PIGEON WITH BEDAZZLED VEST REUNITED WITH OWNER
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — For most of us, it’s hard to tell one pigeon from another. So you might think if a pet pigeon were to fly the coop, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to track it down and return it to its owner. But Olive the pet pigeon is different — because its owners decked it out in a rhinestone-studded vest. That was a big help when Olive got away a little over two weeks ago. Someone brought it to the Fallen Feathers bird rescue center in Peoria, Arizona, vest and all. The center’s director figured the bedazzled vest was a sign its owners would be looking for the bird. So she posted a picture of the bird — and the vest — on Facebook. Owner Marlette Fernando says a friend spotted the post and alerted her. Olive, Fernando and her husband are all back together now.
BEARS - CHOCOLATE
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Everyone knows what wild bears do in the woods. But if you’ve ever wondered what bears do when they have access to a bunch of chocolate, here’s your answer. A North Carolina bear and its three cubs were caught on video breaking into a car to eat dozens of chocolate bars in the vehicle, parked in the wooded lot of an Asheville home. A TV station received cellphone video of the bears hopping in and out of a Toyota Prius as they wolfed down about 50 bars of chocolate that had been for a school fundraiser. The car was left unlocked, and bears can open unlocked doors. As you can imagine, with a quartet of bears and dozens of chocolate bars, the family says there was quite a mess left behind, including rips in some backseat cushions.
“I LOVE NY” SIGNS
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It’s not that officials in New York have fallen out of love with the state. But those driving through it are likely to see fewer highway signs featuring the iconic “I Love NY” slogan along the shoulders. Hundreds of the signs have been removed from the New York State Thruway System as part of a deal with the federal government. The deal calls for the state transportation department and the Thruway Authority to get rid of about 400 large signs — so the state can keep getting about $14 million in federal highway funding. The signs are now gone — taken down in time to meet a deadline set for yesterday afternoon. And that means a chunk of federal dollars will continue to flow to the now-compliant Empire State.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II