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ALASKA

Boy, 5, wins moose-calling contest

ANCHORAGE | For 5-year-old Andrew Polasky, being loud has paid off.

Andrew was the winner of last weekend’s moose-calling contest at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.

He lives with his parents, Janessa and Ray, on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. He hasn’t been around moose that much, even though they’re ever-present in Alaska’s largest city. Instead, he’s more used to deer from his native Wisconsin.

So what’s his secret for winning a moose-calling contest?

His mom says he just likes making a lot of noise, and, she says, “He’s good at it.”

For his efforts, Andrew won a calendar, a $25 gift certificate to the Moose’s Tooth restaurant and a moose cutout to hang on his wall.

CALIFORNIA

City must return property tax dollars

BELL | Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado signed a bill Monday ordering the return of nearly $3 million in property taxes the state says was collected illegally in the blue-collar suburb of Bell, where one in six persons lives in poverty.

An audit by state Controller John Chiang’s office determined the City Council passed an illegal resolution in 2007 that resulted in a 50 percent tax increase over three years.

The tax rate later was rolled back, but the money collected could not be refunded until Mr. Maldonado signed Assembly Bill 900 into law.

Four of Bell’s five City Council members have been targeted for recall since a wide-ranging scandal surfaced involving the high taxes, huge salaries paid to former city employees and allegations of racial profiling of drivers.

Property owners in the scandal-plagued city learned earlier this year that they were paying the second-highest property taxes in Los Angeles County, ahead of Beverly Hills and other wealthy cities.

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