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BUFF PT-WEIGHT GAIN

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (AP) -- Personal trainer Drew Manning knows what happens when you let yourself go. He's gained 70 pounds since May. But he's done it on purpose. Manning wants to show it's possible to get fit and lose weight. He'll start his new diet and exercise regime in a couple of weeks. The Utah trainer hopes to be back to his old, trim self in six months. He tells the Desert News the process will help him better understand the weight struggles of his clients.

STRIP CLUB FEE

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Call it a "pole tax" -- a stripper pole tax. City officials in Minneapolis are considering a tax on strip clubs. City Attorney Susan Segal proposes a fee on establishments that offer nude or topless entertainment. She notes a similar fee in Texas charges strip clubs serving alcohol five bucks per customer. Segal tells the Star Tribune the money in Minneapolis would go to fight underage prostitution. A lawyer who has represented Minnesota strip clubs calls the idea unconstitutional.

LONG-LOST PENDANT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Gerry Reynolds figured his football letterman's pendant was lost forever. But he's gotten it back, 54 years after last seeing it. Reynolds earned the "L"-shaped letter playing football at Louisiana State University in 1947 and '48. He lost it in the woods of Decatur County, Tennessee. A short while later Bob Crawley found it, but never got around to tracking down the owner. Crawley finally contacted LSU in 2009. It took two years, but the school managed to locate Reynolds. Reynolds says he couldn't believe it when Crawley gave the "L" back.

HAUNTED FORT MONROE

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) -- There's something spooky at Fort Monroe. The fort was Union-held deep in Confederate Virginia during the Civil War. Today, some believe ghosts inhabit the historic stone fortress. Visitors will get to hear the ghost stories this week. Historian and preservationist John Quarstein will lead lantern-lit tours of the fort Wednesday through Saturday night. Proceeds from the tours will benefit the Hampton History Museum.

TRASH TO CASH

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- There could be cash in kids' lunch boxes. And no, were not talking about stealing their milk money. Some Michigan schools are recycling the trash left over from lunch. Empty juice pouches and potato chip bags have value. Not much, but a little. One Geneese County school brought in about $450 last year. For cash-strapped schools, that could pay for a field trip or playground chalk. The Flint Journal reports the kids at Randels Elementary collected more than 20,000 empty juice pouches.

TELEGRAPH AT 150

UNDATED (AP) -- Before there was high-tech -- there was telegraph tech. And today, marks the 150th anniversary of the first transcontinental telegraph. Author and historian Thomas Jepsen says the telephone and even the Internet evolved from telegraph technology. Before the telegraph, it could take days for a message to travel from coast to coast by pony express. After the telegraph, transmission was virtually instantaneous. Telegraph operators even developed their own abbreviations, much like those we use in text messages. But there's no smiley face in Morse code.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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