The skinny

The skinny: Probably didn't go to geography class that week

.   surrey, england All better and ready to pounce again Oscar was just enjoying a day in the English countryside, lounging in the sunshine, when along came a combine harvester which severed his rear paws. But neuro-orthopedic surgeon Neil Fitzpatrick gave him a pair of new ones in a single surgical procedure last November. The revolutionary design of the prostheses uses custom-made implants to “peg” the ankle to the foot and mimics the way in which deer antler bone grows through the skin. Fitzpatrick’s work on Oscar will be featured in an upcoming BBC TV series in the United Kingdom.

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. surrey, england All better and ready to pounce again Oscar was just enjoying a day in the English countryside, lounging in the sunshine, when along came a combine harvester which severed his rear paws. But neuro-orthopedic surgeon Neil Fitzpatrick gave him a pair of new ones in a single surgical procedure last November. The revolutionary design of the prostheses uses custom-made implants to “peg” the ankle to the foot and mimics the way in which deer antler bone grows through the skin. Fitzpatrick’s work on Oscar will be featured in an upcoming BBC TV series in the United Kingdom.

alaska is in florida

Probably didn't go to geography class that week

Florida is right here, and Alaska is way, way over there. So it's understandable that some folks confuse the two. Take Bill Walker, who is running for governor of Alaska. He's all excited about getting people to come out and vote for him, and even directed them to a website where they could register to vote. The link he included on his Facebook page went straight to the website of the Florida Division of Elections. The link was up for hours before a commentator pointed out Friday morning that maybe it would be better to list Alaska's registration site. Walker's staff saw the wisdom in that, and the posting disappeared.

a LIFESAVER

She's a friend to man's best friend

Canadian philanthropist Jan Folk has a thing for dogs. On Friday, 60 unclaimed small pooches were taken from two shelters in the Los Angeles area and loaded onto her private jet in Long Beach for a three-hour flight to Edmonton, Alberta, where she says they will all have new homes within three weeks. It was the fourth such flight sponsored by her Orange Dog charity since it started a year ago. Folk has now rescued and escorted 312 small dogs to Edmonton and is looking for a partner so she can sponsor more flights. The reason is simple: "I've had dogs since I was 7 years old. I am absolutely crazy about dogs. They are the one thing that can make me smile in a day."

EASY CATCH

He's got the goods but not the speed

Nathan Watkins of Kennewick, Wash., took a couple of riding mowers that did not belong to him, then discovered that they do not make the best getaway option when police showed up. Police responding to a burglary call on Tuesday morning found Watkins, 31, on one mower pulling a trailer full of other lawn care equipment that was then attached to a second mower, the Tri-City Herald reported. In what must have seemed like lightning speed, a police cruiser dropped him off at the jail.

Cashing in

Wrong ticket turns out to be right one

Memo to store clerks: When a customer rejects a big-money lottery ticket, consider buying it yourself. An Ohio store clerk's mistake when printing a Mega Millions lottery ticket has won her $250,000. Naomi Mauller of New Lexington forgot to add an extra game to a customer's lottery ticket Tuesday night, so she printed a new ticket and bought the flubbed ticket for $2. Both tickets ended up winning $250,000 each. Mauller and the other winner got together at the convenience store Friday to celebrate.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Probably didn't go to geography class that week

06/25/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 25, 2010 11:10pm]

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