November 24, 2003

Protestor detained in Miami after picking up a coconut

There's a story in the November 19th edition of the Palm Beach Post of police, protestors, and a coconut:

Jared Lodge had never seen a coconut in his life.

The 20-year-old from St. Paul, Minn., was walking downtown Wednesday along East Flagler Street when he spotted his coconut. He picked it up and started walking as he showed his friends.

For about 20 minutes, Lodge and his friends were searched and patted down by police.

"They said it was a missile that I could throw at them," Lodge said. "They told me I was causing a ruckus."

Across the street, a chant of "let them go" could be heard coming from a group of steelworkers and other AFL-CIO members waiting to go into a rally at the Gusman Theater.

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November 12, 2003

First There is a Coconut, Then There Isn't, Then There Is

You might say the region around Trincomalee in Sri Lanka has lost a thousand acres of coconuts a year for the past twenty years, thanks to the ongoing civil war in the country. Here's an article about how the Coconut Cultivation Board has begun a new seedling distribution to the needy residents of the area, in the hopes of restoring the coconut-based economy.

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