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June 28, 1989

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) _ The Batman family feels this town has too many jokers.

James F. Batman said Wednesday the blockbuster movie featuring the caped crusader has kept his family awake nights with phone calls from fans of the comic-book crime fighter.

Batman, owner of Batman Trophies, says he and his wife haven’t got so much attention - or so little sleep - since the Batman television series in the 1960s.

″It’s usually kids, but sometimes it’s guys at the plant without enough to do,″ he said.

″We just all go along with it, every once you get a kid who wants to meet the real Batman and it’s nice.″

Batman says he also attracts attention when he goes on the road for business.

″A few years ago I arrived at a Holiday Inn and the sign outside said ’Sleep safe tonight. Batman is here,‴ he said in a Batphone interview.

″My grandson’s name is Bruce Batman. He’s a freshman at Transylvania University in Kentucky, so he gets more than his share of mileage out of it.″

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - File this news item under P, for politicians pondering plastic packaging and promptly practicing their purchasing policies:

Mayor Tom Volgy and City Council members Janet Marcus and Sharon Hekman all showed up with ceramic mugs for Monday’s council study session.

In the meeting that followed, the council unanimously rejected future purchases of plastic foam cups that aren’t biodegradable in favor of paper ones that are.

The stack of foam cups on a nearby table when the meeting began was taken away without comment midway through the meeting. Paper ones with brown and white stripes appeared in their place.

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