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Wayward squirrel blamed for $300,000 in damage PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 11 April 2014 08:15

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say a wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to a Fort Wayne community center set to open in June.

Parks Department officials say the squirrel got into the electrical equipment of the building in McMillen Park last week, causing a power surge that damaged the heating and air conditioning systems and some parts of the boiler system. The squirrel didn't survive.

The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1gf701J ) parks director Al Moll said the repairs will be covered by insurance, minus the department's $50,000 deductible. Crews are working to make repairs so the center can open as planned on June 7.

A nearly $2 million project is transforming the former McMillen Ice Arena into a community center with basketball courts, an indoor track and other activities.

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Man with first name 'God' sues credit rating agency PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 11 April 2014 07:08

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God.

According to the New York Post (http://bit.ly/1evP6XW ), God Gazarov of Brooklyn says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate.

He says an Equifax customer service representative even suggested that he change his name to resolve the issue.

Gazarov is a Russian native who is named after his grandfather.

The 26-year-old owns a Brighton Beach jewelry store and is a graduate of Brooklyn College.

He says he has high scores with two other major credit agencies.

The Post says Equifax did not return calls or emails seeking comment.

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In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by DIDI TANG, Associated Press   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:35

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city's choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.

He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and collectors late last month, and it fetched 5,250 yuan ($860).

"Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar," Liang said in an interview. "This is my way to question China's foul air and express my dissatisfaction."

Liang's work is part of a gust of recent artistic protest — and entrepreneurial gimmickry — reflecting widespread dissatisfaction over air quality in China, where cities often are immersed days on end in harmful pollutants at levels many times what is considered safe by the World Health Organization. The chronic problem has spurred brisk markets for dust masks and home air purifiers.

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PETA drops restaurant proposal for Dahmer house PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:08

BATH, Ohio (AP) — A national animal welfare group says it has abandoned the idea of turning serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home in Ohio into a vegan restaurant.

Moira Colley, spokeswoman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, tells The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1g5BAOr ) the group "won't be able to move forward" with the proposal to convert the large northeast Ohio house into a restaurant called Eat For Life: Home Cooking.

The idea was floated by PETA last week after it was announced that the house near Akron was again up for sale.

The real estate agent, Richard Lubinski of Stouffer Realty, said Tuesday he was not surprised.

Given PETA's history of publicity stunts, he said, "it doesn't take a rocket scientist" to determine it probably wasn't a serious offer.

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Computer support call leads to burglary arrest PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:55

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Mike Witonis got an email from Apple thanking him for calling customer service about his laptop computer. Problem is, someone had stolen it from him a year earlier.

Police eventually arrested 24-year-old Casey Wentworth of Portsmouth on Monday and charged him with burglary. He's accused of taking the laptop from Witonis' home in Dover in February 2013.

When the break-in happened, police said they couldn't identify any suspects. Detectives contacted Apple and the laptop's serial number was flagged.

When Witonis got the email, he contacted police, who said the person who called customer service used the serial number of the stolen computer.

Witonis tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1k2NLgi ) the discovery was sort of shocking.

Wentworth is scheduled to be arraigned on May 2. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.


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