MADISON, Miss. (AP) — He’s a little dog, but a big hero. Eighty-year-old Russell Hackman says his rescued Chihuahua saved him from a gas leak. Hackman tells a Madison, Wisconsin, paper (Clarion-Ledger) that Webster woke him up and wouldn’t let him go back to sleep. Eventually Hackman called 911. Firefighters found a gas leak at the water heater. Hackman volunteers at an animal clinic and cared for the dog, which had been mistreated.
FAIRLAWN, Ohio (AP) — Sheila Shuttlesworth has a good feeling about LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers — after she lost nearly everything in an apartment fire. Shuttlesworth says one of the few things that survived the fire is her LeBron James bobblehead. She got it during James’ rookie season. The suburban Akron, Ohio, woman says she hopes it’s a good omen. Shuttlesworth tells the Akron Beacon Journal she’s a longtime fan of the basketball superstar, who’s also from Akron. James returned to the Cavaliers this season.
WINNER’S BAD LUCK
WINCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — Some guys have all the luck. But Mickey Stone isn’t one of them. He won 900 bucks in Indiana’s Hoosier Lottery scratch-off game. But he bought the ticket at the liquor store where he worked. Prosecutors say that’s against the law. Stone is now charged with unlawful purchase of a lottery ticket by an employee. That’s a misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of one year in jail. Investigators tell the Star Press that Stone knew it was illegal to buy lottery tickets at the store where he worked.
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Been smoking tobacco or pot? AirGuard knows. Researchers at Dartmouth College say they’ve created a sensor that can detect molecules of tobacco and marijuana smoke. Chemistry professor Joseph BelBruno says the plug-in detector is so sensitive, it can even sense smoke particles on clothing.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Psych-prof Kevin Meyer won’t let his coaster-phobic students — coast. Meyer is an assistant professor of psychology at University of Mount Union in Canton, Ohio. He started the “Face Your Fear” project five years ago to help students cope with the things that scare them the most. For junior Rachel Burr it’s the Power Tower roller coaster at the Cedar Point amusement park. Meyer’s students learn to handle their anxiety with a number of techniques including relaxation. By the end of the course, Burr tells a local paper (The Repository) she has able to tame the her “monster” and ride the Power Tower.
ART GOES TO THE DOGS
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — ART is big — even for a Dalmatian. This dog stands 19 and a-half feet tall. Of course, ART isn’t a real dog. It’s a fiberglass statue outside the Shreveport, Louisiana, Regional Arts Council Central ARTSTATION headquarters. It will be formally unveiled Thursday. And this dog knows some tricks. The dots on ART light up and can be programmed as part of a light show. The Times of Shreveport reports ART’s dots will be in seasonal colors for holidays.