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February 18, 1989

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) _ A sign stolen a half-century ago by students from Princeton University’s Class of ’37 was returned to its rightful owner during a ceremony Saturday.

″It’s been kept within the class,″ said Nelson Zager, keeper of The Nassau Inn. ″They knew where the sign was, they knew who took the sign but said nothing.″

The hand-painted, 2-by-15 foot wooden sign, which graced the original hotel for decades, was removed as a prank by several class members in 1937, Zager said.

After graduation, responsibility for the sign fell to whichever classmate had a spare wall or decent storage space. For example, during the war the black-and-gold sign was stored in a coal bin in Brooklyn, N.Y.

″It feels great,″ Zager said about the sign’s return. ″We’re going to be putting the sign over the front door of our inn where it used to be.″

The Inn, located across the street from the university, was an integral part of the lives of those who took the sign, Zager said.

″They learned how to drink beer in our tap room. ... They wanted to preserve their memories,″ he said.

The sign - well attached this time - should be in place in front of the 200-year-old inn by the end of the week, Zager said. ″It’ll be secured to the building well enough this time so it won’t be a tradition to take our signs,″ he said.

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - There’ll probably be a line of people who want to fish with Fred Casados.

The Fort Worth resident hauled in a 13-pound, 9-ounce largemouth bass on Thursday at Lake Fork in northeast Texas.

Casados then went back out with a fishing buddy, Hunter Chism of Pampa, to show him how he had done it. Chism pulled in a 13-pounder of his own.

Both catches came in about 5 feet of water, but at different locations.

The men donated their huge fish to be used for spawning in the state’s Lone Star Share A Lunker Program at the Tyler state fish hatchery.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - They’re dancing away the hours - and hours, and hours, and hours - at Penn State University this weekend as students trade schoolbooks for sore feet in an effort to raise money to fight cancer.

″We throw the event and hope we can raise one more dollar than last year,″ said James Marino, a spokesman for Penn State’s Interfraternity Dance Marathon.

The 48-hour affair attracted 270 couples who began dancing at 7 p.m. Friday to support the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Four Diamonds Fund. Children with cancer were invited to dance alongside the students.

Billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the nation, the dance marathon raised $324,199 in pledges and donations last year and has raised $1.8 million in 12 years for the fund.

″Everybody pulls together and somehow it comes off every year,″ said Marino, a sophomore from Hauppauge, N.Y. ″It’s relatively crazy. You run into last-minute things that happen every year.″

Money collected from the dance marathon pays 64 percent of the fund’s budget, said Catherine Hales, associate director of development at the medical center. The money goes to childhood cancer research and treatment.

Kathy Wonders, a 21-year-old senior from Apollo, was participating in her second marathon.

″You get a very emotional high. That’s why I’m coming back this year - to see all the good you’re doing for the kids,″ she said.

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