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February 2, 1989

CLIO, Mich. (AP) _ If you didn’t know that today is National No Talk Day, you’re not alone. The third-grade teacher who founded the holiday doesn’t talk much about it.

Marilyn Bachelor came up with the idea for the annual bit of peace and quiet 13 years ago.

″It was a dull time and I wanted to do something to bring my students to life, to give them a challenge,″ she recalled. So she told her class at Garner Elementary School to write notes and play charades for one entire day, except during recess.

Celebrated on the first Thursday in February, the holiday is likely to be overshadowed this year by a better-known holiday, Groundhog Day.

But No Talk Day probably would be unheard of outside Bachelor’s classroom were it not for Chase’s Annual Events, a reference book that keeps track of thousands of holidays, including oddball events such as No Talk Day.

One of Bachelor’s students about four years ago was a grandson of William and Helen Chase, the book’s founders, who agreed to add National No Talk Day to the likes of National Blame Someone Else Day and National Goof Off Day.

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - When Tim Haggerty’s principles are at stake, money is no object.

The Pompano Beach man has spent ″way, way past five figures,″ exhausted his life savings and taken out a $10,000 loan in an eight-year legal fight over his mailbox.

Not just any mailbox. Haggerty’s is 22-feet tall and made of junk metal.

The city ordered it removed from the end of his driveway as a traffic and safety hazard, and the 4th District Court of Appeals in West Palm Beach upheld the city’s position.

Haggerty now has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

″I’m fighting for principles and my principles aren’t for sale,″ he said.

He contends the city shouldn’t have the power to regulate his choice of a tall mailbox just as it should not interfere with his decision to have a motorcycle or dog.

″Where do you draw the line?″ he asked.

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HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - Nobody noticed that flags were disappearing from Hackensack until police spotted two college fraternity brothers at the top of a flagpole.

″We didn’t know flags were being stolen,″ police Capt. Emil Canestrino said Wednesday as he announced the recovery of 10 stolen flags.

The detectives’ big break came Saturday, when two Zeta Beta Tau fraternity members were found up a pole. With them were flags from the Bergen County Vocational-Technical School and Bogota High School.

″After they were arrested, we said we would like to get some flags back, that it might be to everyone’s benefit,″ Canestrino said. That led several fraternity brothers to return a batch of stolen flags, including three from Hackensack’s Court Plaza and - by accident - three of the fraternity’s own flags.

That left the investigators with just one more task: matching flags to their poles.

Four of the flags haven’t been claimed, so police sent out notices to likely owners to see if they are missing a flag.

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