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DEBATING THE DEBATE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mission accomplished. Former PBS anchor Jim Lehrer says his only regret during last week's first presidential debate is that he didn't get to more subjects. However, he's pleased overall. Lehrer says his open-ended questions let President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to talk to each other, and introducing more topics would have ended what he views as good discussions between the candidates.

GREAT PUMPKIN

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) -- He's going to Disneyland! Thad Starr just won more than $10,000 for winning this year's competition at California's Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. His champion giant gourd weighed in at 1,775 pounds. The closest competitor tipped the scales at 1,521 pounds. Starr, now a three-time winner at Half Moon Bay, says he'll use the prize money to take his family to Disneyland.

OLD BEER KEG

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- The Boston Beer Company museum in Boston is about to gain a new addition. An antique wooden beer keg that was found in a Maine beverage store is going on display there. The owners of Damon's Beverage Mart in Augusta came across the keg after purchasing the store three years ago. It was spotted a few years ago by Jim Koch, whose company produces Samuel Adams beer. He tells the Kennebec Journal the keg with "Boston Beer Co., Boston, Mass." burned into each end is probably about 75 years old. The Damon family decided to give Koch the keg for free because of the sentimental value it has for him.

BIG 12 REBOUNDS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- It didn't take long for the Big 12 to bounce back, and it's making for great sports television viewing. Over the past two seasons, the conference saw its football fortunes fade with the defections of Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Texas A-and-M to other conferences. However, this season the Big 12 has two teams in the top 10; No. 5 West Virginia and No. 6 Kansas State, with traditional powers Oklahoma and Texas also in the Top 25 heading into this weekend's Red River battle in Dallas.

DIAPER DERBY

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) -- There's still a need for speed at the Riverside County, California, fair, but it has nothing to do with the running of horses, ostriches and dogs. We're talking about the Diaper Derby, which is back after several years on the shelf. The winner must crawl over a 20-yard course on a knee-friendly rubber mat track. The contestants are coaxed along by parents and loved ones who are allowed to wave toys, blankets and other favored items. The only thing a baby can't do is stand up. That results in disqualification.

BREEDING GORILLAS

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas zoo is hoping to hear the pitter patter of baby gorilla feet by 2014. The national coordinator of the Species Survival Plan has recommended that the Sedgwick County Zoo be entrusted with breeding gorillas. And now zoo officials confirm that a 33-year-old female gorilla from the Philadelphia Zoo will spend some time with some of the Sedgwick zoo's male gorillas, and an 11-year-old female from Calgary is due to arrive by late summer. The Wichita Eagle also reports that three male gorillas from Sedgwick will go to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Currently, there are about 350 gorillas on exhibit at 52 zoos across the nation. To keep the population steady, the survival plan calls for 10 to 14 babies to be born each year.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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