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Wed., Aug. 16, 2006, 5:19 p.m.

Top Cutline — 8/16/06

Jeffery Thurston, 10, of Auburn, N.Y., cuddles with one of the cows in a stable at the Wayne County Fair in Palmyra, N.Y., Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Daily Messenger, Vasiliy Baziuk)

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1. Jeffrey hugs his calf goodbye before he packs up and moves to a condo in the city. His greedy parents sold the family farm to developers who will now turn the land into subdivisions. But at least people won't be bothered by the smell of manure wafting on the summer breezes -- Jane Q. Citizen.

2. Jeffrey knew that he'd have to sell Bessie so his mom could get that tattoo she so wanted, although it made him sad and feel grown up too soon,he somehow knew, deep down, that life was often teats for tats -- RSPA.

3. Jeffery huddles in the corner with the other offspring during a La Leche meeting -- Paul L. Ferguson; and: "Some day, Bessie, we won't have to hide our love. We'll be accepted by society and have the same rights and protections as everybody else, you just wait and see!" -- Family Phil.

HM: John Austin, everyone else

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.