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The skinny: There's a price to pay for tuning out the president

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a price to pay for tuning out the president

Honduras' President Porfirio Lobo is really annoyed with his Cabinet ministers these days. It seems they would rather take their cell phone calls than listen to him at the weekly two-hour Cabinet meeting. All the ringing and beeping will now cease. On Tuesday, Lobo banned cell phones from the meeting. But text messages may be next for the ministers. After all, Lobo lectured them in January on . . . excessive use of cell phones.

That biker looks like the premier

The man known as "Alpha Dog" in U.S. diplomatic cables is maintaining his reputation. Vladimir Putin rode through the Black Sea port city of Novorossiysk as part of the bikers annual festival on Monday, the London Telegraph reported. At the event, which helps to commemorate the city's resistance to German invaders during World War II, the Russian prime minister and former president was clad in black and riding a three-wheeler made by iconic manufacturer Harley-Davidson. Just his latest macho appearance. Remember when he tranquilized tigers and fished shirtless?

Think again

Where atheists like pastor's message

The church pastor put it up, but an atheist group is taking the credit. The road sign in Mansfield, Ohio, features the statement "There is no God" in capital letters. Below that, it says, "Don't believe everything you hear." Pastor Frank Moore of McElroy Road Church of Christ told the Mansfield News Journal he wanted to honor God with an ad that would get people thinking. He says he remembered how his parents always advised him not to believe everything people told him. Well, people believe the Mid Ohio Atheists are behind the billboard. The group is thanking the church for, as the atheists say, "advertising our thoughts."

Kids and mischief

Walking the dog would be smarter

The sisters so enjoyed what they saw at the birthday party at Sibley's Park Zoo in Mankato, Minn., that they decided to go back for another look. When they saw the irresistible goat a second time, they decided to take it for a walk. And so the sisters, both under 10, did just that until police spotted them, in their pajamas, about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The sisters were returned home to their parents. The goat went back to the zoo. How they removed it from the zoo remains a mystery.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources

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