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July 10, 1985

LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ Arne Jensen and his 10-man crew on the fishing boat Courageous knew they had a big dinner when they caught a 37-pound, 4-ounce lobster off the coast of Cape Cod.

They were hoping they’d snared a record, too.

The lobster, caught on a scalloping trip that ended Monday, could be 185 years old, and was certainly around during the Civil War, said Judy Capuzzo, an associate scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts.

″Lobsters that big are rare, but not unheard of,″ she said.

″We brought him back because we thought he might be close to the Guinness record,″ Jensen said.

But the Guinness Book of World Records lists a 44-pound, 6-ounce lobster caught off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, on Feb. 11, 1977.

And Jensen’s catch won’t go for dinner after all. It is on display in a local fish market and will probably be forwarded to a taxidermist.

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ODESSA, Texas (AP) - A cunning trapper is ridding a park of unwanted prairie dogs, making a little pocket money and perpetuating his reputation as a man who can catch anything.

In fact, Chester Antilley catches prairie dogs barehanded.

″I put water in the holes and, hopefully, get them up near the top,″ Antilley said. ″They’re pretty difficult to catch.″

Although he makes money by selling the animals to zoos and pet lovers, parks department adminstrators say the 55-year-old Clyde resident is doing them a favor.

Sherwood Park has as many as 1,000 prairie dogs, and park officials want more than half of them removed. Athletic leagues complain that baseball and soccer fields and jogging paths are littered with holes dug by dogs who escaped from the two-acre fenced area alloted for them.

Enter Antilley, who also has caught horned toads, owls, hawks and crows.

″It’s hard work,″ he said. ″Sometimes I just quit. In other words, they beat me.″ ---

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) - When it comes to mailing report cards on time, the U.S. Postal Service gets an F.

But give Shelton Postmaster Richard Sutkowski an A for effort in trying to figure out how more than 1,600 report cards mailed here two weeks ago turned up in Oakland, Calif.

″This is definitely not funny,″ Sutkowski said after the cards reappeared in his town on Tuesday. ″We deal with a lot of mail and this is an error. But I can say at the least that this is out of the ordinary.″

Sutkowski said he is working with the post office’s regional director in New Haven to determine how the mail got to California.

A guidance counselor dropped off the 1,651 cards for grades 9 through 12 at the post office on June 27. Last week parents began calling to ask about the cards’ whereabouts. No one had an answer until the cards arrived at the post office Tuesday with other California mail headed for the Shelton area.

Conceivably, not all the students in Shelton rejoiced at the discovery.

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