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Weird National Briefs - 09/03/14

September 3, 2014
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Sign of the times

WINOOSKI, Vt. - A Vermont restaurant that removed a bacon advertisement called insensitive to vegans and Muslims is being criticized for doing so.

Sneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski last week took down a sign saying ``Yield for Sneakers Bacon'' after comments were posted in an online community forum by ``a vegan and a member of a Muslim household.'' Vegans and Muslims don't eat pork.

Sneakers' menu features items including a breakfast sandwich with homemade turkey bacon. Owner Marc Dysinger says the sign was meant to be fun and to show the restaurant cares about Winooski, a city of 7,000 residents with many Muslim families.

The Burlington Free Press reports people have criticized the restaurant for what they feel was an unnecessary move. The restaurant has hired a public-relations firm to help it deal with the bad publicity.

TME Bacon should bring people together, not tear them apart.

Totally forked

RIVERHEAD, N.Y.- Authorities on Long Island are asking for the public's help in finding a forklift thief.

The bright yellow vehicle went missing Monday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. from its parking spot near a building in Riverhead.

One or more people used a flatbed tow truck with a white cab to remove the Caterpillar forklift.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-220-TIPS.

TME This is clearly part of a Danny Ocean heist.

Getting ahead

AUSTIN, Texas- Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas.

Homicide Detective Derek Israel said Wednesday that foul play is not suspected and that he just wants to know how the adult skull came to be left at the Goodwill store.

Goodwill store staff discovered the skull while sifting through donations on July 16. A spokeswoman says it could have been gifted up to a week prior to its discovery.

No other details about it have been released.

This is at least the fourth skull to be donated to the international nonprofit this summer. Three were donated in July to a Goodwill store in Bellevue, Washington.

TME Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Goodwill.

Bargain baby

ROSWELL, Ga.- Labor Day came early for a Roswell woman who gave birth inside a Walmart near Atlanta.

Authorities say the baby made its arrival shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday in the Walmart Supercenter on Mansell Road in Roswell.

Ken Simpson, regional director for the Rural/Metro ambulance company, says the woman delivered her baby inside the store before paramedics could arrive.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the new mother and her baby were taken to Northside Hospital for evaluation.

Walmart officials did not immediately return the Atlanta newspaper's call for comment late Tuesday.

The woman's name wasn't released, and it wasn't immediately known whether she was a customer or an employee.

Walmart Supercenter No. 1578 is about 20 miles north of downtown Atlanta.

TME You really can get just about anything at Walmart.

Bear necessities

FARMINGTON, Maine- The person who broke into an off-the-grid cabin in remote western Maine didn't get away with money, jewelry or other valuables. Police say the thief took a pair of bear heads.

Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols says a Waterboro family reported last week that someone had broken into their cabin in secluded Alder Stream Township sometime over the summer.

Nichols tells the Morning Sentinel the family hadn't been to the cabin since April, so the exact time of the break-in is not known.

In addition to the stuffed bear heads, the thief also made off with two lawn chairs and three flashlights. The sheriff says the cabin's futons appear to have been slept in.

The owner said the bear heads had been in the family for 40 years.

TME This is basically the opening to a gritty reboot of 'Goldilocks.'

Tortoise tech

ASPEN, Colo.- Three tortoises wearing iPads for a controversial Aspen, Colorado, art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian's request because of wet, cool weather.

The tortoises at the Aspen Art Museum were taken to undisclosed conservation site on Monday, less than three weeks after the exhibit opened. The Aspen Art Museum says the conservation site will be the permanent home for the African sulcata tortoises.

The Aspen Times reports that museum insists the removal was not a response to backlash against the art installation. The tortoises each had two iPads affixed to their shells with a silicone epoxy, and more than 18,000 people signed a petition opposing the installation.

Though the tortoises have been removed, the exhibit will remain in Aspen through Oct. 5.

TME You hate to see a product recall, but we all knew the iTortoise was a bad idea.

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