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John Skelton told a judge on Thursday that he knows the organization but “didn’t know the person.”

The Daily Telegram of Adrian says Mr. Skelton refused to identify the group. He was testifying at a court hearing related to the custody of 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner.

The boys have been missing since Thanksgiving, when they were at Mr. Skelton’s home in Morenci on the Michigan-Ohio state line. Mr. Skelton has been jailed on parental kidnapping charges; the court hearing was unrelated to his criminal case.

His estranged wife, Tanya Skelton, was in court. Mr. Skelton asked her why she wasn’t wearing her ring.

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Vick says he would like to have a pet dog

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick is barred from owning a dog for a year and a half, but the star quarterback’s comment that he’d like to bring one into his house generated renewed outrage — and support.

The convicted dogfighting ring operator told the news site TheGrio.com that he genuinely cares about animals and would like to have one for a pet again.

“I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process,” he said.

Vick has made similar statements before, but this time, it seemed to have grabbed the world’s attention. For example, the gambling website Bodog.com is offering bets on what breed of dog Vick might own in the next two years.

Vick served 18 months in prison after being convicted in 2007. A federal judge also sentenced him to three years’ probation, ending in May 2012. One of the terms: He may not own dogs during that time.

Humane Society of the United States President Wayne Pacelle said it’s too early for Vick to have a dog, but that it could be appropriate after his probation ends.

Since his release from prison, Vick has worked with the group and makes school appearances to talk to students about his past.

From wire dispatches and staff reports