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February 12, 1986

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ State Rep. Marlin Schneider has been giving police a hard time about not enforcing the law requiring two license plates on vehicles, so it should have been no surprise when he was pulled over for a violation.

″I said, ’Wonderful, they’re finally enforcing the law,‴ Schneider said Tuesday. ″The officer thought I was a smart alec.″

Schneider, co-chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, had helped defeat Gov. Anthony S. Earl’s budget-cutting proposal to issue only one plate per vehicle. A conference committee on which Schneider sat approved more than $260 million in budget cuts last month, but kept the two-plate tradition.

When he bought a new car in Wisconsin Rapids, it had no bracket for a front plate and the dealer promised to order one, he said. Driving through Princeton recently, he was stopped by a police officer who gave him a written warning to install a front plate within 30 days.

The car dealer drilled holes in the front bumper to hold a plate.

″Now I know they’re out there, at least in Princeton,″ he said.


SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - When Britain’s Prince Charles visits next week, he’ll be greeted with a special 90,000-pound Texas-size cake.

The confection is being baked in 20,000 layers and will be assembled by more than 180 people during a two-day period in Austin.

″We’re baking the cakes in aluminum foil pans, following the directions on the Duncan Hines box,″ said L.J. Richter, owner of Colonial Cake Co. ″We don’t make our cakes from mixes, so we didn’t know how it would work.

″So we bought some of the mix at the store to make sure we could do it. We just followed the directions on the back. Everything turned out fine.″

When it is finished, the cake will be cut by Prince Charles and Gov. Mark White at a party Feb. 20 at City Coliseum in Austin. The prince is planning a four-day visit in honor of the Texas Sesquicentennial.

The cake is being created under the supervision of Franz Eichenauer, the current record-holder for the world’s largest cake.

Eichenauer, vice president of the food and beverage division of the Hospitality Management Corp. in Dallas, set the previous record July 4, 1982, with an 81,982-pound confection in Atlantic City, N.J.

Duncan Hines is sponsoring the cake and will provide 31,026 boxes of yellow cake mix. It also will require 93,108 eggs, 10,346 cups of vegetable oil and 38,795 cups of water.

A dozen bakers, 20 pastry chefs and 150 student helpers will take part.

Officials estimate it will take 32 hours to bake the cake and 24 hours to assemble it.

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