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Court orders apology for insult to dog

WARSAW, Poland – A Warsaw court has ordered an opposition party to apologize publicly to the speaker of parliament for making what the court said were false claims about him and his dog in a campaign ad, a court spokesman said recently.

The Left and Democrats opposition party claimed in a radio ad ahead of Oct. 21 general elections that Parliamentary Speaker Ludwik Dorn’s schnauzer Saba destroyed furniture in government offices he used in his previous post as interior minister, and that Dorn had refused to pay for the damage.

The party accused the ruling Law and Justice party, to which Dorn belongs, of misusing public money.

Wojciech Malek, a spokesman for Warsaw’s district court, said that the court determined that the information was false and ordered the Left and Democrats – an alliance of ex-communists and center-right politicians – to apologize in radio broadcasts that must run three times over three days.

The court ordered the party to say in the ad that its electoral committee “apologizes for spreading untrue information alleging that his dog Saba destroyed furniture in the ministry, that is, that it chewed it and that Ludwik Dorn did not pay for the destroyed goods.”

The claims about Dorn and his dog were first made by the weekly magazine Wprost in an article last month citing an unspecified anonymous source.

Dog saves family from fire blamed on cat

GREENVILLE, Maine – Thumper, a black Labrador retriever, is getting credit for saving a Greenville man when a fire swept through his home.

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Roland Cote said his wife and their 7-year-old grandson were away when the blaze started early in a converted two-story garage. He said Thumper grabbed him by the arm to wake him, leaving just enough time for him to dial 911 before fleeing the fast-moving fire.

While the dog is the hero, a cat is the bad guy in this story.

Cote said the fire marshal investigator believes the blaze was started when Princess, the family cat, tipped over a kerosene lantern. Cote says he and his pets escaped safely, but he says Princess did get her tail singed by the flames.


Pizza man accused of making fake ‘dough’

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – A pizzeria owner has been accused of making his own dough, counterfeit money, in a room behind the oven. Police said recently that they found $6,000 in fake bills, along with printing equipment and cutting devices, in a back office at The Brick Oven Pizza Shop, near the village Police Department.

Frank Donato, 39, of Dobbs Ferry, owner of the restaurant and an adjacent ice cream stand, was arrested Tuesday and charged with 16 counts of forgery. Sgt. Harold Young said in a statement that Donato had used the equipment “to print and subsequently distribute counterfeit United States currency.”

Donato pleaded innocent at his arraignment and posted $7,500 bail, said his attorney, Bruce Bendish.

Bendish said the equipment seized was “what you’d consider standard equipment in any kind of business.” He said he would need time to investigate the charges and expected the case to be adjourned.


Family manages to find rings at landfill

PHILADELPHIA – A family recovered their mother’s lost wedding rings after searching through nearly a thousand bags of trash at a suburban landfill.

Susan Myers, 83, of Downingtown, lost the jewelry at Paoli Hospital, where she was taken Sept. 29 after collapsing at her husband’s funeral. Her family had removed the rings, a pearl bracelet and a 50th anniversary ring in the emergency room and placed them in a rubber glove tied with a knot.

The glove was later misplaced, then mistakenly thrown away.

Frantic searches the next day eventually led the family to Frank Dabney, the hospital employee who emptied the trash from Myers’ room. He told them their only hope was to search the landfill in Honey Brook where the hospital’s trash is taken.

“One in a million, is what I told them,” Dabney said. “I told them, ‘You only got one shot, and it’s a long shot – a real long shot.'”

Myers’ family hired Dabney to help, and on Oct. 2 the group of six spent several hours picking through the garbage.

By afternoon, Dabney had found the glove.

“I could feel the pearls. I shook it and could hear the rings,” Dabney said.

That evening, Myers’ family gave her back her jewelry. No one told her at the time where it had been.