MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The state Senate voted to designate the cranberry muffin the state muffin, then showed fourth-grade pupils who proposed the idea how difficult politics can be.

A senator who said he had little taste for the idea added an amendment likely to make the measure unpalatable to Gov. Tommy G. Thompson. The amendment, approved Friday night on a voice vote by bemused senators, would designate the Egg McMuffin the state breakfast muffin and the ragamuffin the state's child muffin.

Sen. Mordecai Lee sponsored the amendment after calling the cranberry- muffin campaign was a waste of legislative time. The Legislature then adjourned its winter session early Saturday without Lee's amendment being considered by the Assembly.

The bill, introduced last year at the request of a class from Merrill that traveled to the Capitol as a class project to lobby, was left in limbo.


JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - No knees is bad news, say eight male students who wore miniskirts to protest a ban on shorts.

''I would like to know what is wrong with the boys' knees?'' said Alicia Williams, mother of Kennith Miller, sent home from Jacksonville High School on Friday along with classmates who wore miniskirts with hems a few inches above their knees.

''And why are they enforcing the dress code (on boys) when girls can wear skirts up to their (hips)?'' she continued. ''If girls can show their legs, why can't boys?''

Principal James Johnson said the school's dress code allows skirts, but bars shorts and halter tops. He said he sends home any girl who wears a miniskirt that is too short or revealing, but that he has bent the rules by allowing male students to wear ''jams,'' or shorts that end below the knees.

Ms. Williams said the style nowadays is to wear jams at knee level or a little above.

The boys said they thought their protest was a humorous way to make a point.

''I don't find it humorous at all,'' Johnson said. ''They were interfering with the educational process ... parading around and disrupting classes.''

Johnson said the protest hurt his feelings. The boys should have talked to him about the problem before wearing skirts to school, he said.


WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The producers of the action-adventure movie ''Burning Vengeance'' wore their low-budget label proudly as they arrived here for the world premiere.

Ron and Susana Ross showed up at Jake's Theater in a horse-drawn carriage, which rents by the hour in this historic coastal city. It carried a home-made sign calling it the ''R.S.R. Productions Executive Limo.''

''We're just going to have some fun with this,'' Mrs. Ross said.

The line outside the theater Friday night was a fashion hodge-podge of tuxedos and tennis shoes, sequins and sweatpants.

The 80 local actors and technicians who filmed the movie in Wilmington last November were treated to a dinner with entrees labeled ''''Burning Vengeance' Blackened Snapper'' and ''Flaming Ron Ross Tempura Shrimp Platter.''

Before the lights went down, the Rosses presented Golden Pentz Awards - named in honor of the film's star, Robert Pentz of Carolina Beach.

Categories included ''Best Actor with Ability to Grunt in Three Languages While Being Choked to Death'' and ''Best Performance by an Actor Wearing Tight Jeans Without Appearing to be in Pain.''

''The main criteria for winning the Golden Pentz is how cheaply you said you'd work on the next picture,'' said Ross, who filmed ''Burning Vengeance'' for $350,000.