PETS-DOG SCOUTS OF AMERICA
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They've got badges and campouts, and troops in 22 states. The Dog Scouts of America is a half-human, half-hound organization that goes about the business of doing good deeds. There are 682 Dog Scouts that belong to 38 troops across the country. The organization has around 80 badges for achievement, but not all dogs can earn all of them. In fact, dogs are not required to earn badges beyond the first one, for basic obedience. The dog scout organization was founded 13 years ago by Lonnie Olson. Olson's boxer mix, is a model Scout with about 45 badges. Olson says community service is part of any good Scout program. Olson says DSA members raise about $10,000 a year for the Salvation Army and participate in several Christmas projects.
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) -- Hate waiting in line? Consumer Reports subscribers say their biggest peeve at grocery stores is the shortage of open checkouts. They don't like cluttered aisles, either. Or out-of-stock specials. The magazine asked subscribers to rate their grocers and answer questions about their shopping. More than 24,000 responded. The readers were high on the national chains Trader Joe's and Publix. They also like Wegmans and Fareway stores. The magazine says shoppers average 83 grocery trips a year and spend over $5,000 a year. It suggests shoppers use a store's flyer, coupons and loyalty card, compare unit prices and buy store brands.
JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of pets have new homes. Several southern California animal shelters have placed 400 dogs and cats in a single day with some help from the ASPCA. Spokesman John Welsh says people came from miles away to shelters in Riverside city and county for the adoptions. Vets are working this week to spay and neuter the animals. Welsh says 320 dogs and 80 cats were adopted Saturday. Unofficially the event may have set a national record for adoptions in a day. Welsh says a record isn't as important as how many pets were saved in a day.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- A new museum in England is going to chronicle the history of the world's obsession with the Titanic. Sometimes that obsession seems to border on the absurd. Memorabilia items include black Titanic "mourning" teddy bears, pale Iceberg beer, a Titanic Barbie doll and the "Tubtanic" bath plug. The SeaCity Museum in Southampton will explain how the world has reported, retold, and sometimes become fixated on the ship that sank in April 1912. The first temporary exhibit, "Titanic: The Legend," looks at how the circumstances of the ship's voyage became so interesting to so many people. A world map charts some of the 1,160 Titanic memorials spread across 34 countries, including India, Croatia and Russia. Screens broadcast clips from five different Titanic films, from James Cameron's global blockbuster "Titanic" to the 1912 silent film, "In Night and Ice," which came out just weeks after the ship sank. The museum has a wide range of kitsch. The "Tubtanic" bath plug lets you splash along with a toy version of the ocean liner as you wash your hair. There are paperweights, Titanic-branded golf balls, molds to make ship- and iceberg-shaped ice cubes, jigsaw puzzles, and video games.
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) -- A caped crusader who dresses as Batman in Maine's Bar Harbor says he's learned his lesson after an April Fool's prank led to his arrest on a terrorizing charge. Christopher Schwartz, known as "Bar Harbor Batman," posted on his Facebook page on April 1 that he would blow up a hospital unless he was paid $1 million. The posting got him arrested this past weekend. Police say Schwartz told them he was kidding. An officer told the Bangor Daily News Schwartz asked officers if they'd brought the money. Schwartz is known for dressing as Batman and dancing with his boombox. He has apologized on his Facebook page for "any panic or mass hysteria" that he caused.
MARITIME PETS MUSEUM
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- From pirates' parrots to canine and feline military mascots, the Museum of Maritime Pets will have it all. The museum is the pet project of a Maryland woman who has been gathering books, photos and paintings commemorating maritime pets and posting the information online. Pat Sullivan's files go all the way back to Noah and the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Phoenicia. Now, with a five-member board of directors, a number of volunteers and official status as a non-profit organization, she wants to take the museum from virtual to reality. She's looking to raise rent money for a space for the museum.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.