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Connecticut Decrees Wright Brothers Were Not First With Powered Aircraft

HARTFORD, Conn. (UPI) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed a bill to change history by decreeing Gustave Whitehead beat the Wright Brothers to powered flight.

Whitehead, a German immigrant who settled in Bridgeport, Conn., had been working on aircraft for several years by the time Wilbur and Orville Wright made their flight at Kitty Hawk on a North Carolina barrier island in 1903. In 1901, the Bridgeport Herald published an article by a reporter who said he had witnessed a powered flight.

Malloy signed a bill Wednesday that changes Powered Flight Day to honor Whitehead, at least in Connecticut, the New York Daily News reported. The Legislature passed the bill earlier this month.

The bill was inspired by support from the editor of “Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft,” who decided several months ago that there was convincing proof Whitehead did achieve powered flight before the Wrights. Critics say the surviving photos do not prove much of anything and also point out that Whitehead was apparently unable to duplicate his early success, the Hartford Courant reported.

Arkansas woman says pet pig shouldn’t be called livestockThursday, June 27, 2013 4:36 PMLITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 27 (UPI) –  An Arkansas woman said she will go to court to argue her pet Vietnamese pot bellied pig should not be considered livestock under the city code.

Jyll Latham said she checked the Little Rock city code before she purchased her pig, W.P. Sooie, about a year ago, to ensure the animal was allowed, KATV, Little Rock, reported Thursday.

“I specifically checked the Little Rock City code and it allowed pot belly pigs,” Latham said.

However, she said she did not read the livestock code, which requires hoofed animals to be kept out of city lots and requires them to be at least 300 feet from the nearest neighboring residence.

Andre Bernard, director of the Little Rock Department of Housing & Neighborhood Programs, said the codes are not together, but are located in the same section.

Latham said she received a citation when her neighbor complained only days after she moved from another home in Little Rock. She said she plans to argue in court that her pet should not be considered livestock.

“I’ve enjoyed him from the day I got him. It’s just been buying this house in particular that’s been a huge regret,” she said.

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