Thursday, April 24, 2008

Retired Men Drill Team

Shelter dog nurses 9 kittens

A dog in Burlington, Iowa, is taking care of nine kittens that lost their own mother. "She does everything momma cat would do," said Angie Beard, a worker at the Des Moines County Humane Society. "She's excellent."Lilly Lou, as shelter workers call her, is nursing nine kittens, the results of three litters that all lost their mothers.Beard initially gave Lilly two kittens, hoping she would take to them while the rest were bottle fed. Shelter workers were hopeful that Lilly would accept more kittens as their chances for survival being bottle fed weren't very high.
Lilly, who recently had six puppies of her own and is expecting another litter, immediately took to her new charges, which Beard and other shelter workers have dubbed "pittens," or puppy kittens. "If one of them crawls out of bed, she'll follow it around the room and then take it back to the bed," Beard said. "She cleans them just like her own puppies; she feeds them just like her own puppies." The kittens are three and four weeks old now and will stay with Lilly until they are six weeks old.

Sat Nav sends mini-bus into river

A mini-bus owned by a taxi firm called Streamline was left stranded after a satellite navigation system guided it into a river.
The driver was on his way to collect a fare in Castle Acre, near King's Lynn, Norfolk, on Saturday night when he took a wrong turn into the River Nar.
A spokeswoman for the King's Lynn-based business said: 'The driver told us he was following his sat nav and, when it told him to carry straight on, he did, even though it was taking him along the river.'
The vehicle was removed on Sunday and is being examined by mechanics.

Student booted from school after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance

A public high school student's refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance got her booted from class in Hamilton County until a lawyer explained that her actions are religious.
Eighteen-year-old Tyner Academy senior Quinesha Garrett was removed this week from daytime classes and ordered to night school, where the pledge is not recited.
After meeting with her lawyer, school administrators reversed themselves and a school district spokeswoman said Garrett was being allowed to return to daytime classes Wednesday. Garrett told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that she is a devout Christian and believes she should not pledge her allegiance to anyone but God. Clark said that once school administrators became aware of Garrett's reason, "they nullified the transfer."