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August 11, 2009


One piece of good news from the fiscal crisis: the demand for renaming public buildings after corporations seems to be fading. In Augusta ME there have been no takers for naming rights to the Augusta Civic Center despite a marketing firm's assurance that the name was worth $100,000-$130,000 a year. Since the firm is working on a commission, it's bum advice won't cost the state anything.

A mouse in La Grande Oregon got inside an ATM machine and made a nest for itself out over chewed up $20 bills.


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