OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Peyton Manning is promising more “Omahas.” He was in the Nebraska city last night for the B’nai B’rith sports banquet. Manning repeatedly shouted Omaha at the line of scrimmage during the Denver Broncos’ run to the Super Bowl. Manning says he’s heard plenty of suggestions that he use other cities for his audibles. But he told the crowd he’s sticking with Omaha. Before the banquet, the Omaha Chamber of Commerce presented a check for almost $70,000 to Manning’s foundation. Local businesses donated for every pre-snap “Omaha!” Manning shouted.
UNDERAGE ALCOHOL TASTING
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It would be legal for some underage California college students to take a sip. A bill passed by overwhelmingly the state Assembly would allow aspiring winemakers and brewers to have a taste of what they’re producing. One assemblyman says some students can’t graduate in four years because certain classes are restricted to those 21 and older. But there wouldn’t any partying in class. Backers point out the legislation would only allow tasting and spitting, but not swallowing of the alcoholic beverages. The wine producing states of Oregon and Washington have similar laws.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Handwriting counts — at least in South Carolina. A state Senate panel has narrowly advanced a bill requiring that students be taught how to write in script. The measure would mandate cursive instruction by the fifth grade. But some lawmakers questioned the more than $27 million price tag for materials and teacher training. One lawmaker says every elementary school teacher should know how to write in cursive, and students only need a pad of paper. South Carolina hasn’t required cursive teaching since 2008.
MUSEKGON, Mich. (AP) — Man your battle stations — or rather your prom stations. A high school in western Michigan is getting ready to hold its prom aboard a World War II landing ship. The USS LST 393 is now the Veterans Museum in Muskegon. The landing ship tank brought American G-I’s to the Normandy beaches during the D-Day invasion. The Muskegon Chronicle reports the Catholic Central High prom will take place on the ship tomorrow night.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Weeds are bugging folks in Hawaii, so the state is turning to bugs to fight the weeds. The state Department of Agriculture has been distributing Madagascan fireweed moths on Maui. It’s hoped the moths will feed on the fireweeds, which crowd out plants that livestock eat. State officials have even been teaching farmers and ranchers how to raise the moths. The experts tell the Maui News that it might take a decade before the moth program yields results.
BABY NAMES-NEW YORK
NEW YORK (AP) — There are a lot of little Sophias and Jacobs in New York. Those were the state’s two most popular baby names last year. Sofia — with an “F” — was 10th. Jacob jumped Michael for the top spot. The Social Security Administration says Isabella, Emma and Olivia are ranked next. And just one newborn separated Emma and Olivia, followed by Mia. As for the boys, Ethan, Liam and Jayden are also in the top five.