WALL STREET PROTESTS-PILLOW TALK
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn't thinking about the Occupy Wall Street protests -- while he's in bed. His live-in girlfriend is Diana Taylor, who's on the board of directors of Brookfield Office Properties. That's the company that owns Zuccotti Park, where the protesters are camping out. Mayor Bloomberg says his "pillow talk" doesn't include the anti-Wall Street demonstrations or his girlfriend's business interests.
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- There's something big behind bars at the Rhode Island state prison. Inmate Elena Hall has grown a 260-pound pumpkin. Guards planted the seed in March and put Hall in charge of taking care of the orange gourd. She calls her prison pumpkin Miss Demeanor. WPRI-TV reports Hall fed her pumpkin a diet of country music -- by putting headphones on it. Hall says she wants to stay with gardening when she's set free.
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) -- Pot workers -- unite! Medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado are looking for support from the union label. They're joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Daniel Rush, an organizer for the union, says the labor group can help in legal battles. While medicinal pot is legal under Colorado law, it's still against federal law. Proponents of medical marijuana say it contributes millions of tax dollars to the Colorado economy. But a ballot measure in Fort Collins would ban marijuana businesses in that city.
RECORD WEATHER OBSERVER
SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) -- How's the weather? Ninety-one-year-old Ruth Everhart knows. She's been keeping an eye on the sky for the National Weather Service for nearly 64 years. The Indiana senior is being honored for being the longest-serving weather observer in the state. And she's not ready to hang up her thermometer just yet. Everhart says she would like to be an official weather observer for another year. But she tells a local paper (The Tribune of Seymour) that 65 years of tracking temps and rainfall will probably be enough.
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Sneaking a drink of holy water didn't get Ruby the beagle in trouble. She was one of the canines at the Blessing of the Dogs in a Kentucky park over the weekend. Father Matthew Young of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Covington got the tails wagging. The dog lovers are also helping their fellow humans. The Kentucky Enquirer reports donations collected at the canine celebration will help stock the church's food pantry.
PAY PHONE GRAVEYARD
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- Where do pay phones go to die? The basement of Interwest Communications in Washington state. The company is a leading pay phone vendor in the region. But now there are rows of the dented and damaged phones in the company's cellar. The pay phone is a dying technology, pushed aside pay cell phones. Company officials tell a local paper (Wenatchee World) pay phones just don't make enough money for many of their customers.
by Jamie Friar
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