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30-Year Prof Quits Over Parking Shortage

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A veteran Canadian professor says he’s packed in his job out of frustration that Dalhousie University has 2,000 parking spaces for 20,000 people. Professor Dan Middlemas quit Monday and told the university he wasn’t willing to leave home outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 7 a.m. in order […]

Airline Searches For Missing Cat

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) — American Airlines said it is searching for a cat lost at a New York airport while employees were scrambling to prepare for Hurricane Irene. The airline apologized Monday to Karen Pascoe, 42, after her cat, Jack, was lost by airline workers before her Thursday flight to California from John […]

Mummy Study: Egyptians Used Hair Gel

MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 30 (UPI) — British researchers say their study of 18 mummies indicates ancient Egyptians used fat-based products as hair-styling gel. The University of Manchester researchers, who published their findings Aug. 16 in the Journal of Archaeological Science, said hair samples collected from the mummies were examined under a microscope and the team […]

Hurricane Irene Fails To Stop N.H. Wedding

AUBURN, N.H., Aug. 30 (UPI) — A New Hampshire couple refused to let tropical storm Irene ruin their wedding and found a new location when authorities forced them to move the reception. Bill Luquette and Kyla Brown said they decided not to postpone their wedding when they heard Irene was expected to reach New Hampshire […]

Steps Foil Courthouse Truck-Crash Attempt

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill., Aug. 30 (UPI) — Police in Illinois said a man whose attempt to ram a big truck into a courthouse was foiled by steps to the building complained about child-support issues. Edwardsville Police Chief James Bedell said officers responded at about 4:15 a.m. Monday and found Roy Conger, 42, had tried to back […]

Boy Gets Noise Complaints Playing Outside

HULL, England, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Officials in an English town told a couple their 4-year-old son may have to be “monitored with digital equipment” after complaints he’s been too noisy outside. Simon and Pippa Lansdell of Hull said they received a letter from the Hull City Council’s environmental health team saying their son Alfie […]

Irene Coincides With Spurt Of Babies

WILMINGTON, N.C., Aug. 28 (UPI) — As Hurricane Irene roared over North Carolina this weekend, the staff at a Wilmington hospital was kept busy delivering dozen babies, officials say. New Hanover Regional Medical Center officials said the babies were born during a 17-hour lockdown as the storm swirled, and another eight women were in labor, […]

Happy Feet The Penguin Headed Home

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Officials with the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand said the emperor penguin that recently showed up on the country’s North Island shore was on its way back home. Lisa Argilla, manager of veterinary science at Wellington Zoo, said Happy Feet, the penguin found on Peka Peka beach two […]

Prosthetic Leg Used To Trick Tracking Tag

ROCHDALE, England, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A British security firm said it fired two employees who attached a tracking tag to a suspect’s prosthetic leg, allowing him to violate his curfew. The firm, G4S, said the staff members were dismissed after they attached the tag to the false leg of Christopher Lowcock, 29, of Rochdale, […]

Turkish Doctors Use Music As Medicine

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Doctors at a Turkish hospital said they are having success with Islamic music therapy, a centuries-old technique using Arabesque scales and modes in healing. Dr. Bingur Sonmez and Dr. Erol Can at the Memorial Hospital in Istanbul said they have found music therapy produced significant psychological and physiological outcomes […]

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