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The skinny: Baggage handler answers to higher call

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Baggage handler answers to higher call

It was Lynn Jones' job to put the baggage on the plane at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. It wasn't her job to ask questions about the baggage. And because she did, those previous two sentences are written in the past tense. Jones was fired on Nov. 15 after refusing to put a pet carrier on a Texas-bound plane. In the carrier, she saw what she said was a weak, bloody, emaciated, sore-covered hunting dog. "I was crying," she told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "I kept saying that dog could not be put on a plane." Her supervisor disagreed and dismissed her, but she got airport police involved, who got help for the dog. Records were sealed on the case, so the resolution is unknown. "My supervisor said it wasn't my concern, but animal abuse is everyone's concern."

Toilet lot is as far as the dogs track

Police dogs were set out to track fleeing criminal Cesar Sanchez, 37, who escaped from a prison van near Lockport, Ill., the Chicago Tribune reports. Sanchez is serving a seven-year sentence for burglary but managed to kick out the back door of the van and jump out while it was moving. From there, police think he hitched a ride. Using surveillance camera footage, they figured part of his route out, then put the dogs on the case. The dogs tracked Sanchez to a lot where portable toilets are stored, at which point the dogs decided the police were on their own. They used infrared technology to determine which port-o-john had a person in it. And that's where he was.

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For awkward family moment, beat this

There is no good way to learn your daughter is a prostitute, but Titus Ncube of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, found a really bad way. So much so, that he fell on the floor in shock. You'll want to reserve moral indignation for a second, because you need to spread it around. The floor Ncube fell on in shock was in a hotel room. And the only reason a prostitute had come to the door was because he called for one. It was just dumb luck that it was his 20-year-old daughter. Bad dumb luck, but dumb nonetheless. "I am sorry for what I did," Ncube told the Mirror tabloid in Britain. "My daughter has stopped doing what she was doing. My marital problems are not over, but we have a counselor who is helping us to get over this most difficult period."

Update

Eat more kale

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is throwing whatever clout he has behind folk artist Bo Muller-Moore, who has made a cottage industry of the slogan "Eat more kale." Muller-Moore's products have caught the attention of Chick-fil-A, and Shumlin thinks the fast-food giant is being a "corporate bully." Muller-Moore says business is booming since the controversy started. There are no Chick-fil-A's in Vermont.

Compiled from wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@tampabay.com.

The skinny: Baggage handler answers to higher call 12/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 9:06pm]
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