Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Life

Former 41-pound fat cat in Texas slims down to 19 pounds, gets closer to ‘Skinny’ name

DALLAS — A former 41-pound (18.6-kilogram) cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.
Dr. Brittney Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed down to 19 pounds (8.6 kilograms) with exercise and a special diet. Barton calls Skinny the “resident cat” at her practice, HEAL Veterinary Hospital.

Portland, Maine, brewer makes beer out of live lobsters, sea salt in Italian collaboration

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine brewer is offering a quicker way to consume two of the state’s summertime staples: beer and lobster.
Oxbow Brewing is serving up beer brewed with live Maine lobsters and a dash of sea salt.

Dating site for married people seeking affairs suffers cyber attack

TORONTO — A Canadian-owned dating website for married people seeking affairs says it has suffered a cyber attack after hackers claimed to have stolen confidential customer information and threatened to publish it unless the company is shut down.
Avid Life Media, which owns Toronto-based cheating site AshleyMadison.com, said Monday that it had taken steps to secure its sites.

Beer drinkers ‘hoppy’ over brewers’ experimentation with ingredients, styles

TORONTO — When reaching for a cold one, more Canadians are turning to craft beers, a category that has seen major growth across the country.
In 2014, overall consumption of beer declined by six per cent but craft beer servings were up seven per cent, according to data from NPD Group.

Beer drinkers ‘hoppy’ over brewers’ experimentation with ingredients, styles

TORONTO — When reaching for a cold one, more Canadians are turning to craft beers, a category that has seen major growth across the country.
In 2014, overall consumption of beer declined by six per cent but craft beer servings were up seven per cent, according to data from NPD Group.

’Unfriending’ on social media can be freeing - and upsetting for cut-off friends

TORONTO — After Jill Kennedy finished high school, she decided to conduct a purge of her Facebook friends list — a move she now regrets.
“I think I lost a lot of connections that way,” says Kennedy, 23, founder of That’s the Idea, a professional social media and content management service.

Dog walks 35 miles, 9 days to find way home from Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve to Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, Calif. — A lost dog made her way 35 miles home from Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve to find her owner asleep in bed.

In Minneapolis, East African girls level the playing field with culturally sensitive uniforms

MINNEAPOLIS — Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers. The crowd claps and cheers as the young models strike poses with basketballs, lacrosse sticks and boxing gloves. Finally, the big reveal: the Lady Warriors community travelling basketball team takes the stage in their cardinal red uniforms.

Deformed mutt named Quasi Modo is crowned World’s Ugliest Dog

PETALUMA, Calif. — A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left her a bit hunchbacked, is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest.
The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and her owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection, organizers said.

Homely hounds compete to be top dog in contest that applauds imperfections

PETALUMA, Calif. — He’s overweight and has a birth defect that left him a bit hunchbacked.
Quasi Modo is a 10-year-old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix who was leading the World’s Ugliest Dog contest, with nearly 10,000 votes by Friday. He was far ahead of No. 2 Morris, a mix who looks a little like a pig with a spiky haircut and has garnered more than 5,000 votes.

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