Stray dog stops play in cricket match in India


A stray dog was 2 not out Thursday after interrupting the second cricket test match between India and England.

England bowler Stuart Broad’s final over before the traditional break for tea was cut short as ground staff tried – and failed – to get the brown and white dog off the field. Outrun by their canine opponent, increasingly desperate tactics included throwing a shoe in its direction.

Just when officials thought the dog had disappeared, it returned for a second performance with the umpires cutting the session short and the players going off for tea.

The hosts ended in control of the match – if not the dog – at 317-4 in their first innings.

As well as forcing an early tea, the dog also left its mark on the field in another way, using the lush outfield as a toilet.

Composite skeleton of Dodo bird to be auctioned


A dodo skeleton is about to take flight – at least at an auction.

Summers Place Auctions is selling what it describes as a rare composite skeleton of a dodo bird, a creature once found on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

Sailors hunted the dodo into extinction in the 17th century and it has come to symbolize the harsh impact man can have on the world’s ecosystem. The bird’s name recognition was enhanced by Lewis Carroll, who included a dodo in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Auction house director Rupert van der Werff says the guide price for the skeleton, which will be auctioned Tuesday in Billinghurst, is estimated to be between $373,630 to $622,780 and that interest is high.

Superintendent defends staff over overcooked burger


A Pennsylvania school district superintendent is defending his food-service staff over a photo of an overcooked school cafeteria hamburger that was posted online.

A student at DuBois Area High School posted the picture on the town’s regional Facebook page to show people what a friend was served at school.

Superintendent Luke Lansberry says cafeteria workers are required to cook burgers to at least 155 degrees but were cooking burgers to 170 degrees. He says the burger depicted is the only one of 300 served that drew a complaint and wishes the student would have just returned it for a new one.

Lansberry says the burger was provided in a “government commodity” program through a vendor.

Associated Press

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