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March 4, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Yogi Bear may be the terror of Jellystone Park picnickers, but he’s the darling of city school officials who want to make sure children know about earthquakes.

A million colorful booklets featuring the popular cartoon character, with such titles as ″Yogi’s Bear Facts About Earthquakes,″ have been distributed to Los Angeles schoolchildren, and he’s also the star of a video shown in schools.

After the booklets were mentioned in a national children’s magazine, requests started pouring in from across the country.

″I’m in the first grade. I want to please have a copy of Yogi Bear’s Book on Earthquakes and what to do in case of one. Thank you for your time. Say hello to Boo Boo,″ wrote Cathy Mullin of Troy, N.Y.

Hanna-Barbera, creator of the Yogi cartoons, agreed 3 1/2 years ago to make Jellystone Park’s biggest thief of picnic baskets the ″spokesbear″ in the city’s effort to reach schoolchildren, said Margaree Klein, press secretary for Councilman Hal Bernson.

″They don’t listen to me when I make presentations,″ she said. ″Yogi is kind of happy-go-lucky, ‘smarter than the average bear.’ When Yogi says it, they believe it.″

Bernson’s office doesn’t have the extra staff or budget to handle the mail requests, but is trying to meet the requests ″since it’s children,″ she said.


PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Too many toilets being flushed at once may be responsible for a rash of false fire alarms at City Hall, one official speculates.

″It seems to go off every Monday and Friday,″ Deputy City Manager Ed Hinkle said Monday.

A pressure sensor in a pipe that supplies water for the fire sprinkler system apparently has been malfunctioning, Building Inspections Supervisor Don Roberts said. If enough toilets are flushed at one time, the pressure in the line fluctuates, setting off the sensor, he theorized.

When the alarm goes off, everyone in the seven-story building must leave via the stairs, because the elevators automatically shut off.

Inspectors are looking for the offending sensor, hoping a little maintenance - or a trip to the scrap heap - will solve the problem.

″It hasn’t happened in a couple of days,″ Hinkle said. ″But hang around.″


WALNUT PARK, Calif. (AP) - Lorita the parrot is back on her perch after being stolen five months ago, and she’s swearing like a swabbie.

How did police know it was the same 17-year-old yellow-naped Amazon that disappeared last year from a home in Walnut Park?

″I said her name, and she said her name back,″ Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Mike Bornman said. ″She’s home cussing like a sailor now.″

The bird was found in the possession of a man who said he bought her shortly after the theft for only $100. The bird is worth $1,500, Bornman said.

He said she changed hands an estimated three times since the theft.

Five other exotic birds were stolen from homes in the area about the same time last year. Lorita was the orneriest and so far the only one recovered, Bornman said.

Lorita, owned by Bill Handlin, is notorious for biting fingers.

On her way home in the patrol car Tuesday, Bornman said, she was ″flying around in the back seat ... biting and screaming and yelling.″

She tried to attack his partner, he said Wednesday, but the officer got away. But when Lorita saw Cora Warehime, Handlin’s mother, ″it’s all lovey- dovey and kissing her cheek,″ the officer said.

″I thought I’d never see her again,″ Ms. Warehime said.

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