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LOOSE LIZARD

SAN DIEGO (AP) — People in San Diego are being advised that if they see Bubbles, don’t touch Bubbles — and not because Bubbles might burst. The “Bubbles” in this case — isn’t they, but it: a 35-pound lizard that went missing this past Sunday. Bubbles the lizard was last seen Sunday at a pet store in Spring Valley, California, before the critter wriggled free from a cage and made it out of the store. Shop owner Mike Estevez says the five and a half foot long reptile is used to being around people and often wanders around the place. But it’s a carnivore — and Estevez advises anyone who comes across Bubbles not to try grabbing it.

BEER SPILLS ON HIGHWAY

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — This gives new meaning to the phrase “one for the road.” The road that runs through the Florida Panhandle ended with a lot more than one on it — after a tractor-trailer carrying beer spilled its load onto Interstate 10. The Florida Highway Patrol says a driver failed to maintain his lane, resulting in the truck running into the shoulder of the road before overturning. Troopers say about 60,000 pounds of beer ended up being spilled. .

RING FOUND AFTER 50 YEARS

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Ever see someone wandering around a neighborhood with a metal detector — and wonder whether people like that ever find anything worthwhile? Wonder no more. A south Alabama woman says her searching turned up a class ring that belonged to a Tennessee surgeon — a ring that was lost a half century ago. AI.com reports Barbara Burgess found the ring of Dr. Stephen R. Sheppard, who graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1970. The ring was found in front of a home in Mobile, Alabama — about four inches in the dirt. Sheppard lost the ring about 50 years ago, while attending medical school and living at the house where the ring was found. Burgess and Sheppard have met and she returned the ring.

BARBIE MAKERS SUED OVER FRIDA MODEL

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Barbie may end up being sued. To be exact, the company that makes it is in a legal dispute over one of the Barbie dolls created as part of its Inspiring Women series. The doll in question is of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo — but some relatives of hers aren’t crazy about the plaything. For example, Kahlo’s great-niece says Mattel doesn’t have the rights to use Kahlo’s image. Another relative is complaining the doll doesn’t have its namesake’s heavy, close-to-a-uni-brow eyebrows — and isn’t sporting her traditional style of dress. A lawyer for Mattel says it worked with the corporation that it says owns the rights to Kahlo’s likeness and image — and purchased them about a decade ago.

SNOW AND SKIERS

DOVER, Vt. (AP) — The northeastern U.S. has been hit by a series of snowstorms this winter. That’s bad news for those who have to travel in the region. But the falling flakes are a godsend to people who like to ski — and the people who make a living off people who do. The wintry conditions have created the kind of ideal skiing conditions snow lovers are more used to finding in places like Colorado. For example, the Mount Snow resort in Dover, Vermont has already received 31 inches — with more expected. Officials at the resort say the heavy, wet snow that fell last week provided a good base, while the snow that has followed this week should make it possible for Mount Snow to have solid skiing through mid-April.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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