Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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The skinny: No police ticket for Shrek over loud musical

Volume irks some

No police ticket for Shrek over loud musical

A musical being performed in a park in Portsmouth, N.H., has drawn some noise complaints, but the deputy police chief says he's "not giving Shrek a ticket." Shrek the Musical is enjoying a summer run in the seacoast city, but some neighbors want the volume turned down. City police and City Council member Esther Kennedy say they've been getting complaints about noise from the shows. But Deputy Chief Corey MacDonald told the Portsmouth Herald and its Seacoast Online website that he has no plans to ticket the green ogre. Kennedy said she'd like to outfit police officers with decibel meters so they can get an objective reading of how loud the sounds are. MacDonald said police are waiting for more direction from the community before engaging in any crackdown.

'Rev' applauds move

Strip club backs pastor for House

An Arizona strip club has endorsed a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House. And the candidate, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, said he's happy to have the support of the Great Alaskan Bush Company of Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reported that the strip club announced its endorsement on a sign that reads: "Jarrett Maupin for Congress 'The Rev.' " Maupin, who calls himself a member of the Progressive Christian Coalition, says employees voted to back him because he supports affordable student loans and all-day kindergarten. He is running in a close race for the 7th District seat against three other Democrats. But he can't vote for himself because he was convicted in 2009 of lying to the FBI.

Overcome with joy

She's so excited to see her best friend

When Rebecca Ehalt visited her family's home in Pennsylvania after living in Slovenia, her 9-year-old schnauzer, Casey, was so excited that she fainted. Ehalt was visiting for a wedding reception that her parents had planned for her and her husband, and she had not seen Casey in two years, according to NBC's Today.com. A video of the excited dog on YouTube shows her dashing up to Ehalt, squealing for an extended period of time and then appearing to pass out from excitement. Ehalt, who uploaded the video, conceded that the reaction might be because the absence felt much longer to Casey. Their two-year separation "in fairness is 14 years in dog years," she wrote in the caption with the video. The family was worried about Casey at first, but she was as given a clean bill of health after a visit to a veterinarian.

Uninvited guest

Slithering intruder gets 911 treatment

Officers in New Mexico rushed to a home invasion call and found an unusual intruder — a large snake. Albuquerque police said officers removed the slithering reptile after a woman called 911. Officials believe the snake slithered its way into the woman's home, possibly through an open door. The animal was removed and later released in an open space in the city.

Compiled from wire services

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