October 10, 2013
Indiana Dog That Crashed Half Marathon Gets Medal
Evansville, IN (AP) An Indiana dog that became an Internet sensation after crashing a half marathon has won a medal - and an appointment with a veterinarian to nip his wandering ways in the bud.
The chocolate Labrador retriever named Boogie ran most of the 13.1 miles in Saturday’s Evansville event and then was taken to Animal Control.
Owner Jerry Butts tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the 100-pound dog slipped his leash Friday night.
It was his fourth escape.
Butts says Boogie now has a microchip and an appointment to be neutered.
Boogie finished the race in 2 hours, 15 minutes.
That’s better than more than half of the race’s participants.
Birthday Cake Attacked In Courthouse
Kelso, WA (AP) A woman in Washington state brought her child’s birthday cake into a courthouse, thinking that would be safer than leaving it in the car with her dog. She realized her error when a stranger grabbed and ate handfuls of the cake.
The chocolate cake passed through a metal detector and was sitting on a table when it was attacked.
Cake and frosting went flying when a Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputy grabbed the cake molester and took him to the ground.
The Daily News of Longview says more deputies rushed to help Tuesday, only to end up smeared with frosting.
Deputy Joe Connor told KATU-TV that 50-year-old Robert Fredrickson was arrested for investigation of third-degree theft.
The Daily News says the man had been on his way to a court appearance.
A local grocery offered to replace the cake.
Dozens Play Chess In Public To Defy Crackdown
San Francisco (AP) At least for an afternoon, the chess players were back at the usual spot they’ve occupied for years along downtown San Francisco’s busy Market Street.
But instead of hustling a dollar here and a dollar there with deft openings and clever traps, the mostly homeless players and their supporters were playing Sunday in defiance of a recent police crackdown and ban on the public games. And they were backed by a brass band and several homeless advocates who helped organize the three-hour “chess-in” under bright, blue skies on a hot San Francisco afternoon.
Earlier this month, police confiscated chess gear, tables and chairs at the site. Police said the games had begun to attract illegal gambling and drug sales to the area adjacent to a cable car terminal, which is a popular tourist destination. Nearby merchants had also complained about an increase in illegal activity.
“We don’t mind the chess players and would like to have them back,” said Cody Hunt, manager of an electronics store in front of which the games were played. “But lately, the games have attracted loud dice games and open drug deals, and nobody needs that.” The chess players argue that the police response to the illegal activity that took place near the games was heavy-handed and indiscriminate.
“Chess isn’t a crime, and we aren’t criminals,” Torres said as he knocked over his king in resignation of a game. “San Francisco is about this kind of stuff. About diversity and differences. We just want to play chess.”
7th Grader Appeals Suspension For Gun Keychain
Coventry, RI (AP) he family of a Rhode Island seventh-grader who was suspended for three days for having a small toy gun keychain at school is appealing the suspension.
WJAR-TV reports the family of 12-year-old Joseph Lyssikatos (lis-ih-KAH’-tos) is appealing Monday to the superintendent in the town of Coventry.
Joseph was suspended last month after bringing a 2-inch keychain he won at an arcade to Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School. Another student found it and showed it off to classmates, and Joseph was suspended.
He has already served the suspension, but his parents hope to get it expunged from his record so Joseph can try for perfect attendance this year.
Yale Searches For Stinker Adding Feces To Dryers
New Haven, CT (AP) Yale University hopes to solve a case of whodungit by identifying the stinker who has been soiling students’ laundry by sticking human feces inside clothes dryers.
The culprit has been dubbed the “poopetrator” and is being blamed for at least four incidents in the past month in the laundry room at Saybrook College.
“We have asked our students not to leave their laundry unattended, the affected machines have been thoroughly disinfected and we are actively seeking information about who the perpetrator might be,” Saybrook Master Paul Hudak told the Yale Daily News. “That’s about all we can do.”
Hudak said Yale police are investigating.
University Students In Hungary Hold Naked Protest
Budapest, Hungary (AP) Students and a professor at a university in southern Hungary took off their clothes in class to protest the new dress code introduced by the institution’s president.
Thursday’s protest by around 10 male and female students and their speech instructor at the University of Kaposvar’s arts school was prompted by rules announced this week including a ban on dresses showing too much cleavage, miniskirts, excessive makeup and flip-flops.
Some of the students undressed down to their underwear, while other seemed to be naked in a video of the protest posted online by a local news site.
Students said they plan to continue their protest and attend classes in flip-flops and beach towels on Monday.
Volunteers, Port-A-Potties Help Salem Shutdown
Salem, MA (AP) The partial federal government shutdown is riling witches and visitors alike in the Massachusetts city that held the notorious witch trials of 1692, where officials have lined up dozens of volunteers and some portable toilets to replace services lost when the National Park Service closed its visitor center.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said Friday the timing of the shutdown couldn’t be worse for the city that sees a quarter of its annual visitors during October’s “Haunted Happenings.” The monthlong event‚ featuring daily Halloween trick-or-treats, a psychic fair and witchcraft expo as well as numerous special events‚ generates $30 million for the city.
The government shutdown, however, has forced the National Park Service to close its Salem visitor center. The facility provides information on national maritime historic sites and other local attractions and has public restrooms.
“People have stepped up, we got a makeshift visitor center set up, we brought in portable toilets, so anyone needing information isn’t gonna be lost,” Driscoll said.
Nancy Ryan of Manhattan, Ill., says the shutdown is affecting her trip in “in a very bad way” since visitors have to use port-a-potties set up outside the shuttered visitor center.
Verna Hahn from Kelowna, in the British Columbia province of Canada, was grateful that volunteers with deep knowledge of Salem had stepped up to provide information to visitors. Without their help, she said, the trip “would have been awful.”
“If this shutdown doesn’t end soon, the Salem witches may have to get together and do a little magic to push it along,” said Day, who despite the events 300 years earlier had just cast a spell to bring prosperity to the town.