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Off the wire

12/8/2009

Killer bugs lurking in Australian harbour
One man lost two toes and another had part of a foot removed after they contracted a flesh-eating organism in waters near a popular Sydney boat ramp.
Read complete story from The Sydney Morning Herald.

Chicken of the sea? Tuna farming getting a boost
KUMANO, Japan — Thousands of tuna, their silver bellies bloated with fat, swim frantically around in netted areas of a small bay, stuffing themselves until they grow twice as heavy as in the wild.
Read complete story from The Herald News.

U.S. Forest Service seeks end of half-off discount for seniors
Looking forward to spending your golden years on the cheap parking the camper at national forest campgrounds? Might be time to redo your budget.
Read complete story from OregonLive.com.

Mich. AG says he'll sue to protect lakes from carp
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan's attorney general says he will sue to try to force the closure of Chicago-area locks to protect the Great Lakes from the invasive Asian carp.
Read complete story from theAssociated Press.

Single Asian carp found in Chicago-area fish kill
LOCKPORT, Ill. &mdash Wildlife officials discovered a single Asian carp Thursday in a canal leading to Lake Michigan, the nearest the destructive species has come to the Great Lakes, Illinois environmental officials said.
Read complete story from theAssociated Press.

N.Y. angler regrets decision to fillet trophy walleye
After spending the day with family on Thanksgiving, Denny Tyler set out for Oneida Lake late that night and managed to land the biggest walleye of his life. It was a 28 1/4-incher. He caught it casting a black and white Rapala X-Rap in the Sylvan Beach area.
Read complete story from Syracuse.com.

Smith & Wesson posts 2Q profit on higher sales
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Gun maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. on Thursday posted a fiscal second-quarter profit, reversing a year-ago loss, as sales rose 49 percent, reflecting a jump in sales of handguns and tactical rifles and the acquisition of a security company.
Read complete story from the Associated Press.

Wis. lawmakers ask to suspend antlerless deer hunt
Three Racine County representatives are among the state lawmakers asking officials to suspend this month's antlerless deer hunt.
Read complete story from The Journal Times.