26/03/2014

The week's odd news: Utah students suspected of smoking pot in igloo

Four University of Utah students who police say were caught smoking pot in an igloo are facing possible discipline from campus officials.

Sgt. Garth Smith said the well-camouflaged hideaway was discovered by a passing campus security guard Jan. 31 in the woods between campus housing and Research Park.

Smith said the igloo was about 5 feet tall and had walls of snow about 10 inches thick. He said the students had either constructed it themselves or found it abandoned.

Smith said the guard passing through the area heard voices and smelled pot before finding the four men inside.

One of the students was cited for marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. All were referred to campus officials.

Officials then destroyed with a sledgehammer, Smith said.

Doughnut shop in YMCA won't sell doughnuts

QUINCY, Mass. — A doughnut shop chain won’t be selling doughnuts at a new Massachusetts location.

Quincy’s licensing board approved a plan for Honey Dew Donuts to open a shop inside the city’s new $30 million YMCA.

A spokeswoman for the YMCA told The Patriot Ledger that because of the organization’s emphasis on physical fitness, no doughnuts will be sold. The shop will sell coffee, low-fat muffins, salads, sandwiches, yogurt, fruit cups and smoothies. All menu items must be approved by the YMCA.

According to Honey Dew’s website, its low-fat muffins contain more calories and sugar than many of its doughnuts.

French zoo shows off rare lion cubs

BESANCON, France — Three Asiatic lion cubs are making their debut at a zoo in eastern France, raising slim hopes for one of the world’s rarest species.

The Besancon zoo held off announcing the Dec. 31 births until this week, afraid the two females and a male might not survive. Their mother let a single cub die last year, and the three are being kept from their father until zookeepers are sure he won’t hurt them.

There are about 300 Asiatic lions in the wild, all in an Indian reserve. About the same number are in captivity.

“Lions in captivity will not be reintroduced in nature — or probably not — because they are used to men and might potentially be dangerous,” zookeeper Guillaume Limouzin said Thursday.

Huge Marilyn Monroe statue to leave California

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — A massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has turned heads for two years in Palm Springs is headed east.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise said the 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue will be transported in April from California to Hamilton, N.J., where it will be part of an exhibit honoring its designer, Seward Johnson.

A going away party, open to the public, is planned for March 27.

The statue of the “Some Like it Hot” star arrived in the desert resort city in 2012. The sculpture depicts Monroe trying to push down her billowing skirt in her memorable scene in the “Seven Year Itch.” The “Forever Marilyn” statue, on loan from The Sculpture Foundation, was previously in Chicago.

Palm Springs officials said they hope to eventually lure Marilyn back.

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