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The Skinny: What's that tap, tap sound? No, it can't be



Ipad? Not today. Laptop? No, thanks. Manual typewriter? Yes, yes, yes. A Philadelphia man has put out a call for typewriter enthusiasts to bring their working Underwoods and Royals to a city pub this afternoon. It has been dubbed "Type-In: A Pleasant Afternoon of Manual Typewriting." Organizer Michael McGettigan, above, said the Type-In will take place at Bridgewater's Pub in Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. By Friday afternoon, about a dozen people had RSVP'd. "Against a backdrop of ringtones and whiny hard drives, the analog typewriter, which puts thoughts onto paper in a single step and waits silently while you're thinking, gains charm by the minute," he said. To keep everyone alert, participants will get typing paper and envelopes to compose a holiday letter.

winter rescue

Quick, that coyote needs some help

A coyote found itself at the wrong place but at the right time on Friday. After it became trapped on a slab of ice floating in Lake Michigan, Chicago firefighters came to the rescue. Firefighters say they got a call about the chilly coyote about 9:30 a.m. Friday. The animal was crouched on a patch of ice drifting about a quarter-mile from shore on the city's North Side. Forecasters said the lake's water temperature was in the 30s. With a helicopter hovering overhead, crews on a boat pulled the animal out of the water. Media reports say firefighters named the animal Holly.


That feeling of drugstore deja vu

Police Officer Joshua Campbell of Dayton, Ohio, probably knows something about timing. Surveillance video shows Campbell entering a Walgreens on Thursday morning and standing in line as a man appears to reach over the counter to grab money from the drawer. The officer had stopped at the pharmacy to pick up security video from another robbery earlier. Campbell said he thought: "This can't be happening right in front of me." He said the cashier's look seemed to say, "Oh no, not again." That's right, not again. Campbell arrested Donald Cotten, 55.

Update: Hi, Hanna

Ohio's Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has settled on a familiar name for the snake that replaced her record-breaking mother. The new python will be called "Hanna" — which happens to be the last name of the zoo's celebrity zookeeper, Jack Hanna. Hanna the snake is 18 feet long. Her mother, Fluffy, who died in October, was 24 feet and the longest snake in captivity. A name-the-snake contest on Facebook awarded Hanna the most votes, more than second-place Fuzzy.

Compiled from Times wire services

The Skinny: What's that tap, tap sound? No, it can't be 12/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 9:50pm]
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