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CROSSWALK VIGILANTE

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- There's a vigilante in Pittsburgh -- armed with paint. Folks in the Polish Hill neighborhood are showing some love for the person who's painting unofficial crosswalks. A note posted in a nearby park says: "Dear crosswalk vigilantes: Thank you! You made my day." But city officials aren't happy that someone is taking the brush and the law into their own hands. They note that if an accident resulted from an outlaw crosswalk the painter could be liable. Crosswalks have been twice denied for the area since 2009. But city officials say they were planning to install larger stop signs and paint crosswalks in a few weeks.

SWEET HOME, CHICAGO

MEDINAH, Ill (AP) -- Finding a job is tough for an art major. Good thing Luke Donald is pursuing another career -- as a professional golfer. Donald is a Northwestern grad, where he majored in art theory. He also was on the golf team and met his future wife there. The English golfer now lives in the Chicago area, in a ritzy suburb. He's playing on the European team in the Ryder Cup and is one of the top money-earners in golf. The Ryder Cup is being played at a country club near Chicago this year.

STOLEN CAR-DRIVE-THRU

GREENVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- From Arby's to Mickey D's. Police in Greenville, Michigan, busted a suspected car thief at a McDonald's drive-thru lane. Officers charge Ryan Griffee stole the car at another fast-food joint a few minutes earlier. The car was taken from an Arby's parking lot. One police official tells MLive.com he doesn't know if Griffee "wanted a Big Mac for the ride or what." Griffee is due to make his next court appearance Monday.

TV-McDONALD'S CHANNEL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Want TV with those fries? Mickey D's is getting its own TV channel. The M Channel is being tested in 700 McDonald's. Programming is customized with offerings like local high school sports highlights. It will also offer advertisers access to customers while they're chowing-down on their Big Macs and Happy Meals. The M Channel is still in its early stages. But McDonald's officials say it could go nationwide in as little as 18 months once the company gives it the green light.

PLASTIC BAG BAN-SANTA CRUZ

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Paper -- not plastic. Folks ordering take-out food in one California county won't be getting plastic bags. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has voted to ban restaurants from using plastic bags for food to-go. The bags are already nixed for grocery and convenience stores. The restaurant ban is set to go into effect next April. Stephen Joseph is an attorney for Save the Plastic Bag Coalition. He tells a local paper (Santa Cruz Sentinel) they'll try to block the ordinance.

POT FARM BUSTS

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- There's a cash crop in California farm country that's getting attention. Pot. Authorities say the nation's richest farmland is the latest hot spot for the illegal weed. At a news conference yesterday, the crackdown was detailed. Authorities report seizing 400,000 pot plants across hundreds of thousands of acres. The combined effort of federal prosecutors and six county sheriff's offices also resulted in 175 arrests. Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin says they want "the Central Valley to be known as America's breadbasket, not as a marijuana-laced-brownie basket."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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