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Dad makes son wear sign for using drugs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A father says he wasn’t trying to shame his 14-year-old son when he made the boy wear a large sandwich-board sign saying, “I abused and sold drugs.”

“I’m not out here doing this to humiliate my son,” the father told WATE-TV as the teenager walked up and down the sidewalk April 18 in front of Cedar Bluff Middle School.

“I’m doing this because I love him,” he said. “We do have an extreme drug problem in America, and maybe it’s time for extreme measures that parents need to take to monitor this problem that we have.”

The man wasn’t identified by the station to protect the confidentiality of the son, but he appeared on camera. The son’s face was not shown.

The father said he recently learned after reading the boy’s MySpace page that his son was involved with marijuana and OxyContin. That’s when he decided to act, and the boy agreed to the punishment.

After a short time, the school’s principal soon came out and asked the father to call it off, which he did.

By then the boy said he’d learned his lesson. “This is embarrassing. I ain’t going to be doing it again,” the boy said. “Drugs are for losers. That’s all I can say.”

Highway closure due to bunny breakout

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BUDAPEST, Hungary – Five thousand rabbits blocked a highway April 16, tying up traffic after the truck that was carrying them collided with another vehicle and overturned.

Neither driver was hurt, but about 500 rabbits were killed, authorities said.

The M1 highway – the main road between the capitals of Hungary and Austria – was closed for hours while authorities gathered up the animals, Highway Patrol spokeswoman Viktoria Galik said.

By midday, 4,400 bunnies had been rounded up, but 100 were still roaming the fields surrounding the highway.

“Those 100 are free to go. We will not collect them,” Galik said.

The ending wasn’t so happy for the ones that were recaptured. They were expected to complete the trip to a slaughterhouse, authorities said.

Angry soccer mom accused of neglect

LINCOLN, Neb. – An angry soccer mom who left her teenage daughter alongside an interstate was ticketed for neglect, Lincoln police said April 17. Police spokeswoman Katherine Finnell confirmed this account from police reports:

The 42-year-old Lincoln mom was miffed about her daughter’s poor play on the previous Saturday.

On their drive home, the girl flubbed the lines her mom had drilled into her on how to improve her game, so the mother slapped her daughter.

The girl told her mom to pull over. The mom did, near the downtown Lincoln exit off Interstate 80.

The mom yelled at the girl to get out. When she did, her mom drove off.

A teammate’s parent spotted the girl alongside the interstate, stopped to pick her up, and then took her to their home and called police.

Smoke break saves S.C. woman from tree

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Smoking just might have saved Brenda Comer’s life.

She said she had just finished washing dishes Monday and stepped outside to smoke a cigarette when an 80-foot oak tree crashed through her roof, landing across the sink where she had been standing just seconds before.

“Honey, I know you fuss at me for smoking,” Comer said she told her husband. “But today it saved my life.”

The tree, felled by strong wind, also missed the couple’s adult daughter, who was at the other end of the house.

The family’s insurance agent said they could not live there after the tree cut the kitchen and living room in half.

Conservation officer: Wolf chased cars

BRIMSON, Minn. – When conservation officer Steve Peterson got a call that a timber wolf was chasing vehicles on a country road near Brimson, he thought it was prank or a misidentified German shepherd. But then he saw it firsthand.

“I couldn’t believe it. It was like a dog chasing cars,” Peterson said. “It looked like a big, healthy male wolf. No mange.”

Responding to the call last Friday, Peterson saw the animal hide in the ditch as a pickup approached and then come bounding out to chase it.

The wolf did the same when Peterson drove to that spot, where he stopped his vehicle.

“He hung around for a minute or 90 seconds and then walked off. I haven’t heard any more reports since then,” Peterson said. “I don’t know if it was protecting some food or what. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve seen turkeys and ducks and geese chase after people’s cars, but never a wolf before.”

Roughly 3,000 wolves live in northern Minnesota. Usually, wolves stay away from people and vehicles.