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RxCowboy

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Check the editor's note at the bottom... from CBS News:

Scratch-and-sniff cards prompt natural gas scare, evacuation
By Barry Leibowitz (Rx: I wonder if he has a sister named Fran?)

(CBS/AP) GREAT FALLS, Mont. - It's Wednesday morning, May 8, 2013. The smell of gas is in the air. Several buildings in Great Falls, Mont., are evacuated.

Fire crews and other emergency personnel respond to the scene. They discover the culprit.

Boxes of scratch-and-sniff cards, which are mailed by the local energy company, Energy West, to teach customers to recognize an artificial smell added to natural gas.

Emergency over.

Energy West general manager Nick Bohr tells the Great Falls Tribune that workers recently discarded several boxes of expired scratch-and-sniff cards in the city. But when the garbage truck picked them up and compressed the load Bohr says "it was the same as if they had scratched them," and people feared potential danger from natural gas.

According to CBS affiliate KRTV, fire officials determined the smell appears to have been caused by crushed cans of mercaptan - that's the non-toxic chemical often added to natural gas to make it easier for people to detect a gas leak.

Bohr says the company apologizes for the disruption.

(editor's note: Do not inhale this story)
 

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'Charlie Brown' actor to serve sentence in rehab

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The man who was the original voice of Charlie Brown in "Peanuts" television specials was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail for threatening his former girlfriend and stalking her plastic surgeon, then immediately released to a residential drug treatment center.
A judge warned Peter Robbins that he could be sent to prison for nearly four years if he violates the terms of his probation.
"Don't be a blockhead," Superior Court Judge Dwayne Moring told Robbins, borrowing a line from Charlie Brown's friend Lucy.

Associated Press
 

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'Charlie Brown' actor to serve sentence in rehab

ELLIOT SPAGAT, AP
37 minutes ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The man who was the original voice of Charlie Brown in "Peanuts" television specials was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail for threatening his former girlfriend and stalking her plastic surgeon, then immediately released to a residential drug treatment center.
A judge warned Peter Robbins that he could be sent to prison for nearly four years if he violates the terms of his probation.
"Don't be a blockhead," Superior Court Judge Dwayne Moring told Robbins, borrowing a line from Charlie Brown's friend Lucy.
Probably ate too many peanuts.
 

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All-Female ‘Julius Caesar’ to Open New Season at St. Ann’s Warehouse
By ALLAN KOZINN

An all-female production of “Julius Caesar,” first staged at the Donmar Warehouse in London last year, will open the 2013-14 season at St. Ann’s Warehouse. It will be the first of several collaborations between St. Ann’s and other adventurous companies during the season. Others include the world premiere of Lee Breuer’s “Divina Caricatura Part 1, The Shaggy Dog” which the company is presenting with La MaMa, and a staging of Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle,” a co-production with the itinerant New York City Opera.

The production of “Julius Caesar” (Oct. 3 to Nov. 3), directed by Phyllida Lloyd, is set in a women’s prison where inmates and guards are staging the Shakespeare work, and includes performances by a live punk band. Reviewing the London production for The International Herald Tribune last year, Matt Wolf described it as “belligerently high-concept” and praised its “rock ’n’ roll aesthetic.”

The company will present the world premiere of an as-yet-untitled new work by Daniel Kitson (Nov. 26 – Dec. 21), who has presented several works at St. Ann’s, including “The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church” (2011) and “It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later” (2012). Mr. Breuer, who has also had works presented at St. Ann’s in past seasons, returns with “La Divina Caricatura Part 1, The Shaggy Dog,” a mixed-media pop opera with music by Lincoln Schleifer. The work is a co-production of Mabou Mines, Dovetail Productions and Piece by Piece Productions, and will be staged at the Ellen Stewart Theater at La Mama (Dec. 6-22).

The collaboration with the New York City Opera brings to New York a provocative production by Daniel Kramer of Bartok’s terrifying classic, originally staged for the English National Opera. Jayce Ogren will conduct; the vocal cast has not been announced (Feb. 28 – March 15).

The season ends with the American premiere of another work imported from London, Lolita Chakrabarti’s “Red Velvet,” a play in which Ms. Chakrabarti imagines the feelings and experiences of Ira Aldridge, a young black American actor who stepped in to play Othello when the great English actor Edmund Kean collapsed onstage during a London performance in 1833. The production, originally staged by the Tricycle Theater, is directed by Indhu Rubasingham (March 25-April 20).
 

