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Poodle reunited with girl who sued to get it back PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 25 November 2013 07:37

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A 10-year-old Detroit-area girl who sued her mom's ex-boyfriend for the return of her poodle has been reunited with the animal.

Hannah Wise said Mitchell Rechter wouldn't return Mystery after she and her mother moved out of his home last spring.

The Farmington Hills girl filed suit last month in Oakland County with the consent of her mother, Adrienne Lenhoff. The suit also claims Rechter won't return other items belonging to Lenhoff including jewelry, golf shoes and a Cuisinart toaster.

Hannah tells The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1cKuKcN ) that she "started crying" when she got the miniature white poodle back Friday.

Lawyers for Hannah, her mother and Rechter will discuss the case Monday. Rechter's lawyer has said the girl left the dog with him and that he'd grown attached to it.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/


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Police: Cigarettes stolen through concrete hole PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Saturday, 23 November 2013 16:43

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say five cartons of cigarettes were funneled out of a Flint store — through a concrete hole.

MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/1eoY76y ) police officers found a hole Thursday in the wall of the business. Once inside, they saw that the cash register area had been ransacked and the store owner discovered the missing cigarette cartons.

The owner says the cigarettes were worth about $325. No arrests have been made.


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Too fat to fly: Stranded Frenchman's ordeal ending PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:42

LONDON (AP) — He's been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home — and his family says it's because of he has been deemed too fat to travel. Now Frenchman Kevin Chenais' long and fitful journey is coming to an end.

A ferry company accepted Chenais on Wednesday for a trip across the English Channel, one of the last obstacles to his homecoming in the French town of Ferney-Voltaire.

Chenais, who weighs 500 pounds (230 kilograms), says he has been repeatedly refused transport over the past two weeks as he sought to get home to France from the United States. P&O Ferries offered to take him in his ambulance aboard the Spirit of Britain on Wednesday, the final hurdle keeping him from his home near the Swiss border.

"I am absolutely tired," the 22-year-old said as he slumped over in his mobility scooter just before being loaded into the ambulance.

Chenais' mother was outraged by the treatment her son allegedly received, saying he was discriminated against because of his weight.

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Ohio youth help set cup-stacking challenge record PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 08:40

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Students at several northeast Ohio schools have helped set a participation record for a cup-stacking exercise that involved more than 500,000 participants from 33 countries this year.

The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reports (http://bit.ly/1jjn8jL ) the World Sports Stacking Association notified participating schools that a record number of participants took part in the challenge last week.

Westwood Middle School physical education teacher Tricia Small says the activity mixed hand-eye coordination and physical exercises for her students. She says the challenge focused on the number of stackers, not the number of cups balanced in rows.

The stacking association says participation numbers aren't finalized but definitely beat the previous record, set last year with just under 484,000.

The association has repeatedly partnered with The Guinness Book of World Records on the cup-stacking challenge.

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Information from: The Chronicle-Telegram, http://www.chronicletelegram.com


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Florida won't repeat public python hunt next year PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 18 November 2013 14:16

MIAMI (AP) — Florida won't be repeating a public hunt meant to reduce the population of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

The state-sponsored Python Challenge attracted roughly 1,600 hunters in January and February and made headlines worldwide. It netted 68 of the snakes, the longest measuring more than 14 feet.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman said Monday that the hunt met the agency's primary goal of raising awareness about the python problem, and there will not be another hunt next year.

Instead, the state is beefing up established programs that train licensed hunters and people who regularly work in areas known to contain pythons to kill or report exotic snakes.

Researchers say the snakes, which aren't native to Florida, are eating wildlife at an alarming rate and don't have natural predators in the state.


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