The morning Odds and Ends
TRENTON, N.J. ” Animal rights activists are disgusted by a new candy from Kraft Foods Inc. that’s shaped like critters run over by cars ” complete with tire treads.
The fruity-flavored Trolli Road Kill Gummi Candy ” in shapes of partly flattened snakes, chickens and squirrels ” fosters cruelty toward animals, according to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“It sends the wrong message to children, that it’s OK to harm animals. And that’s the wrong message, especially from a so-called wholesome corporation like Kraft,” said society spokesman Matthew Stanton.
The society is considering petition drives, boycotts and letter-writing campaigns to get the candy pulled from the market, Stanton said.
After receiving a complaint from the NJSPCA Wednesday, Kraft officials pulled an animated advertisement from Trolli’s Web site that featured car headlights and animals. No other decisions on changes have been made, said Kraft spokesman Larry Baumann.
“If you look across the Gummi category we certainly have many products that are offbeat, and that’s what we were doing in this case,” Baumann said. “We didn’t mean to offend anyone.”
COPENHAGEN, Denmark ” When two Danish burglars realized someone had stolen the keys to their getaway car, they reacted like honest citizens and called the police.
Police said they were only too happy to help, and arrested them after they confessed to breaking and entering.
The men, 18 and 20, broke into a summer cabin late Wednesday near Kaldred, 55 miles west of capital Copenhagen.
As they carried their haul to the car, they were confronted by a passer-by, who witnessed the break-in and insisted that they return the stolen property.
To ensure they couldn’t get away, the passer-by took the keys from their car, and refused to return them.
“The two young men then called us and said they needed our help getting their keys back,” Chief Superintendent Asger Larsen said Thursday.
He said the two realized that without the keys, they would have to leave their car at the scene, which would put the police on their trail and lead to their arrest anyway.
“It’s a pretty straightforward case for us, since this time, the thieves actually reported the robbery,” Larsen said.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. ” A week after the outcome of the local spelling bee was challenged by one of the contestants, organizers have named two winners.
Zack Anderson and Jennifer Black, both 13, will receive first-place trophies, bee sponsor Cindy Szot said Wednesday.
Anderson originally won last week’s bee and was given the first-place trophy when Black missed the word “phlebitis.” Black spelled it with an “f.”
But Black appealed to the judges, saying she spelled it wrong because the judges incorrectly told her the word’s origin was Latin.
She said the “ph” spelling showed the word came from New Latin.
After the judges looked up the word and saw Black was right, they resumed the spell-off, which Black eventually won.
This week, Anderson’s aunt, Stacy Lynne, of Wellington, Colo., wrote a letter to the school district that hosted the bee asking that Anderson be declared the winner.
Szot said judges were right to allow Black to continue after her appeal. But she also said she didn’t like taking the trophy away from Anderson, and that the bee didn’t have rules for a last-word appeal.
“The competition between those two students was such an excellent level that both of them deserved a first-place trophy,” Szot said.
Anderson, Black and third-place Elise Geringer all qualified for the state bee in March.
MOXEE, Wash. ” Emma is home again after nearly a year on the lam, and Diana Parker is one happy emu owner.
“I thought for sure she was gone,” Parker said of her beloved bird, who hails from Australia and is related to the ostrich. “She would’ve been a lovely Sunday roast for somebody.”
Parker, 60, said Emma vanished while she was away in March, about six months after she got the 3-year-old bird. She immediately alerted the Humane Society, Yakima County sheriff’s office, property owners and workers in nearby hop fields.
“The word was out,” she said. “I told everybody, ‘Look for my emu.”‘
After a week of fruitless searching, she gave up. To console her, a friend gave Parker two 3-week-old emus, Eddie and Baby.
Then, on Tuesday, both a neighborhood boy and a family friend saw Emma not far from her old stomping grounds.
Parker feared Emma would flee ” the flightless birds can run as fast as 30 mph ” but her bird was soon back in the fenced yard after being corralled by Parker’s husband, Richard, and son Doug.
“It just floors me,” Heidt said. “I mean, where was it all this time? Where’d it stay all winter?”
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