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April 22, 1987

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ University of Dayton seniors don’t throw away those depressing job rejections; instead, they save them up for the one night a year when the letters are worth something.

Loser’s Night at Flanagan’s Pub, a campus hangout, provides those with little to cheer about to cry into their beers - for free.

″It makes you feel better. When you’re rejected, you’re really down. But this at least rewards you,″ Stephanie Talmadge, a dietetics major who has yet to land a hospital internship, said Tuesday night.

″You know everyone else is in the same boat as you,″ said Theresa Steltzer, 21, a marketing major who brought her seven rejection letters.

Tavern owner Pat Flanagan limits Loser’s Night to four letters and four free beers per student.

He said he started the tradition 11 years ago when he opened the bar and one of his employees, a former Dayton student, was thinking about the plight of his friends without jobs.

″He said everyone gets these rejection letters. Why don’t we buy them a draft beer? I said I’d buy the beer and that’s how it got started,″ Flanagan said.

Flanagan estimated about 500 students show up - about half of the senior class.


AURORA, Colo. (AP) - It was the ″Terrible Twos″ times five as the Miller quintuplets celebrated their second birthday.

Joseph, Michael, Tyler, Mallory and Timothy blew out both candles on the green alligator cake as their mother, Kathy Miller, remarked, ″It’s been chaos.″

The Miller quints, who began their birthday celebration Tuesday for the benefit of photographers and reporters crowded into the Aurora Birth Center, were delivered minutes apart on April 22, 1985.

″Tyler is the bruiser of the bunch,″ his mother said. ″He’s very physical, hitting and punching. He needs an older brother or sister - someone bigger - to take on.″

Joe is the comedian. Michael is the gentleman, Tim is the bookworm. And Mallory, the only girl, is mother’s little helper, she said.

Despite two years of diapers, bottles and lack of sleep, Mrs. Miller said she wouldn’t mind having one more baby, ″just to see what having one feels like.″


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - It was enough that Texans coveted New Mexico’s water and tried to take over its claim to chili, but to deny Sheriff Pat Garrett’s claim to fame as the killer of Billy the Kid - them’s fighting words, say officials here.

Upset at Texans’ claim that Billy died there of natural causes, not in the New Mexico showdown, Dona Ana County commissioners asked New Mexico’s governor to ″declare war″ on the Lone Star State.

The town of Hico, Texas, last week erected a monument to a man who claimed to be the famous outlaw. Hico residents said they have evidence showing the famed outlaw was not killed in 1881, and that he spent the last years of his life in Hico as Ollie L. ″Brushy Bill″ Roberts.

New Mexico residents stick to the story that Sheriff Garrett gunned down Billy in 1881.

By acknowledging the claims of Roberts, Hico residents are calling Garrett a liar, Commissioner Jay Berger said Tuesday.

″No retaliation for this despicable act is too great,″ the commissioners said in a letter to Gov. Garrey Carruthers. ″We respectfully request you declare war on Texas. ... Or the least you can do is not accept any telephone calls from Texans.″

Aides said the governor would take the commission’s request under consideration.

″Apparently the reputation and honor of one of our most esteemed ancestors, one Sheriff Pat Garrett, has been blasphemed by those craven neighbors to the southeast in Hico, Texas,″ the commissioners’ letter said.

″It is not enough that they covet our water or usurp our pre-eminence in the preparation of chili, but now those dastardly cowards seek to steal our heritage by allowing our forefather to be called a liar, a prevaricator and a pseudologue.″

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