Oddities
Circus elephants escape, damage parking lot cars PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 23 March 2014 06:33

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say three elephants escaped from their handlers at a circus near St. Louis and damaged several vehicles in the parking lot before they were recaptured.

Television station KMOV reports that the female elephants escaped from the the children's ride section of the Moolah Shrine Circus at the Family Arena in St. Charles.

TV station KSDK says the circus issued a statement saying the handlers were able to occupy the animals and that "they are now resting comfortably in their compound at this time."

Police say that the animals also damaged the venue's loading door.


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Cat whisperer heading to Oregon after attack PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by SUE MANNING, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:18

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The large cat that attacked a baby and trapped an Oregon family in a bedroom touched off an Internet uproar that worries Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell."

Cats don't become ferocious felines that turn on their families for no reason, says the cat behavior expert, who is heading to Portland soon to work with the 4-year-old part-Himalayan pet named Lux. Galaxy will film the visit for his show's fifth season, which kicks off April 26.

"Every parental site on the Internet blames the cat for this confrontation. Every pet site blames the family," he said, adding that something is wrong if the cat is acting out. "We need to step away from the hysteria. There is a story behind all this. Don't assume anything."

Lux became a worldwide phenomenon after owner Lee Palmer called 911 and said the cat had cornered him, his girlfriend, their baby and the family dog inside a room.

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Colorado county says toilets in tree are not art PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:51

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Code enforcement officers in Colorado are agreeing with neighbors who say several toilets hanging from a tree in a community near Colorado Springs are not art.

El Paso County Code Enforcement Officer Gayle Jackson is disputing claims by an unidentified homeowner who says the toilets are works of art and will be used as bird feeders. The man says he will take the commodes down, but he still plans to keep them on his property. So far, no citations have been issued.

According to KRDO-TV (http://tinyurl.com/mkgbfgo ), the county says the rubbish ordinance is designed to protect the public health, safety and welfare of citizens by eliminating and controlling rubbish in the county.

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Information from: KRDO-TV, http://www.krdo.com/


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Students hold festive protest of canceled vacation PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:49

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — What happens when your college won't let you go on spring break? You bring spring break to your college.

About a dozen students at Northampton Community College in eastern Pennsylvania wore flip-flops, plastic leis and tank tops to class in a good-natured protest on Tuesday.

The school canceled this week's vacation to make up for excessive snow days this winter.

Administrators say they understand students' frustration. So they joined in the fun, setting up a Tiki bar in the food court to serve nonalcoholic drinks with paper umbrellas.

College President Mark Erickson even wore a lei and played pingpong with students.

But all the festivities can't change the still-chilly weather in Bethlehem.

Efrain Lopez tells WFMZ-TV: "The drink's nice, but I'd rather be on spring break."


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Touchdown Hank! Brewers' pup lands in Milwaukee PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:18

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Taken in by the Brewers, stray dog Hank is safe at his new home.

The team's celebrity canine arrived in Milwaukee on Sunday on a plane filled with team sponsors and employees returning from Arizona.

Hank, thought to be a bichon frise mix, walked on to the Brewers' spring training complex in Phoenix last month. Members of the organization took turns taking care of Hank while they looked for the owner.

No one came forward, so the family of a team executive in Milwaukee will take in Hank for good.

Hank was treated like a celebrity upon arriving in Milwaukee. Mayor Tom Barrett joked the dog had turned into a "pup-culture icon."

The dog is making its Miller Park debut Tuesday when official Hank attire is unveiled.


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