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The skinny: Dear Leader's photos not for target practice

No Kim do

Dear Leader's photos not for target practice

South Korea has ordered its army training units to stop using photographs of North Korea's ruling family for target practice. Troops have used the pictures of Kim Jong Il, his youngest son, and the leader's late father as targets during firing drills, the BBC reported. South Korea's Defense Ministry initially said individual commanders could decide what images their troops shot at, but government sources later said they were putting an end to the practice, the BBC reported. A local newspaper quoted a military official as saying the practice was intended to "boost battle spirit."

Ours is better

Baboon is on the run in N.J.

Tampa Bay has its monkey on the lam, but New Jersey has its bigger cousin: a baboon. Police in Jackson said four people reported Thursday and Friday that a baboon was walking around in their neighborhoods. But despite an ongoing search of the areas, the elusive animal remains free. Authorities said it may have escaped from the nearby Six Flags Great Adventure park's Monkey Jungle, which has 150 baboons. St. Petersburg's elusive rhesus macaque has made headlines the world over, was featured on Comedy Central's Colbert Report, appeared in a National Geographic television special and has more than 81,000 fans on Facebook.

Magical sport

Quidditch is legit, students insist

Members of a Texas high school club dedicated to the sport from the Harry Potter novels want official recognition. The Keller High School Quidditch club, which boasts 80 members and four teams, is lobbying the University Interscholastic League to have Quidditch designated as an official high school sport, KDAF-TV of Dallas reported. "People don't really grasp that it's a legit sport. But everybody thinks, especially at Keller High School, that it's really cool," said Brooklyn George, a club co-founder. Kati Polaski, another co-founder, said the game gets kids who are not keen on sports to exercise.

Sorry, wrong house

Burglar offers to fix screen he broke

Authorities say a burglar offered to repair the screen he damaged breaking into a New Jersey home after he was confronted by the homeowner and told her he meant to break into a neighbor's home. The homeowner, Maria Cardona, told the Press of Atlantic City that the man made her nervous as he told her about his family and kept a hand in his pocket. She says he was "really polite," but she just wanted him to leave. Vineland police said nothing was stolen during the encounter Monday.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Dear Leader's photos not for target practice

07/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 10:43pm]
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