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IRS Ducks GOP Softballs
IRS team cancels softball game with Cornyn’s office
BY: Alana Goodman
May 16, 2013 11:49 am

The IRS softball team canceled its previously scheduled game against Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn’s (R., Texas) office on Friday, as tensions between the IRS and conservatives mount in the face of widening scandal.

“Team Cornyn softball team was scheduled to play the IRS team on Friday, ‘the Cheetahs,’” Cornyn wrote on his Facebook page. “Game has been cancelled by IRS, without rescheduling.”

A spokesperson for Cornyn confirmed the last-minute cancellation but was unsure of the reason.

“We contacted them to confirm our game which was scheduled for tomorrow night, and they said they needed to reschedule,” Drew Brandewie said. “Guess they needed an extension.”

Cornyn gave a fiery floor speech on Tuesday, blasting the IRS for targeting conservative nonprofits for heightened scrutiny and comparing its actions to those of “corrupt tin pot dictators.”

“When the IRS starts behaving like a rogue agent that considers itself above the law, we’ve entered truly dangerous territory,” said Cornyn.

He called for the acting IRS commissioner, Steve Miller, to step down. Miller resigned on Wednesday.

There was speculation on Twitter that the sudden IRS cancellation was related to the controversy.

The IRS did not respond to requests for comment.
 

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Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton could not be reached for comment.

African country prohibits witches from flying higher than 150 meters
1:28 AM 05/17/2013
Betsi Fores
The Daily Caller News Foundation

In the country of Swaziland, witches are no longer allowed to fly higher than 150 meters in the air, lest they be subject to arrest and heavy fines.

According to a report by the Civil Aviation Authority, broomsticks are considered similar to heavier-than-air transportation devices, and therefore are subject to this regulation.

“A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-metre] limit,” Civil Aviation Authority marketing and corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini said.

The rule also applies to toy helicopters and kites to forbid them from flying too high into the sky.

The people of Swaziland take witches seriously, as many of them believe in witchcraft.

Recently, a private detective was arrested for operating a remote-control helicopter. The detective’s helicopter was equipped with video surveillance technology to gather information in a manner similar to the way drones operate.

The man was ”charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and for failing to appear before his chief to be questioned by traditional authorities about his toy drone, the first of its kind in Swaziland,” AfricanSpotlight.com notes.

This arrest prompted Dlamini to explain in further detail the country’s aviation policies.

“Swazi brooms are short bundles of sticks tied together and do not have handles. Swazi witches are known to use them to fling potions about homesteads — but not for transport,” AfricanSpotlight.com says.

Witches on broomsticks flying below 150 meters remain legal.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/17/a...-flying-higher-than-150-meters/#ixzz2TZAuRZYM
 

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Nutella Day Likely to Survive Unscathed
Ferrero Calls Off the Dogs on Mega-Fans' Annual Celebration, Says It Is Grateful for Their 'Passion for Nutella'
By: E.J. Schultz Published: May 21, 2013

World Nutella Day will likely survive after all.

The fan-led event, which celebrates the hazelnut spread annually in February, seemed threatened when the event's founder, Sara Rosso, said earlier this week that lawyers for the brand sent her a cease-and-desist letter. She blogged about the letter, drawing plenty of media coverage and outcry from Nutella fans who wondered why the Ferrero-owned brand would want to stop the grassroots effort, which seemed to only bring good PR. But in a blog post today, Ms. Rosso said Ferrero employees "reached out to me directly after I had posted my fan letter online" and that "they were very gracious and supportive and we were able to have a productive discussion about World Nutella Day living on for the fans, which is the whole point."

She also posted a statement from Ferrero, which described their initial letter as a "routine brand defense procedure." Here is Ferrero's full statement. (Ad Age confirmed its authenticity with the marketer's U.S. division.):

"Positive direct contact between Ferrero and Sara Rosso, owner of the non-official Nutella fan page World Nutella Day, has brought an end to the case. Ferrero would like to express to Sara Rosso its sincere gratitude for her passion for Nutella, gratitude which is extended to all fans of the World Nutella Day. The case arose from a routine brand defense procedure that was activated as a result of some misuse of the Nutella brand on the fan page. Ferrero is pleased to announce that today, after contacting Sara Rosso and finding together the appropriate solutions, it immediately stopped the previous action. Ferrero considers itself fortunate to have such devoted and loyal fans of its Nutella spread, like Sara Rosso. "​
 

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