MAINE MAN CAN WHISTLE, BUT HE MUST KEEP MOVING

Portland, Maine - A man charged with disorderly conduct for his loud whistling in downtown Portland has reached a deal with the city - he can whistle, but he can't linger in one spot.

Robert Smith, of Westbrook, has been cited by police twice in the past year after businesses complained. He pleaded guilty last summer and reached a deal with the city in which he can keep whistling as long as he's moving.

Smith maintains that his whistling - audible a block away - is protected free speech and usually brings smiles. The prosecutor, Trish McAllister, disagreed. "The judge and I viewed this as a behavioral issue," she said. "(Smith) was aggressive. He would follow people who gave him a wrong look."

- The Associated Press

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