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JAMIE MOYER

DENVER (AP) -- For an old guy, Jamie Moyer is getting a lot of attention. The 49-year-old Colorado Rockies lefty says his phone hasn't stopped ringing and the texts keep coming. Moyer got into the baseball record book this week with his win against San Diego. Moyer is the oldest pitcher with a major league victory. Even the Hall of Fame is calling. Moyer's hat and glove are wanted for Cooperstown.

SPACE SHUTTLE-SMITHSONIAN

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) -- The next trip of the space shuttle Discovery will be a short one. Earlier this week, the shuttle wowed crowds in the Washington area as it made several low passes over some of the best known landmarks. The shuttle was being carried piggy-back on a special Boeing 747 transport, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The retired shuttle landed at Dulles International Airport in suburban Washington. Today, the Discovery is due to be lifted off the 747 and towed to the nearby National Air and Space Museum annex. It will go on exhibit there. Museum officials say Discovery will be displayed as if it had just landed from orbit.

SCIENTIST TRAFFIC TICKET

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Lots of high school kids ask, what good will all that math and science do? Well, a University of California San Diego scientist has beaten a traffic ticket in court. Dmitri Krioukov used physics and geometry in his appeal of a failure to stop citation. He was able to convince a judge the officer may have been mistaken when the prof was charged with running a stop sign. Krioukov says the calculations were simple and it took only five or ten minutes. He also wrote a four-page paper for the judge, titled "The Proof of Innocence." He says it was a minor inconvenience compared to hiring a lawyer and paying the $400 ticket.

TEACHERS-BUG LUNCH

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Ewww. Some teachers in Bay City, Michigan, are eating bugs. The teachers were making good on a bet with kids at Kolb Elementary. It was part of a reading challenge. The students in first-grade teacher Gina Anderson's class read for more than 15,000 minutes. So, Anderson was joined by three other teachers in chowing-down on worms and crickets. The Bay City Times reports the kids were chanting "eat the bugs." Anderson says bugs aren't on her diet, but she'll do anything for her class.

BALLPARK CONCIERGE

SEATTLE (AP) -- Retired school teacher Judie Houtz is into her second career. But it's not in a school -- she works at a ballpark. Houtz is the concierge on the suite level at Safeco Field in Seattle. She's like the captain of the suite level, dealing with everything from employees to fans who've had one too many. She's worked at the Mariner's ballpark since 2003 and has no plans for a second retirement. She tells a local paper (Daily Herald) they'll have to take her away in a Mariner coffin.

NETHERLANDS-POT REGS

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Dutch coffee shop owners don't want to see their pot business go up in smoke. They went to court yesterday to try block a government plan to ban foreigners from buying weed. The new policy would require that pot sales be restricted to members only clubs. And those clubs would only be open to legal Dutch residents. The new regs are set to take effect in some areas May 1st. But city officials in Amsterdam oppose the policy, saying the pot-selling cafes are a major tourist draw.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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