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The skinny: Macedonia's Alexander statue sets scene for culture clash with Greece

Clash of civilizations

Giant Alexander statue adds to culture dispute

He's ours. No, he's ours! Who has more claims to an ancient heritage? Macedonia, which has been butting heads with Greece for two decades on that subject, doesn't have a compromise in mind. It has begun assembling a controversial 72-foot-high bronze statue of Alexander the Great in its capital, Skopje. The monument is seen as a towering challenge to neighboring Greece's claim on the ancient hero. The statue is officially named Warrior on a Horse, but the face closely resembles ancient depictions of Alexander, the warrior king born in Pella, northern Greece, who carved out an empire that reached the Himalayas before his death at age 32 in 323 B.C.

One for the birds

Officer Cage Byrd rescues a hawk

It's the kind of story that creates its own headline: Byrd Rescues Hawk. Oregon's KGW-TV reported that Portland police Officer Cage Byrd — his real name — spotted a young red-tailed hawk standing outside a downtown hair salon on Tuesday. The raptor chick appeared to be injured, so Byrd grabbed some towels and a box from a nearby hotel and took the hawk to a veterinary hospital. The bird was later taken to the Audubon Society, which said the hawk probably fell from a nest near the KGW Audubon Raptor Cam. The remote camera records the activity of a raptor family and is shown on a website that has become popular.

College grad

Dropout from 1932 graduates at 99

An Oregon man who dropped out of college just short of graduation in 1932 has earned his degree at age 99. KTVZ-TV in Bend reported that Leo Plass received his diploma from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Plass said he was less than one semester away from graduating from what was then called Eastern Oregon Normal School and starting a career as a teacher. But Plass said it was the Depression, and a teaching salary of $80 a month wouldn't cut it. So when a friend offered him a spot in a logging outfit at $150 a month, he couldn't pass it up.

Food fight

Pita toss at cabbie was not wise

Here's what's not smart: People who have outstanding warrants for their arrest getting into fights. Police in Colorado say that's how they found a woman they were looking for. Her "fight" was throwing a pita sandwich at a Boulder cab driver. The Daily Camera reported that Sarah Renee Lane, 28, got angry with a cabbie who told her she couldn't bring food into the car. Police records say yogurt sauce spattered on the driver's beard and face, and made a mess in the vehicle. She was arrested because she had failed to appear in court for a dog-at-large ticket.

Compiled from Times wires

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The skinny: Macedonia's Alexander statue sets scene for culture clash with Greece 06/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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