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2009-08-10 14:16:29

U.S. officials announced Monday at the 65th birthday of Smokey Bear in Washington that the anti-forest fire icon is going bilingual with a new book. The U.S. Forest Service said the fire prevention symbol will inform children in a book written in both English and Spanish on ways to prevent forest fires and wildfires, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday. Smokey Bear is one of the most beloved symbols in American history, and his important message has been communicated to generations of...

2009-06-30 08:56:00

Smokey Bear stars in new CG-animated PSAs and appears on Facebook, MySpace and YouTube in time for July 4th WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Advertising Council joined today with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters to launch a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to celebrate Smokey Bear's 65th birthday and provide critical information to Americans about wildfire prevention. The television, radio, print and online PSAs are...

2009-03-10 16:24:01

Washington transit authorities said they have fired a bus driver who allegedly punched an off-duty cop who was dressed as McGruff the Crime Dog. Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith said Shawn Brim, 39, who has been driving buses in the district since June 2003, was fired Friday after the completion of an internal probe into the incident, The Washington Examiner reported Tuesday. Smith said Brim was accused of exiting a bus while he was on duty at about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and punching Officer...

2008-12-31 20:22:27

A Florida fire chief said a 6-foot-tall wooden Smokey Bear cut-out was stolen from outside of his fire station. Fire Chief Michael Carver of the Hortense Volunteer Fire Department said the handcrafted Smokey Bear was stolen Friday night from where it had been bolted to a wildfire danger sign outside of the station, the Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union reported Wednesday. Smokey the Bear is missing. He's gone, and we would love to have him back home where he belongs, Carver said. Chief Ranger...

2008-08-04 15:00:00

By Mike Branom, The Tribune, Mesa, Ariz. Aug. 4--If Americans can be taught to not litter in the wilderness, said the man in charge of the Southwest's national forests, they can be taught to stay on trails when riding their all-terrain vehicles. Preventing tire tracks from spreading throughout the U.S. Forest Service's deserts, timberlands and grasslands is just one challenge facing Corbin Newman. Now in his eighth month on the job as regional forester, Newman also must protect lives,...

2008-06-18 06:00:20

By Bart Mills, The Lima News, Ohio Jun. 18--PERRY TOWNSHIP -- Economic development folks will tell you, when it comes to runways, size matters. Allen County Airport officials are gathering funds with the hope of extending their current 5,100-foot runway by another 1,400 feet. Airport Board President Jon Neuman said the more than $4 million project is an investment in the region's economic future. "A lot of the big businesses that come to this region come in through the airport. It's...

2008-03-03 03:00:20

(In Malaysia) BAKAT TV AMONG the first singing competitions to be produced locally. Artistes it unearthed include Shagul Hamid, Suhaily Shamsuddin, Zalifah Ibrahim, M. Sani, Frankie Cheah, Sugiman Jahuri and Sept 5. In 1975, it changed its name to Bintang RTM which would later give us the late Tan Sri Sudirman. THE AHMAD DAUD SHOW FIRST aired in 1975, it was arguably one of the first English- medium variety shows and was hosted by Datuk Ahmad Daud. BING AND BONG THIS was only...

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2005-09-27 05:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- Kermit the Frog, perhaps the world's most famous amphibian, will embark on a worldwide "tour" next month to celebrate his 50 years in show business and re-launch the Muppets franchise as part of the Walt Disney Co., it was announced on Tuesday. The green, fuzzy puppet character, who got his start in 1955 on the local Washington, D.C., television program, "Sam and Friends," was scheduled to appear on the Disney-owned ABC network's "Good Morning America" to kick off the...