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The skinny: Hmm, wonder what's behind that block wall

NO ESCAPE

HMM, WONDER WHAT's BEHIND THAT BLOCK WALL

Curious Rebel ended up just like Curious George: in trouble. Rebel, an 8-month-old German shepherd in Riverside, Calif., got his head stuck in an 18-inch block wall, but animal services officers were able to free him less than an hour later. Riverside County Animal Services Sgt. James Huffman said Rebel was whimpering and crying for help when he was discovered Monday. He was found by a neighbor while his owner was out. Rebel had squeezed his head through the hole, but couldn't back up to free himself without a few helping hands to lay his ears flat and pull him backward. He's fine, until his next adventure.

GREAT ESCAPE

Teeth not designed for this, but . . .

A 92-year-old man in Shoreline, Wash., got conned by a couple of bandits, but he was not about to give in to masking tape. He chewed through the tape for two hours to free himself after the robbers bound him to a chair and robbed his house. King County sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart said the two knocked on the man's door Monday and asked to use his phone, claiming their car had broken down. But once they entered, the men grabbed the victim's arms and taped him to a chair. The bandits made off with $400 and the 2000 Ford pickup owned by the victim, who was bruised but otherwise uninjured.

Giddyap

Riding to rescue on a helicopter

When a calf found itself stranded on a farm's pond, a helicopter pilot for an Oklahoma City TV station knew what to do. After the calf's owner called KWTV on Monday, Mason Dunn flew to the scene, hovered over the pond and used the wind from the copter's rotor blades to push the calf toward the shore. Dunn is an old hand at this. Three years ago he helped push a deer to safety after it lost its footing on an icy lake.

Did she or didn't she?

Well, you see, it was like this

A Texas pastor caught by police with a laptop and fur coats says she was protecting the valuables, not stealing them from the home of a parishioner. Sandy McGriff, cofounder of the Church of the Living God in Dallas, told the Dallas Morning News on Monday that she used poor judgment when she entered a home through a broken window and removed the valuables. She says she saw two men on the side of the home and decided to check it out. A neighbor called police, who found McGriff carrying two fur coats.

Compiled from Times wire services

The skinny: Hmm, wonder what's behind that block wall 12/28/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:51pm]

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