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October 19, 1989

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) _ Josef Gingold’s neighbors may never forget his 80th birthday, when the music professor awakes to a lawn crammed with 300 former students bidding him good wishes on violins.

Gingold, a professor emeritus of violin at Indiana University, celebrates his birthday Oct. 30. The former students are coming from around the world to honor him with their rendition of ″Happy Birthday To You.″

The Indiana University Philharmonic will present a gala concert celebration on the night of Gingold’s birthday.

Gingold has been on the Indiana University faculty since 1960 and is credited with helping train thousands of professional string players.

Among his former students have been concertmasters of the Boston Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

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BLAINE, Maine (AP) - Moose mating season can be trying in northern Maine, where lovesick wanderers sometimes bumble into towns, but top honors for getting chin-deep in trouble go to a bull stuck in a septic tank.

The moose, weighing as much as 500 pounds, broke through the cover of the tank at Percy Tompkins’ house Sept. 30 and got trapped inside.

Game wardens tranquilized the moose, hoisted it from the tank and hauled it to the woods for release.

″It smelled bad,″ said one of the rescuers, Gaynol Peary. ″I hope by this time he’s found himself a brook and taken a bath.″