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Sheriff snubbed by school district

PHOENIX | America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff says he is miffed after he was invited to read to a group of Phoenix sixth-graders — and then was uninvited for being too controversial.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a news release that a teacher asked him to read to a class at Sahuaro Elementary School on Friday.

But, he said, Washington School District administrators had the teacher rescind the invitation because the sheriff is too controversial. Messages left at the school district were not returned Tuesday.

“To disrespect the chief law enforcement authority of the county in this way is a bad example to students and the community overall,” Sheriff Arpaio said.

Sheriff Arpaio has gained notoriety for housing inmates in canvas tents, issuing them striped uniforms and pink underwear, assigning them to old-style chain gangs and serving them a diet of green bologna.


Harmful bacteria found at Playboy Mansion

LOS ANGELES | Los Angeles County health officials have found the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease at the Playboy Mansion after 200 people who attended an event there last month became ill.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Legionella bacteria was discovered in a water source at the Holmby Hills estate of Hugh Hefner.

County public health director Dr. Jonathan Fielding said, however, that officials haven’t ruled out that other bacteria or illnesses could have caused the outbreak.

Legionnaires’ disease causes respiratory illness, and its symptoms include coughing, malaise, chills and fever. Fewer than 18,000 Americans are hospitalized for the illness every year.

The outbreak occurred after a Feb. 1-3 conference that included a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion.


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