community rallies behind utility gnomes
Small paintings of gnomes that have popped up on utility poles have become a community sensation in Oakland, prompting Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to say Tuesday that it will keep them in place for now. The hand-painted portraits on 6-inch blocks of wood began going up last year in an apparent effort to brighten up the blue-collar California city. There are more than 2,000 of the images on utility poles.
Cookie Monster linked to heist
Missing: One golden cookie, weighing around 44 pounds. Suspect: The Cookie Monster? The rectangular gilded bronze sculpture was part of a statue gracing the facade of German cookie baker Bahlsen's Hannover office. The company has offered $1,350 for information leading to the cookie's recovery. A police statement said a local newspaper received a picture Tuesday showing someone in an outfit similar to Sesame Street's Cookie Monster holding a golden cookie.
going to the dogs
Newspapers still proving useful
San Francisco's animal control agency is proving that the print editions of newspapers remain just as vital in the digital age. The agency relies on the papers to line cages and catch its puppies' poop. It is now turning to the city's public library to ensure a consistent newspaper supply. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the agency will pick up newspapers from the library about twice a month.
Sound the alarm
'Don't Honk' signs being removed
New York City's "Don't Honk" signs are coming down, but it's still against the law to blow a car horn unnecessarily. The city Department of Transportation says all the signs will be removed by the end of the year. Unnecessary honking carries a $350 fine but is rarely enforced.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.