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BRIEFLY: Bill's bad day: Beaten by Bears, chomped by dogs

It was a warm, sunny, Sunday afternoon in Michigan when Bill Ford Jr. decided some inline skating would ease the pain of another humiliating loss by his 0-11 Detroit Lions, this time to the Chicago Bears on Dec. 2. But his therapy turned nasty when two dogs attacked the Ford Motor Co. chairman. “One dog lunged at me. The other latched onto my knee, hung on as I fell, and started chewing on me.” Ford said. “My knee was bleeding all over the place.’’ The dogs’ owner, who wasn’t sure if the pets had been vaccinated against rabies, was reluctant to give a strange man her name and phone number. “She said, ‘How do I know you are not some kind of creep?’ ’’ the Ford Motor heir said. Ford prevailed; reached later, the owner confirmed the dogs were vaccinated and provided the name of her vet.

FIRE DRILL — You know those solitary, exhausted runners who carry the Olympic torch past eager TV cameras? Well, it turns out they get a little help between cities. Olympic sponsor Chevrolet modified an Avalanche to help with the long stretches between news clips. The Olympic flame began its 65-day, 13,500 mile journey from Atlanta to Salt Lake City last week, and Chevy boasts that the fire pit on its truck can keep the flame alive even at 70 mph.

ONE HAS A HUMP — Next time you can’t figure out which vehicle you’re looking at, don’t feel bad. Consider what happened to some U.S. Marines last week when they got orders to check out “an unidentified vehicle” in southern Afghanistan. According to Reuters, trucks armed with anti-tank weapons roared into the desert only to find … a camel. The tension subsided when one wag offered this advice to avoid future mistakes: “One has wheels, the other has legs.”

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