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Hasbro scratches Pussycat Dolls

PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Hasbro Inc.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Hasbro Inc. has shelved plans to release a line of dolls based on the Pussycat Dolls, an all-female music group known for risqué lyrics and skimpy outfits (pictured above).

Hasbro, the nation's second-biggest toymaker, said it decided the dolls were "inappropriate" for the company to market and that the pop group catered to a more mature audience.

The group's hit single, "Don't Cha" features the lyrics, "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?/

Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?"

Joe Kelly, president of Dads & Daughters, which organized a letter-writing campaign to get Hasbro to cancel the doll line, said he was pleased with the company's decision.


"We asked Hasbro executives to imagine encouraging their own

6-year-old daughters and granddaughters to engage in developmentally unhealthy behavior," Kelly said in a statement.

Ducks tie up traffic

LAYTON, Utah - The state Highway Patrol recently slowed traffic and herded a mother duck and 10 ducklings, which were waddling south in the northbound lane of Interstate 15, to the highway's grassy median. But five of the ducklings slipped through a storm grate and Davis County Animal Control officers had to join the rescue.

Officers used tongs to get two of the ducklings out, but the others headed deep inside the pipe that runs under I-15.

They duct-taped a small net to the tongs and then waited for more than two hours before each little duckling eventually wandered from the pipe within reach of the net.

The ducklings were placed in a pet carrier and the mother in a separate crate. All were taken to a new home - away from the highway - at Layton Commons Park.

No more punching the shot glass clock


SALEM, Ore. - The Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature adopted a recommendation Monday that says Oregon legislators and staff members should not be drunk while performing their official duties. The panel decided to leave it to House and Senate leaders to draft rules against intoxication and possible penalties.

The new policy was suggested by Steve Doell, president of Crime Victims United, who said he and another member of the group noticed alcohol on the breath of at least one legislator at the end of the 2005 session while they were advocating tougher drunken-driving penalties.

Associated Press

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