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The skinny: Cougar cubs get a lot of aww-ttention

Animal charm

Zoo's cougar cubs get 'aww' and attention

The Cincinnati Zoo has unveiled two new members of its nursery, 8-week-old cougars Joseph and Tecumseh. The zoo said Thursday the cougars were born Sept. 19 and are now on display in its Children's Zoo Nursery. The cubs weigh about 8.5 pounds each and eat nearly half their weight in meat a day in four or five feedings. They will grow to about 140 to 200 pounds. They soon will join a zoo program to prepare for roles in a night hunters exhibit planned for May.

Medical malpractice

Bar isn't place to get a breast exam

It must have happened after a drink or two or three because, face it, no one who is sober would agree to a physical exam at a bar. If no alcohol was involved, folks in Boise, Idaho are very, very trusting, because least two women agreed to be examined by a woman posing as a doctor, police said. Kristina Ross, who allegedly impersonated a plastic surgeon, was booked Tuesday into Ada County Jail. Boise police said Ross, 37, approached women in local bars and nightclubs and posed as "Dr. Berlyn Aussieahshowna." Ross then touched the women under the guise of a "breast exam," the police said. Prosecutors said one woman disrobed for Ross and another was grabbed above her clothes. Ross, who has a previous criminal history in Idaho as a man, currently identifies herself as a woman.

Gearing up

He's steered state, but not his car

Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania has been well-liked while in office, but that may change once he leaves office in January. Specially if people see him weaving in traffic. The good news, of course, is he won't be DUI. Rendell is grappling with a problem facing many teenagers — inexperience behind the wheel. Rendell said Thursday that he has not driven much for 20 years — since before his days as Philadelphia mayor in the 1990s. For the past eight years, state troopers assigned to his security detail have chauffeured Rendell in a state-owned sedan. That privilege continues for about six months after he leaves office in January. He promises to bone up on his driving skills, but admits he was never a great driver to begin with.

Don't visit them

Heist nets hissing cockroach, reptiles

Two brothers aged 11 and 14 are not afraid of creepy crawly or slithery critters, but they're in trouble with the law. Baltimore police say the two were charged as juveniles with stealing about a dozen reptiles and a hissing cockroach from a city-run nature center. They face charges including theft and breaking and entering. Police said an iguana, geckos, chameleons, turtles and a wingless insect called a Madagascar hissing cockroach were taken in separate thefts from Baltimore's Carrie Murray Nature Center. Police say the brothers entered the nature center at night through unlocked doors or windows and spirited away the critters. All were recovered.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Cougar cubs get a lot of aww-ttention 11/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 18, 2010 10:06pm]
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