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The skinny: 8M gallons of water lose out to naughtiness

late Guilt is no help

8M GALLONS OF WATER LOSE OUT TO NAUGHTINESS

Call it the big flush. Because a 21-year-old man was caught on a security camera urinating into a Portland reservoir, Oregon's biggest city is sending 8 million gallons of treated drinking water down the drain. Portland officials defended the decision Monday, saying they didn't want to send city residents water laced, however infinitesimally, with urine. Some people in the city, in the suburbs and around the world called the flush an overreaction, especially since animals such as ducks contribute waste routinely and, sometimes, die in the water. The cost to the city is about $36,000. The young man, Josh Seater, told KATU-TV he'd been drinking but felt guilty instantly. "I knew I did wrong when I did it," he said.

plea to big brother

A request for help in growing reefer

Nova Scotia's Community Services Department is wondering what's next. It was ordered by an appeals board to help a needy couple in the Canadian province improve their marijuana garden. The couple, whose names have not been made public, have permission to grow up to 25 plants for medical purposes, according to a Canadian Broadcast Corp. report. But the couple, who get income assistance from the government, can only afford to grow six plants — and sometimes run low on supplies. So the board ruled recently that the department should pay $2,500 to set up the full marijuana growing operation and $400 a year for supplies. A department spokeswoman said Monday that it is pondering the order.

HIDE YOUR STUFF

Honestly, he really is a cat burglar

A prolific cat burglar has stolen hundreds of precious possessions from homes near San Francisco. But police are staying off the case — the burglar is a cat. Dusty, a 5-year-old feline from San Mateo, has taken hundreds of items during his nearly nightly heists. Owner Jean Chu told the San Francisco Chronicle that Dusty has pilfered gloves, towels, shoes and more since she adopted him from the Humane Society. He has even become a minor celebrity in the city. Experts say his predatory instincts have gone astray, leaving him hunting for people's stuff.

Got an extra $113,258?

Al Capone's gun won't come cheap

A handgun once owned by Chicago gangster Al Capone will go on sale at a London auction on Wednesday. Capone probably got it for a lot less. Christie's said Monday that the Colt .38 revolver is expected to sell for $80,000 to $113,000. The gun, made in 1929, is being sold by an unidentified private collector.

Compiled from Times wires

The skinny: 8M gallons of water lose out to naughtiness

06/20/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 20, 2011 9:38pm]
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