SUPER BOWL-BRADY AND BUFFALO
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Hey, Buffalo's not so bad. That's the message folks in the western New York city have for Tom Brady. The New England Patriots quarterback says he's sorry for putting down Buffalo hotels. In comments to the media earlier this week, Brady said the hotels in Buffalo are "not the nicest places in the world." One of the top hotels in Buffalo is now offering him a free night's stay to show him he's wrong. The Patriots play the New York Giants in the Super Bowl on Sunday in Indianapolis.
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ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) -- Folks in Ashland, Kentucky, are getting ready for their Souper Bowl -- as in soup. It's a party organized by churches and outreach groups for the city's homeless and disadvantaged. Free food will be offered, then the Super Bowl will be shown on a big screen TV. Organizers tell a local paper (The Independent) they hope to make the Community Souper Bowl Party an annual event.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut state police are getting ready for the Super Bowl. Troopers will be conducting roving drunk-driving patrols across the state. Officials say the weekend could be among the busiest ever for the state police. Connecticut sits about half-way between where the Giants and Patriots call home. The state has football fans of both teams.
UNDATED (AP) -- A game that's played on the ice is hot -- and it's not hockey. It's curling. Phill Drobnick was the 2010 U.S. Olympic curling coach. He's also an ambassador of the game. Drobnick says he got an idea of how far the sport has come when he was invited to a learn to curl event in Las Vegas. Right off the Strip, no less. This week, members of USA Curling are making another trek. They're in Indianapolis, to demonstrate the sport in the Super Bowl Village.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Times are tough -- but Kentucky's bourbon industry is booming. Governor Steve Beshear says bourbon has helped Kentucky weather the recession. That's making bourbon, not drinking it. Production of Kentucky bourbon has jumped by 50 percent since 1999. And the tax-take from bourbon has grown by $338 million since 2008.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- If one thing bugs Scott Shaw -- it's not having enough bugs. He's an insect expert at the University of Wyoming and a professor of entomology. He travels to the tropical forests of eastern Ecuador annually to search for new insect species. He's discovered more than 150 and has a dozen species named after him. Shaw tells a local paper (Laramie Boomerang) no one knows how many species are left to be discovered. He says it could take centuries.
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