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April 22, 1997

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ In this beauty contest, being bowlegged and wrinkled is a must and slobbering is preferred.

The winner of the Drake Bulldog Beauty Contest on Monday was Sadie, the 3-year-old pride of Steve and Becky Baker of Indianola. Sadie beat out 48 other bulldogs from as far away as Madison, Wis.

Sadie becomes the official mascot for the Drake Relays, an annual track event which begins Friday. Drake University’s mascot is the bulldog.

The victory is old hat for the Bakers, who have had two other bulldogs win the beauty contest _ Deuce in 1989 and Brooks in 1991.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Three children have been accused of breaking into an elementary school and stealing alphabet flash cards and a hole punch.

The youngsters, ages 7 to 10, were arrested Sunday after police said they broke into Arbor Hill Elementary School and set off the fire alarm. They will have to appear in court.

Authorities couldn’t say what the children’s motives were. The school was closed for spring break.

A Better Choice, a group which provides grants for underprivileged children to attend private schools, announced Monday that it would donate alphabet flash cards to the school.

``Students should not have to resort to stealing alphabet flash cards to supplement their education,″ spokesman Tom Carroll said.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) _ Coke is officially the real thing in Ocean City.

The City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to enter into a $1 million contract with Coca-Cola Corp. to make soda the town’s official soft drink.

Coca-Cola promised the money over five years in return for exclusive sales rights at places like Town Hall, the convention center and events. Town revenues are flat and leaders are looking to balance the budget without raising taxes.

Councilman Vince Gisriel, who has long opposed the deal, cast the lone dissenting vote.

``What is next, only one brand of candy bar to be sold on city property?″ Gisriel said before the vote. ``Will we next have the official cereal of Ocean City, or the official athletic shoe?″

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Are they getting older in West Virginia?

The median age of the state’s 1.8 million residents was 37.7 years as of July 1996. That makes residents of the Wild and Wonderful state the oldest in the nation, edging Florida’s 37.6 years, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday. The median age means half the population is older and half is younger.

The federal figures showed West Virginians aged 25 to 44 comprised the largest group of residents last July, at 516,683.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ For nearly two years, the license plate ``2 DYKES″ Alice Deighan and her partner chose sparked only minor problems.

They had obscenities shouted at them once and Ms. Deighan received a hate letter at work.

More recently, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles canceled the plate after a motorist complained. The women, who are lesbians, received a form letter saying, ``this license plate was issued to you in error because it can be interpreted in a way which would make it obscene, profane or vulgar.″

Ms. Deighan, 34, and Scout, her 31-year-old partner who changed her legal name to the single word, disagree.

``What they are objecting to is us proclaiming that we are lesbians,″ Scout said Monday.

The two women said they are considering a court challenge. In the meantime, they have applied for a different plate: ``LESBIAN.″

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