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Video of the week: Maddie the balancing dog is on a cross-country trip. See the video at the bottom of this column.
News of the week
Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- A penguin that escaped from a Tokyo aquarium in March was finally captured Thursday night, officials said. The 1-year-old penguin managed to scale a 13-foot wall when it made its escape, and it has been living in Tokyo Bay and nearby rivers since then. Officials feared the penguin would be hit by a boat, and had tried numerous times to catch the wily penguin, but no one was successful until it was caught on land Thursday.
- "Americans are a hard-working lot, and they're ambitious and have a lot of priorities. Sometimes they forget to take care of their work-life balance." - Carroll Rheem of travel research firm PhoCusWright. A survey by the company found that almost 40 percent of Americans didn’t book a vacation last year. A study last year by Harris Interactive found that 57 percent of Americans didn’t use all their vacation time.
- A Manhattan man has confessed to the murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz 33 years ago, police said. Officials are looking into the confession and arrested the man Thursday night. Etan’s disappearance led to the inclusion of missing children on milk cartons.
- "One of the major iconic DC characters will reveal that he is gay in a storyline in June." - Courtney Simmons of DC Entertainment. The popular comic line - whose characters include Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman – wouldn’t reveal which character will come out as gay. Marvel Comics recently launched an issue in which X-Men character Northstar proposes to his boyfriend.
- Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and several banks were sued Wednesday by investors who say that the company cheated them. The claim is that banks knew Facebook’s stock wasn’t worth what it was originally listed as, and it shared that information with select people.
- "I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers, but I couldn't get it past the Congress. Build a great big, large fence – 50 or a 100 miles long – and put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified so they can't get out. Feed them. And you know in a few years, they'll die out. You know why? They can't reproduce." – Pastor Charles L. Worley, speaking May 13 at his church in Maiden, N.C. Video of the pastor’s words was posted to YouTube and went viral Tuesday.
Page 2 of 2 - - A flight from Paris to Charlotte, N.C., was diverted to Bangor, Maine, after a passenger "exhibited suspicious behavior,” the Transportation Security Administration said. The flight was on US Airways and help 179 passengers and nine crew members.
- Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi, 20, was sentenced today to 30 days in jail for his role in a suicide. Ravi used a webcam to record his roommate - Tyler Clementi - kissing another man, and Clementi killed himself shortly thereafter. Ravis was convicted on two second-degree bias intimidation charges.
- "Joplin is on the mend. We have a long road to travel, but the way that everyone is joining together and unifying and chipping in, we're going to make it." – Joplin, Mo., Mayor Melodie Colbert-Kean, talking Monday ahead of the first anniversary of the massive tornado that devastated Joplin and killed 161 people. Tonight, President Barack Obama speaks at a graduation in Joplin.
Video of the week: Maddie's owner posts photos of her balancing all across the U.S.
GateHouse News Service