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Walk your dog for a good cause

Desert dog lovers who want to raise money for a good cause by simply walking a mile with their pooch can do so Saturday. The walk includes a pancake breakfast (for humans only), a complimentary doggie bag and bandanna and a demonstration from the Tucson Police Department K-9s.
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What:
Canine Walk for Cops to benefit the Tucson Police Foundation

When: 7 a.m. Saturday

Where: La Mariposa Resort, 1501 N. Houghton Road

Cost: $15 for dog and human; $10 for add’l dog with same human; $5 for human only for breakfast

To register: www.tucsonpolicefoundation.org or at 6:30 a.m. before the event

Including pets in fundraisers is a great idea. I’m more inclined to participate in outdoor – or any – activities if I can bring my dogs. For the record, we’ve only been banned from three places so far.

Dogs should be included in other fundraisers and community activities. Canines would be ideal for:

• Digging and ripping out buffelgrass

• Begging for spare change

• Dragging out trash and carcasses from area washes

• Ridding markets and gardens of unwanted cucumbers

What community or fundraising activity would your pet best perform?

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Folks post crime and flatulence online

The Internet is a fast and furious way to get your message to the masses.

We thought that was common knowledge.

Based on what some folks post online for the world to see, however, they are either lacking that common knowledge or plain common sense.

The latest idiotic posting was a video of an Arizona guy sexually assaulting his passed-out girlfriend, according to a report in The Associated Press.

Man posted sexual assault on Internet, court files say, The Associated Press

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man was arrested after police say he sexually assaulted his girlfriend while she was passed out and broadcast it live on the Internet, according to a court document obtained Tuesday.

Jonathan Richard Hock, 20, was arrested Monday on two counts of sexual assault, one count of kidnapping and one count of taking a surreptitious photo, according to a probable-cause statement filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The court document said Hock set up a computer Web camera and sexually assaulted his girlfriend of two weeks in her bedroom as she was unconscious from drinking alcohol on Feb. 26. The woman is 20 years old.

At least such idiotic postings make the cops’ job easier.

Another inane posting recently got two Domino’s pizza makers in trouble.

Domino’s Pizza Workers Who Videotaped Themselves Passing Gas on Food Face Felony Charges, FOX News

Two Domino’s Pizza employees in North Carolina face felony charges after a video showed them passing gas on salami, stuffing cheese up their nostrils — then using the foul fixins’ in the fast food.

Here’s a hint: If you do anything illegal, immoral or that will get you fired, it’s best not to post it on the Internet.

What’s the dumbest posting you’ve ever seen?

What’s the dumbest thing you ever posted?

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Bus rates go up

Starting Aug. 1, bus riders will be paying more for a fine ride on a Sun Tran around town.

Transit Fare Increase Approved, Sun Tran news release

TUCSON, Ariz. – At a public hearing held yesterday, City of Tucson Mayor and Council voted to approve a transit
fare increase effective August 1, 2009.

Sun Tran’s one-way full fare will increase from $1 to $1.25, the express fare from $1 to $1.50, and the day pass from $2 to $3.  Sun Van’s one-way full fare
will increase from $2 to $2.50. All economy fares remain unchanged for both systems.

I’ve never ridden a Sun Tran, but $1.25 still seems reasonable for a fare.

New York City subways and buses are up to $2 per ride. But then again, each NYC ride comes with a full comedy show.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen on a Tucson bus?

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Dying for a drink

The urge to get totally obliterated can be fully understood.

But some will go to great – and deadly lengths – to achieve it.

Like the southern Arizona artist who drank homemade liquor laced with the same stuff put in fuel, paint and formaldehyde.

Might as well slam a bottle of nail polish remover while you’re at it.

Bisbee artist among 25 killed by tainted liquor, The Associated Press
Artist Rose Johnson, an English-born painter and muralist who spent more than 20 years working in Phoenix and Bisbee, was among 25 people who died after drinking homemade liquor in Indonesia.

Johnson, 48, was one of at least four foreigners who died in the past two weeks after drinking homemade liquor laced with methanol on the resort islands of Bali and Lombok.

In Indonesia, police spokes-man Gde Sugianyar said that 20 others fell ill and were hospitalized after consuming home-brewed rice liquor, arak.

He said two people had been detained in connection with the poisonings.

Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, can be used for fuel and is an ingredient in formaldehyde as well as plastics and paints.

Alcohol is heavily taxed in Indonesia, the world’s most-populous Muslim nation, and the high prices have spawned a huge black market for wine and liquor.

Speedballs, anyone?

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Hunky Egyptian finds new home

We’ve all be writhing awake at night wondering if the sole remaining statue at Magic Carpet Golf – the sizable sphinx – would ever be adopted.

It did, thanks to Charlie Spillar.

Artist Spillar has now found new homes for all of the colossal, concrete statues that graced the miniature golf course that’s destined to become a car lot.

Photo by John Meyer
Photo by John Meyer
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Photo by John Meyer

The mammoth sphinx was the last man standing – and a tough one to place.

“People would call and say they are interested in the sphinx, but when they came to look they would realize it’s not something they can put in their front yard,” Spillar said.

Spillar, who was honored by Tucson’s mayor and city council for his statue efforts, did not yet disclose the hunky Egyptian’s new location.

But I bet once it’s up we won’t be able to miss it.

With all the quirky pieces of Tucson, and other Americana, slowly becoming extinct, Spillar needs to be applauded for helping some kooky stuff live on.

Way to go, Charlie.

Since he’s so effective at successful adoptions, perhaps his next step should be working with our animal shelters….

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