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The Curious Death of Mr. Bear

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There's something rotten in Echo Park. It may look like the country jamboree bear hanging from the stoplight at 1600 W. Montana took his own life but we suspect foul play. How would a stuffed doll get up on the pole? How could he tie a knot when he doesn't have fingers or thumbs? And, more importantly, what is wrong with the life of a shaggy toy bear? I mean sure, he's no Vermont Teddy Bear but, really, few are.

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According to one account, a woman at Pioneer Chicken is claiming responsibility for the bear's demise while others just see the poor hanging animal as an eye sore that disrupts traffic. Have you no heart, Echo Park? Why won't anyone cut down the sad creature and why will no one truly explain the crime? We don't believe the Pioneer Chicken lady because what did a bear ever do to chickens?

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photo 1 by Anniee. Photo 2 by Protosheigh.