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Beetle Bailey in fashion ...

Don't tell Sgt. Snorkel, but perennially put-upon private Beetle Bailey's Army green fatigues are influencing a new collection of limited-edition designer duds.

Arguably the longest-serving private never to have been promoted, Beetle Bailey will get the red carpet treatment next week when a line of clothing and accessories bearing his imprint is unveiled at apparel trade show PROJECT New York.

Working in conjunction with King Features Syndicate, designers Darren Romanelli and Hitoshi Tsujimoto have banded together to develop an Americana-inspired and military-infused collection of jackets, sweaters, T-shirts, hats, shoes, pants and bags.

"It's an Americana type of clothing line. It's real authentic clothes that people wore -- jackets, blue jeans and stuff like that," Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker told the Associated Press Tuesday. "All sweaters, all the stuff that the ordinary guys wear, not the fancy guys."


Was it indigestion? ...

Actor Gary Collins was released from custody Wednesday after being charged with a felony over accusations that he left a Biloxi, Miss., restaurant without paying his $59.35 tab, police said.

Assistant Chief Rodney McGilvary of the Biloxi Police Department said the former TV host was charged Tuesday night with defrauding an innkeeper and held overnight at the Gulfport detention center on a $5,000 bond.

Collins posted bond Wednesday and was released. Authorities say no court date was set, and McGilvary said he wasn't sure if Collins had a lawyer.

Jazzeppi's restaurant owner David Mattina told the Sun Herald he wasn't present Tuesday night but regretted the incident. He told the newspaper Collins had been a customer for a while and he would seek to have the charge dropped.


Montel's miscue ...

Wisconsin authorities say former talk show host and medical marijuana activist Montel Williams has been cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee County sheriff's office says the Transportation Security Administration found Williams had a pipe commonly used for marijuana as he passed through a security checkpoint Tuesday.

The sheriff's office says Williams paid the $484 citation and was released to continue his travel.

Williams, 54, has said he uses marijuana to relieve chronic pain caused by multiple sclerosis that was diagnosed in 1999. He said he became an activist pushing for medical marijuana laws after being stopped at a Detroit airport years ago for carrying drug paraphernalia.

Messages left Tuesday for his attorney, Nina Shaw, were not immediately returned.

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