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STICKY SITUATION: As state agencies go, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ranks extremely high on the annoy-o-meter. Sure, its service has gotten better. More often than not, you can now walk out of the DMV without fighting the strong urge to pummel one of its minions. Maybe you can; I still have issues.

Well, get ready to crack those knuckles again, New Yorkers. It seems that state’s DMV agencies were given about five million defective registration stickers from a pair of vendors. The problem? Insufficient glue is causing inspection stickers to fall on the dashboard or floor, prompting motorists to use household tape and other adhesives to stay legal or face a slap in the wallet from the authorities.

Mistakes happen; more often than not, it’s too much adhesive that is used. According to Newsday, vendor SecureMark of Chicago has agreed to replace 1.4 million stickers at no cost. At press time, the DMV was still negotiating compensation with its other vendor, fellow Windy City provider RR Donnelley.

STINGING ENDORSEMENT: If the Olympic Committee ever decides to do a printer-based, multi-sport activity, the weighty task of representing our fair union may just fall to the shoulders of Brian Sacco and Emery Klein, the pride of The Newtown Bee‘s printing crew in Newtown, CT.

That very newspaper reported the Herculean efforts of Messrs Sacco and Klein, who captured no fewer than five trophies at the annual Printer’s Picnic and Clambake, sponsored by the Connecticut Litho Club. The dynamic duo bested a field of 40 to take top honors in the horseshoe tournament, and were equally to the task by winning a rafting race down the infamous Holiday Hills waterway. Lastly, the fantastic two topped all comers in the requisite hammer and nail competition.

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