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The skinny: Mom doesn't mind daughter's car wreck – it was to save a squirrel

Safe driver

Mom is happy totaling car saved squirrel

A 23-year-old wiping out a utility pole in a one-vehicle accident is likely to draw a parent's wrath. But once Brandi Rish's mother realized she was not injured in a crash in Bartlett, Tenn., this week, Tina Childrey praised her daughter for driving her 2005 Volvo into the pole — instead of smashing the squirrel Brandi swerved to avoid. "I know that's strange to most people, but I love animals, and people should respect that they are living things just like us," said Childrey. "She's an animal lover," Brandi said of her mother. "… She's a little extreme about animals." The Volvo is totaled, and Rish was cited for failure to maintain control. "I still don't understand why I swerved," Rish said. "If I had known what would happen, I probably wouldn't have swerved to miss a squirrel."

Yellow pages ban

Fingers are told to stop the walking

San Francisco has become the first U.S. city to ban the unsolicited distribution of Yellow Pages. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Mayor Ed Lee quietly signed the ban into law on May 19 to cut the number of unwanted phone books being dropped into city neighborhoods. Officials said unsolicited books degrade the environment and blight neighborhoods. The law, which does not affect white pages distribution, is scheduled to take effect next year. The Local Search Association, a commercial phone book industry trade group, has threatened to sue, saying the ban violates its members' rights.

Basement builder

Plane's flight path is a bit tricky

Lots of houses have a two-car garage. Dan Reeves' had a one-airplane basement. Until, that is, the central Pennsylvania man knocked out a wall to get it out. Reeves spent the past nine years building a two-seat airplane in the basement of his Cumberland County home, but eventually it became way too big to get up the steps. So Reeves dug a trench down to the foundation and took out a wall. He pulled the plane out Wednesday using a truck, a chain and some neighbors. Reeves told the Patriot-News of Harrisburg he spent $40,000 on the plane and about $5,000 on the excavation.

Health issues

Board drops colon cancer billboards

A health board in Washington state has reversed itself and voted against endorsing a colon cancer awareness campaign that uses billboards saying, "What's up your butt?" The Tri-City Herald reported that Wednesday's vote by the Benton Franklin Health District in Kennewick, Wash., was in response to complaints the ads are in poor taste. The billboards were earlier displayed in Yakima to raise colorectal cancer awareness and encourage people to get screened for the disease.

Compiled from Times wires

The skinny: Mom doesn't mind daughter's car wreck – it was to save a squirrel 05/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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