SAN FRANCISCO — Two Americans detained and accused of spying after hiking near the Iraq-Iran border three years ago will marry Saturday in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A private wedding ceremony for Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd was set for 4 p.m. at an undisclosed location, said San Francisco attorney and family friend Ben Rosenfeld.
Mr. Bauer, Ms. Shourd and Josh Fattal, all University of California, Berkeley graduates, were arrested on July 31, 2009, and held in Iran.
Mr. Bauer and Mr. Fattal were sentenced to eight years after being convicted on spy-related charges but were released after more than two years.
Ms. Shourd was released after 14 months on bail.
Mr. Bauer proposed to Ms. Shourd while both were in prison, fashioning an impromptu ring out of threads from his shirt.
All three say they were innocent of spying and had simply strayed across the countries’ border while in the mountainous region.
Chihuahua costume party falls short of record
KANSAS CITY — Hundreds of tiny tacos, ballerinas and other costumed dogs fell short of a world record Saturday morning in Kansas City, but organizers said they were encouraged by the turnout for the inaugural Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua parade.
Mark Valentine, the president of the group that organized the parade, said 500 dogs showed up in costume - about 200 fewer than what was needed to break the Guinness Book world record. The event, organized by United Entertainment to benefit a local animal shelter, was open to any breed.
Mr. Valentine estimated that 80 percent of the costumed canines were Chihuahuas, more than the 50 percent he anticipated.
“We are going to keep doing this until we run out of dogs in Kansas City and have to start shipping them in,” Mr. Valentine said. “For a first try, we did OK.”
Mr. Valentine said he was told Chihuahuas were among the most common breeds in animal shelters. Saturday’s event raised about $2,500 for the Pet Connection, a local no-kill shelter.
“Chihuahuas get killed in animal shelters almost as much as pitbulls,” he said.