $1 million and carefully packed into an airplane seat before being flown to San Diego.

Boudin’s Bakery began baking the famous San Franciso sourdough in 1849. The bakers are said to use a portion of the ″mother dough,″ or starter, every day in making new batches.

The company is starting a new operation in San Diego. Elaborate arrangements were made to take a 15-pound piece of the starter there in a strongbox under the watchful eye of company patriarch Steve Giraudo.

The San Diego bakery is expected to bake about 10 percent of Boudin’s bread. The company also has a branch in Chicago.

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - ″Black Spot Disease,″ a mysterious scalp ″epidemic″ that afflicted children in the spring of 1984 was revealed to be nothing more than dirty hair, a health official says.

″The final explanation and diagnosis was that kids get dirt in their hair,″ Natrona County Health Director Nelson Frissell told the Casper-Natrona County Health Board on Wednesday.

A report from the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta identified the dark spots on the scalps of about 1,500 children as kaolinite - ordinary clay, Frissell said.

Health officials believe the spots were flecks of clay stirred up by wind and traffic and deposited on the children’s heads, Frissell said.

The fear about an unknown disease apparently began in March 1984 when a few parents became concerned about the dark spots. Word of their apprehension spread, and soon many parents were discovering similar spots on their children’s heads, Frissell said.

″An inordinate amount of introspection about something that wasn’t there,″ turned the dirt into a major health issue, Frissell said.

The ″epidemic″ peaked in April 1984 and was over in May. The ″cure″: medicated dandruff shampoos.

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) - When a state judge went five months without ruling in a gambling case, the prosecutor resorted to poetry, penning an ode to the seasons that noted the lack of a decision.

District Attorney General Ray Whitley wanted to prompt General Sessions Judge Shelton Hatcher to rule on a case involving possession of two video poker machines allegedly used for gambling, according to court records.

″I thought writing a poem would be a lighthearted way to get him to rule. If he had ruled against it, we could have appealed. And if he ruled in favor, that would have been fine, too,″ Whitley said Wednesday. ″The worst possible situation was for him not to rule at all.″

Last week, another judge finally dismissed the case.

The poem written last year was placed in the court file of defendant B.D. Sorrell, whose case had been taken under advisement by the judge on Jan. 4, 1984.

The poem, titled ″An Ode″ said:

″The beautiful green leaves

have withered and died.

The cold winds

have blown the warmth away.

Old man winter,

with his white blankets of snow,

has now shuffled on off

to let the warm winds blow.

From warmth to cold

to warmth again,

There have been many events

in the affairs of men. Seasons have

changed

and opinions as well. But there’s been

no decision regarding Buck Sorrell.

Treaties are signed, budgets are passed.

Decisions are rough,

But don’t you think

you’ve pondered enough?

People are talking,

and the bets are laid.

‘Why is it the toughest decision the judge ever made?’

We’d welcome a verdict,

whether guilty or not.

But with no ruling at all,

the litigation is shot.

Be cool. Please rule.″

The case was dismissed Oct. 9 by acting judge Bill Vest, at the request of the attorney general’s office.

Hatcher resigned Sept. 24 after a controversy following his dismissal of a drunken driving case.

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