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California restaurant acknowledges roach infestation


A Northern California eatery is giving its customers information that most restaurants go to great lengths to cover up.

Cafe del Soul in Marin County has posted a sign near its front door acknowledging that it’s infested with German cockroaches.

The organic restaurant also has reported itself to the county environmental-health |services department and was closed last week so a pest control company could go to work.

Manager Sandro De Oliveira told the Marin Independent Journal the cafe’s owner wanted to be honest with customers. The newspaper reports that the restaurant also wanted to put pressure on the building owner to take action against the pests.

The cafe is in a strip mall that includes other tenants.

County officials say they will send an inspector.

Ex-mayor erects statue of himself at Michigan home


The former mayor of Flint, Mich., who resigned in 2009 while facing a recall has erected a bronze statue of himself outside the gated entrance to his home.

The Flint Journal reports that the statue of Don Williamson in Genesee County’s Davison Township, near Flint, is surrounded by six bronze lions.

On the base of the statue are the words: “The Colonel’s Inc. Founded by Donald J. Williamson May 10, 1984. His motto ‘Success is the best revenge.’”

Williamson says the statue was made 20 years ago and originally was displayed at The Colonel’s Inc., the auto-parts firm where he made his fortune.

Williamson says the lions were imported by his wife. Of the lion statues, he joked: “Careful — one of them is alive.”

Pittsburgh, Carnegie offer alternative homecoming


The City of Pittsburgh is teaming up with the Carnegie museums and libraries to offer an “alternative homecoming” dance for students who are too shy or otherwise have a school experience that keeps them from attending their school-sponsored dance.

The event Saturday is inspired by a new movie, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” which is set in Pittsburgh and based on a novel by Stephen Chbosky of nearby Upper St. Clair.

The book is about a high-school student who finds it difficult to fit in.

Organizers say the dance at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History targets “those who find it difficult or intimidating to attend their own school’s dance” — as well as students who attend cyber schools, are home-schooled or whose schools don’t have a homecoming dance for other reasons.

Associated Press

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