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The Skinny: Dog rescued from mail has new home

A Happy ending

Dog rescued from the mail has a new home

A Minnesota puppy that made headlines when it was saved from a likely deadly trip through the mail went home with a new owner Friday — an exuberant Minneapolis woman who was thrilled to welcome the fuzzy black dog into her life. "I never win anything," said Terri Ford, who threw her arms in the air in excitement after learning she had won the drawing for Guess, a 5-month-old schnauzer-poodle mix. Nearly 50 people went to a Minneapolis animal shelter Friday in hopes of adopting Guess. The puppy became a celebrity three weeks ago after postal workers heard noise coming from a box addressed to Georgia and saw the package move. They opened it to find the dog inside. Officials say the trip would have killed the puppy. His former owner, Stacey Champion, 29, has been charged with animal cruelty. She was attempting to mail Guess to her son as a birthday present.

A must See-through

For sale: A prince catcher of a dress

Kate Middleton's fashion choices have been in the spotlight ever since her engagement to Prince William. Now, a famous see-through frock from Middleton's university years may be the hottest item at an auction — just weeks before the royal wedding. The dress Middleton modeled in 2002 at a charity fashion show at Scotland's St. Andrews University will go up for sale at Kerry Taylor Auctions in March. The knitted mesh slip was designed in 2000 by Charlotte Todd, above, as a part of a university project titled "The Art of Seduction." William reportedly paid $317 for a front-row seat at the charity show, which was one of the first times he saw Middleton, then 20. "I'd like to call myself a royal matchmaker," Todd, 31, told the Associated Press. "It's definitely a showstopping dress. I'd like to think I played my part in history and in fashion history."

What A Bummer, man

Court: The hippies have got to go

The Danish Supreme Court on Friday gave the government the green light to take control of a largely self-governing Copenhagen neighborhood that was occupied by hippies four decades ago. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision saying the roughly 900 residents of Christiania have no irrevocable right to use the former naval base. The decision ends a six-year legal battle and means the government can go ahead with plans to "normalize" the neighborhood and tear down scores of ramshackle homes built without permits. Residents say they will resist any attempts to evict them from the neighborhood, which has become a major draw for tourists who are curious about its counterculture lifestyle and liberal attitude toward soft drugs like cannabis.

Compiled from Times wires

The Skinny: Dog rescued from mail has new home

02/18/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 18, 2011 8:45pm]
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