Washington state sewage plant invites weddings
WOODINVILLE, Wash. — Asewagetreatment plant near Seattle is advertis-ing its availability as a wedding venue.The Brightwater WastewaterTreatment Center says on Facebook ithas a full catering kitchen, audio-videoequipment, dance ﬂoor and ample park-ing.You could even hold the wedding out-side.The director of the BrightwaterEnvironmental Education andCommunity Center, Susan Tallarico,tells KIRO that receptions would takeplace just steps away from where rawsewage is processed. She says there’sno odor because all the processing iscontained.The King County plant was ﬁnishedthree years ago but has been availablefor rent for about seven months.It costs $2,000 to rent the center foreight hours. One couple has alreadybooked the sewage plant for their nup-tials.
Crocodile caught wandering around mall
ROSEVILLE — Don’t shed any tearsfor a crocodile that was captured wander-ing outside a pet store at a NorthernCalifornia shopping mall.California Fish and Wildlife ofﬁcialshave taken custody of the croc, are feed-ing it rainbow trout and will likelydonate it to a zoo.Police say the crocodile was appar-ently left outside the Roseville store bysomeone who didn’t want it anymore.The animal had grown to 4-feet long,and its jaws had been wrapped shut withheavy-duty tape. There was a note iden-tifying it as a Nile crocodile and request-ing someone “call rescue.”Police say no one was hurt Wednesdaywhen the animal was picked up with thehelp of a catch pole typically used tonab stray dogs.
In China,jar of French mountain air fetches $860
BEIJING — Beijing artist LiangKegang returned from a business trip insouthern France with well-rested lungsand a small item of protest against hishome city’s choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.He put it up for auction before a groupof about 100 Chinese artists and collec-tors late last month, and it fetched5,250 yuan ($860).“Air should be the most valuelesscommodity, free to breathe for anyvagrant or beggar,” Liang said in aninterview. “This is my way to questionChina’s foul air and express my dissat-isfaction.”Liang’s work is part of a gust of recentartistic protest — and entrepreneurialgimmickry — reﬂecting widespread dis-satisfaction over air quality in China,where cities often are immersed days onend in harmful pollutants at levelsmany times what is considered safe bythe World Health Organization. Thechronic problem has spurred brisk mar-kets for dust masks and home air puri-ﬁers.China’s senior leaders have pledgedto clean the air, partly in response to acitizenry increasingly vocal aboutenvironmental issues. But it is a daunt-ing task that must be balanced withdemands for economic development andemployment crucial to maintaining sta-bility.In February, 20 artists wearing dustmasks lay on the ground and played deadin front of an altar at the Temple of Heaven park in a performance artprotest in Beijing.In March, independent artists in thesouthern city of Changsha held a mockfuneral for what they imagined would bethe death of the city’s last citizenbecause of smog.“If smog cannot be effectivelycleaned up, what it will leave us is deathand cities of death,” artist Shao Jiajunsaid.Liang’s contribution is a short, ordi-nary glass preserves jar with a rubberseal and a ﬂip-top. It has three small,handwritten paper labels: one with thename and coordinates of the French vil-lage, Forcalquier, where he closed the jar; one saying “Air in Provence,France” in French; and one with his sig-nature in Chinese and the date — March29.
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Actress Kelli Garner is 30.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated asEmperor of the French and was ban-ished to the island of Elba.
“I’d rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.”
— Tallulah Bankhead,American actress (1903-1968)
Actor Bill Irwin is64.Singer Joss Stoneis 27.
A ﬁreman performs with ﬁre during a protest against budget cuts in front of Catalunya’s Parliament in Barcelona,Spain.
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, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sov-ereigns of Britain.
, the Treaty of Utrecht was signed, ending the Warof the Spanish Succession.
, the treaty ending the Spanish-American War wasdeclared in effect.
, the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion” hadits London premiere. Canadian film animator NormanMcLaren was born in Stirling, Scotland.
, Iowa became the ﬁrst state to impose a cigarettetax, at 2 cents a package.
, during World War II, American soldiers liberatedthe notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald inGermany.
, President Harry S. Truman relieved Gen. DouglasMacArthur of his commands in the Far East.
, Pope John XXIII issued his ﬁnal encyclical,“Pacem in Terris” — “Peace on Earth.”
, Apollo 13, with astronauts James A. Lovell, FredW. Haise and Jack Swigert, blasted off on its ill-fated mis-sion to the moon.
a jury in Media, Pa., convicted former UnitedMine Workers of America president W.A. “Tony” Boyle of three counts of ﬁrst-degree murder for ordering the killings in1969 of union rival Joseph A. Yablonski, Yablonski’s wifeand daughter. (The convictions were overturned, but Boylewas found guilty in a re-trial.) Palestinian gunmen killed 16civilians, mostly women and children, in the northernIsraeli town of Kiryat Shmona.
, Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda asrebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control.
, Mexican ofﬁcials began unearthing the remains of victims of a drug-trafﬁcking cult near Matamoros; one of thedead was University of Texas student Mark Kilroy, who haddisappeared while on spring break.
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(Answers tomorrow)SLUSH ALBUM BETRAYADRIFTYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:To win the Green Jacket at Augusta, a golferneeds to play — MASTERFULLYNow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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Ethel Kennedy is 86. Actor Joel Grey is 82. Actress LouiseLasser is 75. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodmanis 73. Movie writer-director John Milius is 70. Actor PeterRiegert is 67. Actor Meshach Taylor is 67. Movie directorCarl Franklin is 65. Country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdaleis 57. Songwriter-producer Daryl Simmons is 57. Rock musi-cian Nigel Pulsford is 53. Actor Lucky Vanous is 53. Countrysinger Steve Azar is 50. Singer Lisa Stansﬁeld is 48. Rockmusician Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) is 44. ActorJohnny Messner is 44. Actor Vicellous Shannon is 43.Rapper David Banner is 40. Actress Tricia Helfer is 40.
The Daily Derby race winners are Whirl Win,No.6,in ﬁrst place;Winning Spirit,No.9,in secondplace;and Hot Shot,No.3,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:41.91.
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