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The skinny: New York City's most elusive snake has a name: Mia

Legend of the lost

Elusive snake has fitting name: MIA

The name of New York City's most elusive snake is Mia (MEE'-uh) for "missing in action." The moniker won out over four other finalists Thursday in a contest to name the slippery Bronx Zoo cobra. More than 33,000 nominations were submitted to the zoo and Daily News for the contest. The venomous Egyptian cobra disappeared two weeks ago and quickly became the stuff of legend. It even had a Twitter persona while on the lam. The snake was found a week ago in a dark corner of the reptile house. Other finalists in the naming contest were Cleopatra; Agnes, which is Greek for pure or holy; Amaunet, an ancient Egyptian goddess — it means "the female hidden one" — and Subira (soo-BEE'-ruh), "patient" in Egyptian Arabic.

Retirement plan

Scavenger, 75, silences Internet

A Georgian woman who allegedly shut off Internet service in her country and neighboring Armenia while scavenging for copper cable is facing charges that could lead to three years in prison. Authorities say Aiyastan Shakaryan, 75, severed a fiberoptics cable on March 28, shutting off the information highway for several hours. The cable ran parallel to a railroad track in eastern Georgia where she was allegedly scavenging. Railroad spokeswoman Irma Stepnadze was quoted by the news website as saying the cables "are guarded at the highest level." A spokeswoman for Armenia's largest Internet service-provider, Armentel, said: "The incident forces our company to think about diversifying our channels."

Joint venture

Gift to inmate son is too generous

An ill-advised prison gift has landed a Tennessee woman in jail. Beverly Wilson, 51, who pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle marijuana-filled balloons into the Shelby County Division of Correction where her 24-year-old son was incarcerated last year, will no longer be just a visitor behind bars. Wilson was hoping for probation, but instead will get an inside look at prison for the next two years. Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee scolded Wilson for her "cavalier attitude" and lengthy record of misdemeanor convictions. She told him that her son, who is serving time for aggravated robbery, needed something to help cope with depression.

Kids' menu

Duck makes her home at Chick-fil-A

A duck has chosen an odd place to lay her eggs: a fast-food drive-through in New Jersey. The duck is nesting in landscaping near a drive-through menu at a Chick-fil-A in Audubon. Restaurant employee Karen Montone said Thursday that she noticed the duck a couple of days ago. Gardeners had recently replanted the area bordering the store in a suburban strip mall, likely exposing the duck as she waits for her small fries.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: New York City's most elusive snake has a name: Mia 04/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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