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"It's the best thing that's ever happened to me," a glowing West Las Vegas (N.M.) High School homecoming princess Vanessa Lucero said last Saturday. Accepting her tiara? Well, that was only part of it. The other part - and every bit as important - was scoring a one-yard touchdown, her first of the season, for the Dons in their 67-0 rout of rival Pojo-aque High earlier in the afternoon. It seems that despite the fact she stands just five feet tall and weighs only 103 pounds, she's a running back for the varsity. But wait, isn't football supposed to be a guy thing? Not according to Vanessa. "Only until a girl joins," she said.

Power pair: Hulk, Barbie top Halloween costume choices

If the results of an online survey are any indication, you should expect to see a greater than usual number of green faces when - candy in hand - you answer the door Oct. 31. Movie/ comic-book hero "The Hulk" was the costume of choice for boys in the poll by the website extremehalloween.com. Barbie got the most votes for girls. The site's five most popular choices for young trick-or-treaters:

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Boys
1. The Hulk
2. Harry Potter
3. Spider-Man
4. Pirate king
5. Power Ranger
Girls
1. Barbie
2. Tinkerbelle
3. Sleeping Beauty
4. Hagatha (witch costume)
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