Monday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

MATURE MEDICAL STUDENT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Bill Downing is a Harvard MBA and CEO. Now, he wants to add some more letters after his name -- MD. Downing is heading to medical school at the age of 46. The Ohio businessman wants to be a doctor working in an urban setting. He tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer he feels the need to invest the rest of his active career in improving the inner city.

BEAR IN MALL

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- It was more than some shoppers could "bear." A Pittsburgh-area mall was evacuated after a bear decided do a little browsing, Authorities say a young black bear ambled across a parking lot, through doors and into Sears. According to local media, the 125-pound bear walked around the store for about 10 minutes. He also growled at some customers, then got stuck between double doors. Officers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission tranquilized the bear and took him away from the Pittsburgh Mills Mall.

JOHNSON CITY DRINK

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- It's a new Dew. Johnson City, Tennessee, is one of the places a new Mountain Dew is going to be test-marketed. It's called Mountain Dew Johnson City Gold and will have a malt flavor. Tim Swecker is a local sales manager for Pepsi Beverages. He tells the Johnson City Press the new drink will be rolled out in about a month. He says it's a great tribute to Johnson City. Swecker adds that many consider Johnson City to be the birthplace of Mountain Dew.

HEMINGWAY DAYS

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Meet the new Papa. Greg Fawcett is the winner of the Ernest "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike contest in Key West, Florida. The white-bearded, 64-year-old North Carolina investment banker was crowned over the weekend. The contest is a highlight of the annual Hemingway Days celebration in Key West. Fawcett admits he's not much of writer. But he says he can fish, hunt and drink like Hemingway. Fawcett adds that "three out of four is pretty good."

SOLAR CHALLENGE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- It's a car race that doesn't use a drop of gas. The University of Michigan team wins the 2012 American Solar Challenge. It's the seventh victory for the Ann Arbor team since the race began in 1990, and their fourth straight. The cars cover 1,650 miles, from Rochester, New York to St. Paul, Minnesota. Michigan's car is called the Quantum and it looks like something out of science fiction. The car is wing-shaped and covered in solar cells. The driver sits in a cockpit.

THERAPY DOGS

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Oliver is giving wet kisses to the residents of an Iowa nursing home. But the seniors citizens don't mind. Oliver is a poodle mix owned by Karen Mohring. Oliver and Mohring's other pooch Logan are certified therapy dogs. Mohring tells the Sioux City Journal it's wonderful to see the joy on the seniors faces, after they've spent a few minutes with her dogs.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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