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The skinny: To Jack Russell terrier, a mountain lion is just a cat to chase

If it runs, chase it

To one terrier, mountain lion is just a cat

A 150-pound mountain lion was no match for a squirrel-chasing terrier on a farm in South Dakota. Jack the Jack Russell, who weighs only 17 pounds, managed to trap the cougar up a tree on Tuesday. Jack's owner, Chad Strenge, told the Argus Leader that the dog "trees cats all the time" and that the plucky terrier probably "figured it was just a cat." Jonathan Jenks, who tracks cougar migration patterns, says hunters usually need two or three hounds to chase a lion up a tree — and the cat probably wasn't hungry enough to attack Jack. Strenge used a shotgun to knock the mountain lion from the tree and — assisted by Jack — chased and fatally shot it.

$129M Powerball

Uh, where did you buy the ticket?

Most people spotted at a porn shop by friends or relatives have some explaining to do. But what do you do when a lottery ticket bought at one such establishment wins a whole lot of money? A Michigan group calling itself "Team Victory" has snagged a $129 million Powerball ticket, but there's no telling who visited the shop. Mike Greer and Steve Mays, who picked up the check Friday, insisted they didn't buy the ticket themselves or know who in the group went to the shop. They won't even say whether the ticket was bought inside Uptown Book Store or at an outside, walk-up lottery ticket window in Highland Park.

'Staycation' goes on

From stricken ship, she cruises to jail

Thousands of passengers were happy to be freed from a broken-down cruise ship that finally reached San Diego, but confinement continues for one woman who was taken ashore in handcuffs. San Diego Harbor Police Officer Adam Miles said Wendy Singleton, 40, was arrested when the Carnival Splendor docked Thursday after four days at sea without power because of a fire. Singleton is wanted in Las Vegas on a felony grand theft warrant and remained jailed Friday. San Diego port spokeswoman Marguerite Elicone said a routine customs inspection led to the arrest. All passengers on international cruises are routinely checked for warrants.

Spirits vs. spiritual

Bars closed? There is late-night Mass

A Pittsburgh church is bringing back the tradition of middle-of-the-night services for employees who worked odd hours. The Rev. Carmen D'Amico said he's adding a weekly Mass on Sundays, timed for just after the bars close. That's 2:30 a.m. D'Amico is hoping to attract those out late on Saturday nights, and officials have been handing out fliers at local colleges to publicize the service. The early Mass hasn't been held since 1991. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the service was dubbed the "Printer's Mass" because it was popular with newspaper employees who had just finished their shifts or were beginning shifts to deliver newspapers.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: To Jack Russell terrier, a mountain lion is just a cat to chase 11/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 12, 2010 8:04pm]
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