THe Skinny

Word on the street is that pistol-packing Chuck Quackenbush has once again escaped criminal prosecution after being investigated by government officials. The former insurance commissioner, who is now a sheriff's deputy in Lee County, Florida, shot and wounded a suspect who was resisting arrest. Quackenbush was placed on leave while the shooting was investigated. But we can now report that Quack was cleared in the sheriff's probe of the shooting … Unfortuantely, not everyone, or everything, fared so well upn further review. Springtime in Sacramento is softball season, where the city's parks fill up with co-ed leagues, many of which feature Capitol staffers, and the occasional newspaper reporter. But the dangers of such activity became apparent at a game last week featuring the Democratic Capitol-staffer-heavy team, Majority Rules. While the game was afoot, a custom canvas bag belonging to one staffer was under foot, or rather under leg, of one deaf pug, Leroy. Apparently the bag carried the embroidered name of the staffer's dog, and Leroy let his feelings about the bag, and presumably the other dog, be known, as he relieved himself all over the bag. Leroy's owner offered to pay $5 bucks to have the bag cleaned, but that apparently wasn't good enough. The staffer demanded the owner pay $40 for the bag, which was "custom" and irreplacable. Leroy's owner waffled but eventually coughed up forty bucks. But that did little to settle the bad blood the incident had conjured up. "Learn how to control your dog," the bag's owner barked at Leroy's chapperone. And you thought there was bad blood between the Yankees and Red Sox…

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