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POSTED December 7, 2012 9:42 p.m.

GUN TURNS UP IN PACKAGE OF FROZEN RIBS AT NM STORE: ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say they're puzzled by what turned up in a package of meat at a Roswell grocery store.

A worker at Albertsons opened a case of frozen ribs Wednesday and found a handgun and ammunition packed with the meat.

Roswell police Sgt. Jim Preston tells Albuquerque television station KRQE that it would be speculation to say how it got there.

Authorities have some clues.

A police report shows that the meat came from the Swift Packing Plant in Greeley, Colo., and is marked with the date June 8, 2011.

Greeley police say they're reviewing cases to see if the gun was used in any crimes.

Authorities say the semi-automatic Rock Island Armory .38 Super had not been reported stolen. A firearms trace could take weeks.

WVU MASCOT TOLD TO STOP FIRING MUSKET AT WILDLIFE: CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The musket toted by West Virginia University's Mountaineer isn't just a prop — it's a bona fide weapon, and mascot Jonathan Kimble demonstrated that when he brought down a black bear with it in the woods.

Now WVU has ordered Kimble to stop using his university-issued weapon on hunting trips after a video of this week's kill was posted online. He says hunting with the gun is a Mountaineer mascot tradition.

The 24-year-old Franklin resident accompanied more than a dozen friends and family on the trip in Pendleton County on Monday. In the video, Kimble is shown firing the musket at the bear in a tree.

"Let's go Mountaineers!" Kimble yells afterward. He also posted a photo of himself with the bear on Twitter.

The WVU mascot wears buckskin and a coonskin cap and fires the musket — loaded with black powder but minus ammunition — at home athletic events and other sponsored activities. Hunting isn't one of them.

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PA. PIZZA SHOP ROBBER SAYS, 'HAVE A GOOD NIGHT!: PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who robbed a Pittsburgh-area pizza shop apparently hoped he wasn't ruining his victims' evening in the process.

Allegheny County detectives say the man, who remains at large, was walking out of Aprimo Pizza in Mount Oliver with the money he had just stolen, when he turned around to say, "Have a good night" before leaving.

Police tell WPXI-TV they don't know who the man is, but they're hoping surveillance video from the Tuesday night heist will help identify him.

Before his polite exit, police say the man wasn't so nice. He held a gun to one employee's back while screaming for another to open the cash register drawer.

He left after stealing an undetermined amount of money. Nobody was hurt.

UW LIBRARY FREEZES BEDBUGS OFF INFESTED BOOKS: SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington's libraries are checking for bedbugs after some of the little blood-suckers were found making a home in architecture books.

Staffers at a library in Gould Hall were checking in books in August when they spotted some small black dots.

"That made them look closer, and they realized there were some bedbugs in the spine of the books," said Stephanie Lamson, preservation librarian.

The bugs had crawled into the space that opens along the spine of hardcover books between the cover and the paper.

Concerned about an infestation, the staff took those books and others around them and quarantined them in plastic bags. After bugs turned up at the same library a second time that month they de-bugged about 45 books in a natural history museum freezer.

High heat also kills bedbugs, but the library didn't want to risk damaging the books.

A temperature of 18 degrees below zero killed the pests discovered in the architecture books, Lampson said Friday.

The books were frozen for seven days, allowed to warm up for six days, and put back in the freezer for another week. The second dip in the deep freeze was to kill any bugs that hatched from eggs after the first chill.

 

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