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Good government update: Warning citizens of radioactive and perhaps explosive fish

May 1, 2010 |  1:06 pm

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Government can be a source of great good.  That was President Obama's message Saturday while delivering the commencement address at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Our colleague Michael Muskal tells you more about the president's speech here.

One way government is helping in neighboring Detroit is by calling attention to unsafe fishing conditions in the Motor City. The Associated Press reports that chemical contamination has made it dangerous to eat several fish caught from the Detroit River.

Volunteers are working with the Michigan Department of Community Health to install signs on the river letting people know which fish might be OK to eat.  "Best rule to remember is the bottom feeders like carp and catfish have ingested a lot of chemicals," alerts one Detroit TV anchor.

And then there's that other rule that if the fish is glowing and has an extra flipper, take additional care.

As a public service, one of our favorite websites -- Fark -- is asking its readers to come up with their own helpful signs to better alert the sportsmen.

Scroll down to see a couple of our favorites (we also included a video of one of our favorite fish recipes). To see all of the suggestions on Fark or to send in your own, click here.

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-- Jimmy Orr

Top Photo: Detroit, sport fishermens' paradise. Credit: Reuters

Bottom photos: Courtesy Fark.com

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