Dead cats found hanging from trees in New York PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 25 April 2014 08:35
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — Necropsies will be performed on about 25 dead cats that were found inside neatly-tied plastic bags hanging from tree limbs in a New York City suburb.
Authorities say the cats found Thursday morning in a wooded area of Yonkers were in various stages of decomposition.
Ernest Lungaro is director of the SPCA of Westchester’s Humane Law Enforcement Division. He tells The Journal News newspaper that (http://lohud.us/1nJUzzM ) it appears the cats were dead before being put into the bags because any cat would have been able to claw its way out.
Authorities say it is too early to tell whether someone had killed the cats or were just disposing of their bodies.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:30
Rabbit heads found in mailboxes PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 25 April 2014 07:47
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Westfield police are investigating after severed rabbit heads were found this week in two mailboxes in this western Massachusetts town.
The Westfield News (http://bit.ly/1k8SNHx ) reports that a man called police Monday evening to report that a rabbit’s head had been left in his mother’s mailbox.
The woman says a rabbit’s head also had been left in her sister’s mailbox about four blocks away.
The heads were removed and disposed of.
Police say a hunter who saw the heads said they appeared to be from wild rabbits, not domesticated rabbits.
Police say no one in the neighborhood reported seeing anything suspicious and they are seeking the public’s help.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:30
Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 06:24

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

The York Dispatch reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1iBazDw) that Nina Davuluri posted a statement on the Miss America Organization's Facebook page saying she contacted Central York High School to ask officials to rethink the three-day in-school suspension issued to 18-year-old Patrick Farves.

Davuluri says her travel schedule will prevent her from attending the dance with Farves.

School officials knew Farves intended to ask her to prom and warned him not to do it. Fellow students cheered afterward, but Farves was suspended for misbehaving.

He apologized for disrupting Thursday's event. Davuluri was there to talk about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math studies.


Information from: The York Dispatch, http://www.yorkdispatch.com

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Mayor's menu filled up: one day, 24 restaurants PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:35

JENKINTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs can offer a guarantee to his constituents: He won't be going to bed hungry.

Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley, in a gut-busting campaign to draw attention to the tiny borough's varied restaurant scene, set out to visit all 24 of them on Saturday, starting with a pre-dawn visit to IHOP.

"With one pancake," Foley said in late afternoon. "And IHOP does not want to sell you one pancake."

The second-term Democrat said he's had to battle "mom guilt" from restaurant staff as he has eaten his way across Jenkintown, a town so small that he only needed to build in 15 minutes to walk from place to place.

"I really am having fun with it," he said shortly before his 16th stop of the day. "You feed on the energy of all these people who are excited to have you in their restaurant."

New Jersey woman sues over '8THEIST' license plate PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 13:41

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman claims she was denied a license plate proclaiming herself to be an atheist because it might be considered offensive.

Shannon Morgan said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission violated her First Amendment rights when its website rejected the plate reading "8THEIST."

The Maurice River Township woman says she also asked for a plate reading "BAPTIST" as a test. The website accepted it.

Messages and emails left for the Motor Vehicle Commission were not immediately returned. A recorded message said the offices were closed because of Good Friday.

New Jersey previously, after a brief flap, approved a request from an atheist group's president for a license plate with the word "atheist." His plate had the number one in place of the letter "i."

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