GRITTY VS. TRUMP
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — He’s orange-hued, a little on the raucous side — and people definitely have mixed feelings about him. And he was spotted at a presidential appearance in Philadelphia yesterday. But it’s probably not who you’re thinking of. We’re talking about the new Philadelphia Flyers mascot, Gritty — a bearded orange monster the team created to help rally the fan base. About 100 protesters gathered near the Philadelphia Convention Center, where Donald Trump spoke to the National Electrical Contractors Convention. Some of the protesters brandished homemade signs of Gritty. And those were the nice ones. Other signs included expletives telling Trump he was unwelcome in the City of Brotherly Love. One sign said Philadelphia only has room for one orange monster. Philadelphia has a somewhat checkered relationship with the president. In June, Trump canceled a White House celebration of the Eagles’ Super Bowl win after it became apparent many players wouldn’t attend.
PHILADELPHIA STATUE TOPPLED
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — So, what’s the deal with vandals and a Viking statue that stands along a river that runs through Philadelphia? Police say troublemakers tipped the statue over — and into a river. The statue is of Thorfinn Karlsefni, an Icelandic explorer — and police say the 7-foot-4 sculpture weighing several thousand pounds was found submerged in the Schuylkill (SKOO’-kul) River early yesterday morning. No arrests have been made in the vandalism. It isn’t the first time the statue has been targeted. In the past, vandals have spray painted it — and the statue was recently the site of white nationalist demonstrations.
DOG RETURNED AFTER BEING MISSING FOR FIVE YEARS
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — It took a while. But a Connecticut family has been reunited with their dog Lady, who’d been missing for five years. The Norwich Bulletin reports animal control officials found a 17-year-old dachshund last week in the parking lot in a city park. The dog had lost most of her sight and hearing. Because the dog had a microchip, authorities were able to identify the owners, Rick and Michelle Riendeau — and reunited them on Monday. Rick Riendeau says he had feared the dog had wandered off into the woods and killed by a predator. He describes Lady as “the greatest dog” they’ve ever had.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II