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Valentine condom campaign urges lovers to think of animals

PITTSBURGH

An environmental group wants couples to think of wild animals before acting like them this Valentine’s Day.

The Center for Biological Diversity handed out endangered species condoms at the Carnegie Science Center’s adults-only Valentine’s event Friday in Pittsburgh.

The wrappers feature colorful artwork and slogans such as “Before it gets any hotter ... remember the sea otter” and “Can’t refrain? Think of the whooping crane.”

The group hopes to show how human population growth negatively affects wildlife.

The center, based in Tucson, Ariz., also handed out condoms Friday at an after-hours event at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Lamont Craven, adult programs coordinator at the Carnegie Science Center, said “the condoms are a perfect fit for our event. The packaging highlights a dire topic, while the contents are actionable ways to solve the problem.”

Conn. paper claps back at Rhode Island paper’s dis

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

The biggest newspapers in Connecticut and Rhode Island are feuding over which state is worse.

The Hartford Courant in Connecticut wrote a scathing editorial after The Providence Journal in Rhode Island published an editorial calling its New England neighbor struggling and blasting its business climate as enormously difficult.

The Journal’s Jan. 24 piece ends by calling on Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo to try and attract jobs from Connecticut to Rhode Island, calling it “certainly less risky” than Connecticut.

In a responding editorial headlined “Why, Rhode Island, Why?,” the Courant responded by detailing a long list of its neighbor’s woes. Those included pension problems, economic issues and “a legacy of corruption that not even Connecticut can match.”

Couple with 13 sons expecting next child

ROCKFORD, Mich.

A Michigan couple with 13 sons is expecting a 14th child in April but is waiting until birth to learn the sex.

Jay and Kateri Schwandt said adding another child to their large family won’t be too big of a logistic change or financial burden, WOOD-TV reported. Kateri Schwandt said she’s used to large families, as one of 14 children herself.

Associated Press

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