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Sam, the cigarette-smoking, beer-swilling chimp, has left his favori

January 14, 1997

FOSTER, Ohio (AP) _ Sam, the cigarette-smoking, beer-swilling chimp, has left his favorite watering hole.

A longtime resident of a concrete cage next to the Train Stop Inn, Sam was forced out because the town plans to use his former home as a site for public restrooms.

Kenny Harris, who owns Sam and the tavern, would not say where he sent the 4-foot, 140-pound chimp.

``He’s in good hands,″ Harris said.

Sam, 25, spent his youth in a traveling side show. He eventually found a home with Harris outside the inn, where customers marveled at his ability to drink beer and smoke cigarettes.

Litty Cornett, a longtime neighbor, said she would miss Sam.

``Everybody loves Sam,″ she said, recalling his fondness for peanut butter sandwiches, apples and watermelon. ``He ate everything.″


BOSTON (AP) _ The governors of Massachusetts and Wisconsin have made their Super Bowl bets.

Massachusetts Gov. William Weld put 31 Boston cream pies and 31 roast turkeys on his New England Patriots.

Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is wagering 31 wheels of cheese and 31 pounds of bratwurst on his Green Bay Packers.

The friendly wager between the two governors is based on this being the 31st Super Bowl.

Weld joked with Thompson that the game between the Patriots, coached by Bill ``The Tuna″ Parcells, and Green Bay, cheered on by the loyal ``cheeseheads,″ would be a ``Tuna Melt, with the tuna on top.″

Green Bay’s victory over the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship netted Thompson T-bones from North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt and barbecue from South Carolina Gov. David Beasley.

Thompson said he was hoping Weld would put up some lobsters so he could put together a surf and turf platter.


NORTHFIELD, N.H. (AP) _ This town’s favorite flamingos have disappeared, and police are positive they did not fly south for the winter.

Two plastic pink flamingos that for the past three years have appeared in the spring on a small bit of wetland, only to disappear when winter arrived, left a little early last year.

``I have an idea of who has one of them,″ Police Chief Scott Hilliard said. ``We’re keeping a close eye to see if it turns up on someone’s lawn.″

Evidence gathered at the flamingos’ normal nesting spot has pointed to a suspect, Hilliard said.

The selectmen were so distraught they unanimously passed a resolution last month naming the birds’ summer home the Northfield Artificial Wildlife Preserve.

The resolution forbids anyone from trying to ``capture″ artificial wildlife within the preserve without a permit from the Society for the Preservation of Artificial Wildlife.

``There is some hope they might come back on their own,″ said Town Clerk Eliza Conde.

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