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Ready for some fun? Visit park tomorrow

By From page A2 | May 08, 2012

WILD AND WOOLLY WEDNESDAY … according to expert sources high within the local artistic community, there will be a spectacular, top-secret, not-to-be-missed event taking place tomorrow night (Wednesday) around 6 p.m. in the general vicinity of Central Park … I plan to show up just to see if my sources can be trusted …

PEPPER SPRAY OF THE DAY … apparently, UC Davis students aren’t the only undergraduates feeling the sting of pepper spray these days … turns out Notre Dame starting quarterback Tommy Rees has been charged with four misdemeanors after, according to ESPN.com, “Rees was among about five people who jumped a backyard fence and ran after officers arrived at the party. When the officer, Brandon Stec, caught up with Rees, the 19-year-old raised his knee into the officer and they both fell in a scuffle, leaving Stec with a bloody right arm when he hit the pavement. Rees continued thrashing around and resisting, at which point Rees was subdued with pepper spray and placed in handcuffs.” …

Not to worry Aggie fans, Notre Dame competes at the Division I-A level and UC Davis at I-AA, where the NCAA has banned the use of pepper spray except in the Causeway Classic … Rees, meanwhile, is likely to be dismissed from the Fighting Irish football team, but not for resisting arrest … although he won’t say so publicly, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has to be wondering if his quarterback can’t outrun a fully uniformed cop in the dark of night on a South Bend street, how is he possibly going to escape a blitzing linebacker in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon? …

Officer Stec, meanwhile, has been offered a full scholarship …

SPEAKING OF PEPPER SPRAY … according to the Associated Press report out of Pine Bluff, Ark., “A police officer working at a junior high school in Pine Bluff used pepper spray in a hallway to get students to move inside their classrooms.” … I am not making this up … “Superintendent Jerry Payne says three students were taken to a hospital and another 17 left school for the day after the incident. Student Faith Forney told Little Rock television station KLRT that students were gagging and vomiting after the officer used the spray. Payne says the officer used the spray by pointing it at the ground because students weren’t getting to class quickly enough.” …

Combined with the Notre Dame pepper spraying (see above), which, like the Pine Bluff incident, happened after last November’s indecent assault at UC Davis, it is clear we have recaptured our title as a first-in-the-nation trendsetter that others seek to follow … instead of wringing our hands and commissioning a Reynoso report, we could have sent our wayward officers on the road to give pepper spray workshops and clinics to departments in South Bend and Pine Bluff and who knows where else … pepper spray, it’s here to stay …

CLEAN AS A WHISTLE … thanks to the many folks who inquired in various and sometimes creative ways as to how my colonoscopy went last week … well, let’s just say I passed with flying colors … doctors did find pieces of my brain in there, which will not surprise my critics, but other than that everything was “normal” …

The highlight for me came when the kind folks at UC Davis gave me a dozen or so full-color, suitable-for-framing snapshots of my innards, which should make for some interesting Christmas card material …

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