Here’s one for the books, from a story by News staff reporter Lou Michel.

Richard E. Thibault was headed into the downtown courthouse the other day when he apparently realized that it would not be a good place to enter carrying a crack pipe. So he decided to stash the pipe outside the courthouse, at 50 Delaware Ave.

Buffalo Police Accident Investigator Martin Forero was also on his way to court and saw a man hiding the pipe in some shrubs on the courthouse perimeter. When confronted, Forero said, Thibault admitted that the pipe was his, and said that he was on his way to Drug Court. Thibault also issued a holiday-based appeal for compassionate treatment, saying that he had to go to Canada to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family.

Give Thibault credit for thinking quickly on his feet when confronted even if, as Forero noted, Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving last month.

The American presidency is part substance, part show biz. Leaders like to project an image and, to do that, they need some control over how they are presented. Presidents of both parties engage to some extent or other in that manipulation, but the current occupant of the White House is working a little too hard at it.

Nearly 40 news organizations have accused the Obama administration of severely restricting the access of news photographers while giving the White House’s own photographers free rein. That gives the president and his advisers control over the president’s image. It’s understandable and it’s wrong.

White House photographers don’t produce great shots; they produce images that make the boss look good. History comes from photojournalists, whether they are capturing a summary execution in Vietnam or the funeral of a slain leader. There are many ways in which President Obama needs to loosen up, and this is one.

Could the timing have been worse? Just when a new study underscores the significant health benefits of eating nuts, and just when American taste buds are screaming for pecans … there’s a shortage.

Blame it on rain, varmints and a Chinese middle class that has learned to love the pecan. So when Thanksgiving dessert makers went shopping for the main ingredient in their pecan pies, they found the price had risen a startling 30 percent.

Oh, well. (Oh, nuts?) Let’s hear it for the pumpkin.