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Odds & Ends for February 22

Pot found in pants donated to charity

SUGARCREEK, Pa. (AP) — An act of charity might end badly for one donor to a Pennsylvania Salvation Army outlet.

Sugarcreek Borough police said they were called when workers found a large plastic bag of marijuana among some donated clothes.

Police Chief Matt Carlson suspects the owner of the drugs noticed them missing by now, if only because the bag contained a “substantial quantity” of pot.

Police were working with store employees to determine who donated the clothes and when. Police said the drugs were found earlier this week.

The chief said this isn’t the first time officers investigated an unusual item among donated clothing, saying “we’ve had guns … cash … rings, and now marijuana.”

Finns give reindeer antler makeovers

HELSINKI (AP) — Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover — the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland.

Anne Ollila of the Finnish Reindeer Herder’s Association said the antlers of 20 reindeer were painted with various fluorescent dyes to see how the animals react and whether the paints are resistant to the harsh Arctic climate.

If successful, animals with glittering antlers will be free to roam Lapland — an area in northern Finland where herders tend to some 200,000 reindeer.

Ollila said reflectors and reflective tape proved unsuccessful as reindeer have torn them off. Road signs warning drivers often are stolen by tourists as souvenirs.


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