- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2007

COLORADO

Dog saves boy from rattlesnake

MASONVILLE — Zoey is a Chihuahua, but when a rattlesnake lunged at her owners’ 1-year-old grandson, she was a real bulldog.

Booker West was splashing his hands in a birdbath in his grandparents’ northern Colorado back yard when the snake slithered up to the toddler, rattled and struck. Five-pound Zoey jumped in the way and took the bites.

“She got in between Booker and the snake, and that’s when I heard her yipe,” Monty Long, the boy’s grandfather, said last week.

The dog required treatment, and for a time, it appeared she might not survive the bites she suffered earlier this month. Now she prances about.

ILLINOIS

Disheveled application causes bomb scare

CHARLESTON — Here is a tip for aspiring college students: Make sure your applications don’t warrant a visit from the bomb squad.

Emergency crews evacuated an Eastern Illinois University building Friday, after a campus postal carrier discovered a disheveled-looking package heading for the college’s admissions office.

“There was no return address; it was poorly written, poorly addressed to the university, there were misspellings,” school spokeswoman Vicki Woodard said Saturday. “There was some tape over it. Just the overall appearance was rather strange.”

The stuffed-and-stained envelope was strange enough that police alerted the bomb squad. Explosives investigators X-rayed the package and blocked off a nearby street before they discovered that the envelope contained only an application to the 12,500-student school.

Miss Woodard said the application came from northern Illinois but wouldn’t comment on whether the bomb scare would affect the prospective student’s chances of admission.

MISSISSIPPI

Adopted girl’s mom accused of abduction

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