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The Skinny: Dropping by for dinner and stirring things up

HELLO, GOVERNOR

dropping by for dinner without an invitation

Eh, governor, you have a guest and, well, it's a bear. A hungry bear. The wanderer was picked up by surveillance video as it walked past trash cans near the New Mexico Governor's Mansion in Santa Fe over the weekend. Gov. Susana Martinez, whose mansion is near the foothills of the mountains where a fire has been burning, told New Mexicans to be proactive in keeping animals displaced by drought and fire away from their homes by removing items like pet food and bird feeders, and by securing trash cans. In search of food, the bear overturned two trash cans at the mansion, the governor's office said in a press release. "Chuck and I will certainly be taking steps to safeguard the trash cans and the dogs," Martinez said. "One bear nosing through the yard is more than enough to teach us that you can't be too safe."

it's not a quake?

A whole lotta shaking going on

The shaking at a South Korean high-rise shopping mall forced the evacuation of hundreds of people this month. An earthquake was not behind it. People jumping in a fitness center were. The Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday that inspectors reached that conclusion after finding similar shaking occurred when they later had a group of people perform test jumps together at the mall's fitness center in Seoul. The building shook for about 10 minutes earlier this month, and no one was hurt.

DUI tales

What daughter can do, mother can do

An Idaho woman was arrested on a drunken-driving charge. Within an hour, her mother was arrested … on a drunken-driving charge. The Post Register reported that a sheriff's deputy stopped Alisha Gardner, 28, at 10:56 p.m. Saturday in Idaho Falls after spotting her car swerving and crossing the centerline. Just under an hour later, Diana Gardner, 51, arrived at the jail to pick up her daughter's dog, which was in the car. A deputy smelled alcohol on her and a test revealed that her blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit, so she was arrested.

TIME TO FLEE

Chihuahua badder than the bad guys

Two hooded men, one armed with a rifle, run into the Ace Smoke Shop in Altadena, Calif., and demand money. The store owner begins putting money in a backpack carried by one of the men. A chihuahua is having none of it. The little dog begins barking incessantly and jumping at the men, chasing them out of the store and down the street. On a video released Monday by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, the chihuahua is undaunted even when one of the men points his rifle.

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The Skinny: Dropping by for dinner and stirring things up 07/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:14pm]
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