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Published: Tue, September 11, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

oddly enough

Pa. council member targeted over Toby Keith spoof

MOUNT JEWETT, Pa.

A borough councilman from northwestern Pennsylvania says he meant no harm when he spoofed country-music star Toby Keith’s hit song “Red Solo Cup” at a recent community festival.

The Bradford Era reported Monday that Mount Jewett resident Jim Troutman wants Councilman Brett Morgan to resign. Troutman claims Morgan changed the lyrics to the song during the town’s annual Swedish Festival last month to make a purportedly insulting reference to Troutman’s trash-hauling business.

Morgan tells the AP he did change the song’s lyrics to include the words “Red Roll-Off Truck,” which Troutman says referred to one of his garbage trucks.

Morgan says he’s sent an apology to Troutman but denied purposely insulting Troutman. Morgan says Troutman wasn’t at the festival but was told about the song.

The song celebrates disposable cups commonly used at drinking parties.

Nigeria uncovers cocaine-stuffed roasted chickens

LAGOS, Nigeria

The roasted chickens had an unusual stuffing — $150,000 worth of cocaine, according to Nigerian police.

A Nigerian mechanic who struggled in Brazil for more than six years had hoped the drugs would buy him a life of luxury in his native land, Nigerian authorities said last week.

“This was like a retirement plan for him,” said Mitchell Ofoyeju, spokesman for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

The accused was arrested last week at the airport in Lagos after he came in from Sao Paolo with 5.7 pounds of cocaine, Ofoyeju said. Photos from the agency showed egg-shaped packages wrapped in gold aluminum foil and tucked into the browned chickens.

The suspect, Vincent Chegini Chinweuwa, could not immediately be reached to comment as he remained in custody.

Nigeria is a major transit point for drugs coming from Latin America and going to Europe or the United States, but recent security improvements are cutting into that dubious distinction.

After a Nigerian man reportedly attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009, Nigeria started installing airport scanners and sought training for its agents. Ofoyeju says the scanners helped authorities identify more than 100 drug carriers last year, leading to the seizure of about 904 pounds of cocaine, among other illicit drugs.

Authorities have found drugs sandwiched inside the fabric of suitcases, sewn into wigs worn by female passengers, tucked into underwear or hidden in phone chargers and even in a stethoscope, Ofoyeju said.

“The list is endless,” he said.

Associated Press


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