December 26, 2013
Dog That Survived Gassing Headed To Rose Parade
Newark, NJ (AP) Things are coming up roses for a scrappy New Jersey beagle who survived a dog pound gas chamber.
Daniel will be among eight shelter dogs riding on a float in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif.
The 2-year-old beagle mix was 6 months old on Oct. 3, 2011, when he was scheduled to be put down at the animal control facility in Florence, Ala. He was placed with 17 other dogs in a stainless-steel box roughly the size of a pickup truck bed that was filled with carbon monoxide.
Workers at the facility were surprised when he emerged, scared but unscathed, from the chamber. They named him Daniel after the biblical figure who survived the lion’s den.
He was adopted by Joe Dwyer of Nutley, N.J., and has been living happily with Dwyer’s family and other rescue dogs at their home about 10 miles west of New York City.
Dwyer, a motivational speaker, said Daniel’s story of surviving and thriving has prompted laws in 31 states that protect shelter animals against inhumane forms of euthanasia.
Daniel will perform his “high five to keep pets alive” trick and perform with other animal shelter survivors on a parade float sponsored by the Lucy Pet Foundation, which runs mobile spay, neuter and adoption clinics across the country. Daniel has been chosen as the “spokesdog” for the California-based organization, Dwyer added.
“He’s definitely one of the most joyous, happy dogs I’ve ever met in my life,” Dwyer said. “I think his positive attitude is why he’s survived.”
The Rose Parade takes place on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif.
France: It’s Not Sexting, It’s Textopornographie
Paris (AP) France, a nation with a centuries-old reputation for seduction, now has a word for sexting.
If you want to send sexually explicit photos or text messages to your lover in France, it’s called “textopornographie.” That’s the term recently chosen by the Academie Francaise, the respected institution that watches over the French language and regularly invents French terms for English or other expressions that have gone global.
The academy’s Sophie Tonolo, a dictionary editor, says it was approached by the Justice Ministry for a proper term for sexting because the phenomenon often comes up in legal cases. It was one of many words published this month in a government legal database. It may not end up in the dictionary however, Tonolo said, if the phenomenon fades.
Man Proposes To Girlfriend During Arrest
Elk City, OK (AP) Talk about a marriage proposal to remember.
An Oklahoma man proposed to his girlfriend last week while an officer tried to arrest him on two outstanding warrants.
An officer spotted Justin Harrel of Elk City in a local park last Friday and discovered that he had outstanding warrants out of two counties for obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check, according to court documents.
Police said Harrel resisted arrest at first.
“I advised Justin that he was under arrest and directed him to turn around and place his hands behind his back,” the officer wrote in his police report. “Justin said, ‘Steve, let’s talk about this. Give me five minutes.’”
When the officer took him into custody, Harrel explained that he was about to propose to his girlfriend. He asked if he could go ahead with the proposal.
The officer allowed Harrel to complete the marriage proposal, and Harrel’s girlfriend eventually said yes. Harrel then asked the officer to get the engagement ring from his coat pocket and give it to her.
The officer handed the ring to the girlfriend.
Harrel was not cited for resisting an officer.
Alligator Will Be Allowed To Greet Restaurant Patrons
Port Huron, MI (AP) A 4-foot long alligator named Wally will be allowed to greet patrons of a Michigan restaurant.
The City Council voted 4-2 on Monday to allow American alligators in its central business district.
Wally will greet guests at Cajun Gator. The restaurant is expected to open within the next week.
The Times Herald of Port Huron reports that Developer Larry Jones says there were “a lot more excited people than there are people in question” when the idea was floated.
Councilwoman Anita Ashford cast one of the votes against the proposal. She says she’s uncomfortable with the idea of a live alligator in an eatery.
Florida Homeowners’ Group Bans Playing In The Street
Lakewood Ranch, FL (AP) A homeowner’s association in Florida is prohibiting children from playing in the street.
ABC Action News in Tampa reports the Miramar at the Country Club Homeowner’s Association passed a new bylaw last week, saying that children can’t play in the street due to safety reasons. Association officials told the TV station that there’s one narrow, windy road through the community and drivers often speed.
One association members says there are other places for children to play. Some parents call the new rule absurd.
Man Wins $1M Picasso With $138 Raffle Ticket
Wexford, PA (AP) A man looking for art for his new home has won a $1 million Picasso painting with a $138 raffle ticket.
Jeffrey Gonano told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he’s not sure he’ll ever hang the masterpiece in his home in Wexford, in western Pennsylvania, given its value.
The 25-year-old Gonano, who works for his family’s fire sprinkler business, learned Wednesday that his ticket had won the Paris raffle. Organizers say nearly 50,000 tickets were sold worldwide, for 100 euros apiece, to benefit a Lebanese charity.
The 1914 work, “Man in the Opera Hat,” dates from Spanish master Pablo Picasso’s cubist period. Picasso died in 1973.
Gonano said he wants to keep the artwork, which features vivid shapes in opaque gouache paint.
“Maybe I’ll lend it to a museum and let them put it on display rather than putting it in a vault, so other people can enjoy it,” he told the newspaper.”
Gonano’s girlfriend, Gloria Spataro, said he liked the odds in the contest and felt optimistic. Nonetheless, she presumed he was joking when he said he’d won. “He thought the odds were actually pretty good compared to something like a lottery,” said Spataro, of Pittsburgh. “He said, ‘This will be my only chance to actually own something like this.’”
The raffle raised about $3.5 million for the International Association for the Safeguard of Tyr, a UNESCO heritage site, said Reem Chalabi, an education coordinator with the group.
Gonano and Spataro had recently begun to explore art galleries, and she had bought him a photograph by a Buddhist artist for Christmas. “I’m glad I actually gave it to him before,” she said, “because if I gave it to him afterward, that would look pretty insignificant compared to a Picasso.”