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October 31, 1986

CHICAGO (AP) _ At 54 feet, it was billed as ″The World’s Longest Chili Dog,″ and patrons of Choice’s Bar & Grill pledged up to $60 a foot to charity for a chance to sample the lengthy link.

″This is a real Chicago event,″ said proprietor Rick Asta. ″Chicago is the chili dog capital.″

The hot dog was cooked up for the occasion by Vienna Sausage Manufacturing Co.

″The production guys stayed up all night to make it right,″ said Jim McGuire, a Vienna official.

It was placed on a 45-foot long bun delivered by tractor-trailer truck. A window in the vestibule of Choice’s had to be removed to get the bun inside.

Topped with 15 pounds of chili, it was placed in a tray resembling a house gutter and perched on the tavern’s 35-foot-long wooden bar.

Miss Chicago, Jan Murray, cut the ceremonial first piece, and customers began digging in, with the proceeds going to the Leukemia Society of America.

″This is absolutely the best chili dog I’ve ever had,″ said Walt Hudson, who pledged $15 for his foot.

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Grass-roots democracy is alive and well at Irving Elementary School, where a playground petition drive led to a vote to return chocolate milk to school lunch menus.

The student advisory council crammed into Principal Jim Brown’s office Wednesday and voted 9-0 for chocolate milk starting next week.

Brown said he started the student advisory council last year, because ″the concept seemed good to me″ and because parents and students need to be involved in making decisions.

Third-grader Jesse Coil, 8, took that to heart and began his chocolate milk petition drive at the start of the school year.

″I guess the inevitable happened. The kids recommended having chocolate milk on the menu every day,″ says Brown.

Brown had banned chocolate milk two years ago for health reasons on the advice of the school’s menu planner. But medical experts called in for a discussion of the issue last week offered no arguments why chocolate milk is any less healthy for kids’ bodies and teeth than plain milk.

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Someone keeps undressing the statue in the San Mateo County Hall of Justice and Records.

The nude male sculpture entitled ″The Sleepwalker″ drew complaints when it was first unveiled. Some county officials said the artwork might interfere with programs on sexual harassment and asked the county Arts Council to cover it.

The artist, Bill Iaculla of Palo Alto, reluctantly complied and fashioned a loincloth out of the handcast paper he used for the sculpture. But the covering disappeared over the weekend.

A prankster then placed a paper pumpkin over a vital area of the statue. But that soon disappeared as well.

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