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HUNTINGTON, N.Y. - Workers at a New York state animal shelter said they were seeking people to donate erectile dysfunction pill Viagra to treat a dog's heart condition. Employees at the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Huntington said Ingrid, a 6-year-old pit bull, requires two of the pills each day to treat a heart condition, WPIX-TV, New York, reported. The workers said they were asking for donations of the pills, which were
originally developed as a potential heart medication, due to the $10 per pill cost for Ingrid. …….
Police in Stevens Point, Wisc., received several complaints of someone shooting blow darts out of a van at pedestrians as it drove by. After the fourth such report, they arrested Paula Wolf, 41, from Plover. After several denials, Wolf admitted the drive-by shootings because, investigators say, "she liked to hear people say 'ouch'." If convicted, Wolf faces up to 12-1/2 years in prison. (Wausau Daily Herald) …….
An April ABC News TV report featured a Westford, Mass., couple as the face of the "radical unschooling" philosophy. Which challenges both the formal classroom system and "home schooling." Typically, "home-schooling" parents believe they can organize their kids' educations better than schools can, but "unschoolers" simply put kids on their own, free to decide by themselves what, or whether, to learn any of the traditional school subjects. There is no punishment, no judgment, no discipline. The key, said parent Christine Yablonski, "is that you've got to trust your kids." For example, "If they [decide that they] need formal algebra understanding . . . they'll find that information." [ABC News] …….
A 62-year-old man suffered second-degree burns after launching himself on a makeshift, rocket-powered sled in Independence Township, Mich.. Witnesses said he put on a helmet, then strapped a contraption consisting of a motorcycle muffler, a pipe, gunpowder, match heads, and gasoline on his back, and had someone light the wick to send him blasting through the snow. [WDIV-TV (Detroit)] ……. (was alcohol involved?) …….Short Bits:
1. The newest "protected class" in Canadian anti-discrimination law: "non-Jewish shiksas." (National Post) …….
2. Lawrenceville, Ga., is trying to balance its 2010 budget, and to do that, the town will need those bonuses back that it mistakenly paid city workers . . in 1994. (Associated Press) …….
3. A school bus driver in Milwaukee was fired for routinely taking dumps on her bus, into plastic bags, which she would toss out at her earliest convenience. (WITI-TV (Milwaukee)) …….
4. When this thing happens, it usually precedes a beating, as it did here, too: Police inadvertently threw their main witness to an attempted murder into the same cell with the attempted murderer. (St. Paul Pioneer Press) ……. Finally…….
It's for charity this time, but the animal rights people still cut them no slack. A veteran of the British sport of "ferret-legging" proposes an exhibition as a special fund-raiser. (Real British men do not get squeamish when a razor-toothed ferret is dropped down their baggy pants.) Alas, the ferrets are alleged to get all stressed at this. (Daily Telegraph) ……. (any takers?)