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A big cat has Detroit residents on alert

DETROIT (AP) — Stray dogs are a common sight in Detroit. What about a big cat?

The Detroit Free Press reports that many residents on the city's northeast side have seen what appears to be an exotic cat, perhaps as tall as 4 feet, roaming the streets. The Michigan Humane Society says it will try to find the cat.

Antwaun Asberry, a 6-foot-5 Detroiter, says the cat's tail is longer than his arm. The cat has large black spots and stripes, according to a photo.

Fourteen-year-old Paul Hatley says the cat stared back at him when he saw it a few days ago. He says the encounter scared him.

Neighborhood association leader Vondell Boyer wonders what will happen when the cat runs out of rabbits and other small animals to eat.

Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Grand Rapids police catch a pig, post him online 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — To serve and protect is a common police motto. In western Michigan, it extends even to pigs.

Grand Rapids police say they rescued a 6-month-old pig named Ramone on Thursday. The pet got away from his home in the city's Eastown neighborhood and approached Officer Jeremy Huffman.

Huffman put the porker in the back seat of a squad car. Grand Rapids police posted a picture on its Facebook page, where it's received more than 1,000 "likes" and more than 100 comments.

Please hold the jokes. The department says it's heard them all.

Online: http://on.fb.me/pcfrhj

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Fire lends Oregon town's water smoky taste and smell 

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Residents of an Oregon town on the Columbia River gorge have complained about a smoky taste and smell in their water.

Turns out, it wasn't their imaginations: Public health authorities say a nearby wildfire burning in a drainage basin contributed the sooty aroma to the town's drinking water.

The Dalles Chronicle reports the fire dropped burning debris into the stream.

Aside from the aesthetic issues, authorities say the water poses no health risks.

The city is considering mixing in well water from city reservoirs to dilute the water affected by the fire. They are also evaluating options at the local water treatment plant.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Pennsylvania clown couple ties the knot, no foolin'

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — They say only fools rush in, but these two clowns are pretty serious about each other.

Patty Kulwicki reeled Bill Tedeski in — literally, with a fishing pole — as the couple tied the knot Friday at Clownfest 2013, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News reported.

The bit was one the Pittsburgh couple had performed two years ago at the same festival. When it won first place, Tedeski remembers jokingly suggesting they get married in a similar way.

But this ceremony was no joke — even if the rings were pulled out of a Crack Jack box.

"Clowning just means so much to him," Kulwicki said of Tedeski. "I couldn't think of anything that would make him happier."

Tedeski, who has performed as a clown for 41 years, wore a fake nose, black lipstick, and full clown regalia. Kulwicki wore a flaming red wig and a red dot on her nose, with a lace headband the lone accessory to the same gown she'd worn for the skit.

Tedeski said he's been married before, but Kulwicki is the first wife who has taken part in the clowning with him, and together they are a team. "We mesh so wonderfully," he said.

Guests got in on the act and so did the officiant, a fellow clown.

It was not the first nuptials for Kulwicki and Tedeski, but it was their first clown wedding.

"And the last!" Kulwicki said, laughing.



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