February 18, 2016
Jumping Donkey Leaps To Fame In Egyptian Village
Al-Arid, Egypt (AP) A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defying her species’ well-known stubbornness and jumping hurdles on command.
Ahmed Ayman, a 14-year-old farmer living in the Nile Delta north of Cairo, discovered his donkey’s natural talent when she leapt over an irrigation canal one day, and decided to train her.
“We got a very small barrier, and then would make it higher and higher each day,” he said.
Now the two perform in front of crowds of gleeful children from their village of al-Arid. Ayman uses a wooden baton to urge the donkey on and leaps over a homemade wooden barrier in the style of an equestrian. A cousin has posted pictures of the feat online, which have been spread through social media.
Donkeys are a fixture of daily life in rural Egypt, where they are used for transportation or to haul goods, and can often be seen in Cairo and other major cities. “I have never seen a jumping donkey before. We even tried it with another donkey and when it reached the barrier it stopped,” said Abdel-Moneim Sayed, Ayman’s uncle. “A donkey is very stubborn. If he knows that he cannot pass a barrier he will not even try, no matter what you do.”
Ayman dreams of one day jumping horses, but he says he would never part with his donkey, even for a huge sum of money, “because she can jump, and I love her.”
Hating Valentine’s Day? Donate Your Ex’s Stuff!
Sarasota, FL (AP) Is a breakup bringing you heartache for Valentine’s Day?
Goodwill stores in the Sarasota and Las Vegas areas have an anti-Valentine’s Day antidote. They’re asking people to donate their ex’s stuff with a “don’t hate, donate” campaign.
In a news release, Goodwill Manasota Foundation Vice President Veronica Brandon Miller says the agency is “having a little fun at the expense of Valentine’s Day.” But she notes that breakups are never easy and that it is important to “get rid of the items that keep exes stuck in the past.”
She says Valentine’s Day is a good time to start fresh.
So, start cleaning those closets.
Mayor Shows Love To Skateboarders, Lifts Ban
Philadelphia (AP) Skateboarders in Philadelphia are feeling the love from Love Park now that the mayor has temporarily lifted a ban on skating there until it closes for renovations. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney made the announcement Wednesday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the park and welcome center’s $20 million facelift.
The park is a skateboarding haven. Kenney urges skaters to take advantage of it until it closes Feb. 15. He tells skaters they’re “part of the fabric” of Love Park.
He says granite removed during the overhaul will be used in skate parks across the city.
Skater Luke Darigan tells The Philadelphia Inquirer he’s taking time off work to make the most of the opportunity.
Robert Indiana’s iconic “LOVE” statue will be moved across the street to City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza during the yearlong renovation.
Russian Orthodox Allowed To Return Debt In Prayers
Moscow (AP) A Russian regional court has ruled that an Orthodox Church diocese can repay part of an outstanding debt in prayers rather than money.
In a ruling that went viral Thursday, the Nizhegorodsky Regional Court said the local Russian Orthodox Church diocese can repay 258,000 rubles ($3,244) it owes for the installation of a boiler system along with an additional 65,000 rubles ($817) in fines and legal fees‚ by praying for the health of the company that installed the system.
According to the court ruling, which was issued in October, the procedure cost 916,000 rubles ($11,561), of which the diocese originally paid approximately half.
The diocese still owes an additional 200,000 rubles ($2,525) for the boiler system, which the court said should be paid in money.
Suspect In 4 Heists Needed Money For Kitty Litter
Pittsburgh (AP) Authorities say a Pittsburgh woman jailed in four recent store robberies told police she needed money for dog food and kitty litter.
Police say 28-year-old Melissa Santoro netted less than $300 in the heists.
Police say a clerk at a Sunoco gas station robbed last month and again Tuesday night recognized Santoro when she came in to buy cigarettes. Police say she denied robbing the station. She also denied robbing a Pittsburgh Rite Aid last month and Jet’s Pizza in neighboring Dormont on Tuesday night.
But police say after taking a lie detector test, Santoro confessed to all four robberies.
She told them a gun she carried was plastic, and she needed money for her pets and to help her mother.
She is jailed Friday and doesn’t have an attorney.