Today In History
1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.
1871, The National Rifle Association was incorporated.
1963, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
1971, a hijacker calling himself “Dan Cooper" (but who became popularly known as “D.B. Cooper") parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 after receiving $200,000 dollars in ransom — his fate remains unknown.
Rock drummer Pete Best is 71
Actress Katherine Heigl is 34
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Purina's Latest Ad Leaves Dog Lovers a Blubbering Mess...
A good TV commercial can make you laugh, but a great ad can make you cry. By that standard, Purina and Leo Burnett's "Inside Every Good Dog Is a Great Dog," set to the Tony Rogers song "Great," is a pretty great ad.
The spot has been airing during coverage of the Purina-sponsored Westminster Dog Show, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Actually, it's impressive that so many people are able to tweet and post on facebook through their tears. Such an emotional response is always appreciated by advertisers, but especially so in this case, where Purina is replacing longtime event sponsor Pedigree.
Rogers is selling the song on his website, and will donate all proceeds to Pro Plan's Rally to Rescue, a charity that helps find homes for dogs.
This church is full of BS... not bull... Bird!!!
A hatch on a Swedish church tower inadvertently left open for some three decades resulted in 2 tons of pigeon droppings amassing in the tower.
The church's property manager says the layer of droppings was 12 inches deep when it was discovered during a May inspection.
Church staff had been shocked by the sheer number of bags of excrement cleaners were removing from the tower. The droppings filled 80 bags in the first round of cleaning, and then just as many in the second round.
Deer use automatic doors to enter Iowa store...
Shoppers in Iowa got an unusual glimpse of wildlife this week when a doe and two fawns wandered into a department store.
Coralville Police Chief Barry Bedford says the deer used doors that open automatically to get into a Kohl's store.
He says the fawns stayed in the store's vestibule, but their mother made it into the store and headed toward the back.
Police say employees opened up some back doors and the doe exited. The two fawns turned around and used the automatic exit doors to leave the store.
No injuries or damage was reported.
An Antelope is on the lamb... in.... Rhode Island
Rhode Island environmental officials are asking residents to report any sightings of an antelope that escaped from a private wildlife collection in Hopkinton.
The Department of Environmental Management says the 500-pound animal was being rounded up for relocation to Texas when it escaped. The antelope belongs to a species native to Asia and is described as resembling a large brown deer without antlers.
A highly trained English Labrador retriever, isn’t just a 15-year-old boy’s best friend. The Diabetic Alert Dog also is Christian Poorten’s lifeline.
Just last week the dog sensed that Christian’s blood sugar was dangerously low and awakening him from a sound sleep.
Terry Poorten, Christian’s mother, and Robyn Abels, executive director of Power Paws Assistance Dogs, are convinced Quail saved the boy’s life.
Abels said Christian’s blood-sugar level had plunged to a rating of 25 where 80 is the norm.
Terry Poorten said Christian was taking a nap that day. She said she wanted to let him sleep, realizing he had played a lot of basketball.
But then, she heard the doorbell-like alarm that sounds when Quail pushes a button on the floor near Christain’s bed with her paw, letting everyone know his blood sugar is low.
Mom immediately gave her son some orange juice to boost his blood sugar, and Christian gradually recovered.
Quail also is trained to bring Christian his meter, to bring him a box of orange juice and to sit up whenever she senses he has low blood sugar.
Power Paws has placed about 10 Diabetic Alert Dogs, which cost $22,000 each because they require two years of training. Customers pay $6,000, and the remainder comes from donations to the non-profit corporation.
In all, Power Paws has placed 73 dogs since it was founded in 2001, with the other dogs helping people with mobility and hearing impairments.
A dog must be at least 80percent accurate before it is placed with a diabetic person, which is about the same accuracy as a meter.
Some things will just leave you shaking your head...
A man who pleaded guilty in the slaughter of dozens of sled dogs in British Columbia will not spend time in prison, a judge has ruled.
Provincial Court Judge Steve Merrick concluded that Robert Fawcett had the "best interests" of the dogs at heart when he culled the pack near Whistler after a slump in business following the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
While Merrick said he agreed with a psychiatrist's assessment that Fawcett's actions were the result of mental instability, the judge noted: "(You) ought to have anticipated the possibility of the horrific circumstances that could result."
"It is beyond comprehension as to how this could have occurred," the judge said.