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Steve Stewart

Misbehaving pets are in the doghouse

Children aren't the only ones who pout and get into trouble, even when Santa is coming soon.

Rosie, a 4-year-old schnauzer, didn't get to go Christmas shopping with her owners, so she chewed up all the holiday candy in dishes around the house.

Her companion in crime, Venus, is a 16-year-old cat who gets into the greenery.

"We have to 'baby-proof' the house during the holidays," owner April Kazarian told Patrice Stewart. She and daughter Chris recalled the time when Rosie, a mere pup, pulled a Christmas tree down on top of her.

Rosie may consider having to wear her holiday antlers or "reindeer ears" enough punishment.

Scrooge on the Potomac

M.J. Ellington says state Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, told a story of political one-upmanship during legislative orientation in Tuscaloosa last week.

A few years ago, the U.S. Senate was so eager to shut down for Christmas that many members left before a crucial vote on the federal budget.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, who wanted North Alabama money for the Memphis-to-Atlanta highway, objected to the "unanimous" vote on record because so many people were absent.

"What do you want?" said Trent Lott, the Senate majority leader at the time.

"I want $100 million for Corridor X."

"You're not gonna get it."

"Fine," said the Alabamian, prepared to filibuster. "You tell everybody to come on back to Washington for Christmas."

He got the money, Roger said.

Beaver Falls
and Broadway Joe

Tina Kellett, Decatur High guidance counselor, told Ronnie Thomas that she was born in Beaver Falls, Pa., and started to school there.

Any die-hard Alabama football fan recognizes the town as the birthplace of former Crimson Tide star and Football Hall of Fame member "Broadway" Joe Namath.

There must be something in the water up there. Tina's son, Josh Kellett, went on to become a quarterback of renown at Decatur High School and Samford University. He was The Daily's 1997 Player of the Year. He plays arena football.

Hungry thief?

A Town Creek woman reported that someone broke into her vehicle while she was in Applebee's on Beltline Road in Decatur.

Bayne Hughes said she told police only one thing was missing: an old taco.

Send stories for You Don't Say to, or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. Daily staff members contribute many of the items you see here. This column appears Sundays and Wednesdays.

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