Non­profit seeks per­son­hood, free­dom for 3 ele­phants at zoo

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HART­FORD, Conn. (AP) — An an­i­mal rights or­ga­ni­za­tion has asked a court to legally rec­og­nize the per­son­hood rights of three ele­phants at a Connecticut zoo and order them re­leased.

The Non­hu­man Rights Project an­nounced Mon­day it has filed a law­suit in Connecticut Su­pe­rior Court on be­half of ele­phants named Beu­lah, Karen and Min­nie at Com­mer­ford Zoo, a trav­el­ing pet­ting zoo based in Goshen.

The non­profit wants the court to re­lease the ele­phants to a nat­u­ral habi­tat sanc­tu­ary. It has filed a pe­ti­tion for a writ of habeas cor­pus, which for peo­ple re­lates to whether some­one is be­ing un­law­fully de­tained and should see a judge.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion ar­gued un­suc­cess­fully this year for two adult male chimps to be considered le­gal peo­ple.

▶BILL GATES GIVES $50 MIL­LION TO COM­BAT

ALZHEIMER’S: SEAT­TLE ( AP) — Bill Gates says he’s giv­ing $50 mil­lion to help fight Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

The Mi­crosoft co-founder said Mon­day that the do­na­tion to the De­men­tia Dis­cov­ery Fund is per­sonal and not through his char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion.

The London-based pri­vate fund is backed by gov­ern­ment, char­i­ties and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firms and seeks new treat­ments for the progressive, ir­re­versible neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease.

In a state­ment , Gates says men in his fam­ily have suf­fered from Alzheimer’s. He says he’s hope­ful that in time Alzheimer’s could be a chronic con­di­tion treat­able with med­i­ca­tion.

Gates says the first treat­ments for the dis­ease might not be fea­si­ble for a decade or more and would ini­tially be ex­pen­sive. He says the Gates Foun­da­tion might con­sider how to ex­pand ac­cess in poorer coun­tries when treat­ments are de­vel­oped.

▶BIL­LION­AIRE’S LAW­SUIT FOR YACHT DECO

RAT­ING TAB GOES TO TRIAL: ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Bil­lion­aire Thomas Golisano says an in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor over­charged him by more than $300,000 when she ren­o­vated his yacht.

The Demo­crat and Chron­i­cle re­ports the for­mer Buf­falo Sabres owner and three-time can­di­date for New York gov­er­nor tes­ti­fied Mon­day in a civil trial in Rochester. He main­tains the dec­o­ra­tor had agreed to pro­vide fur­nish­ings at whole­sale cost.

His wife, for­mer ten­nis star Mon­ica Se­les, tes­ti­fied she grew con­cerned about costs dur­ing a cruise in 2014 when there were so many pil­lows she couldn’t sit on a couch.

Golisano con­tends the dec­o­ra­tor over­charged by more than $300,000 on an $845,000 tab. The dec­o­ra­tor claims he was given the same deal she gave him on his subur­ban Rochester home.

▶BAR­BIE MAKES DOLL OF HI­JAB- WEAR­ING

OLYMPIAN IBTIHAJ MUHAM­MAD: NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Bar­bie says it will sell a doll mod­eled af­ter Ibtihaj Muham­mad, an Amer­i­can fencer who com­peted in last year’s Olympics while wear­ing a hi­jab.

Mat­tel Inc. says the doll will be avail­able on­line next fall. The doll is part of the Bar­bie “Shero” line that hon­ors women who break bound­aries. Past dolls have in­cluded gym­nast Gabby Dou­glas and “Selma” di­rec­tor Ava DuVer­nay.

Muham­mad said on Twit­ter that she was “proud” that young peo­ple will be able to play with “a Bar­bie who chooses to wear hi­jab!”

Muham­mad, the first Amer­i­can to com­pete at the Olympics while wear­ing a hi­jab, won a bronze medal in fenc­ing at the 2016 Rio Games.

▶BAR­BE­CUE MIN­ISTRY RAISES MORE THAN $90K

FOR SHOOT­ING VIC­TIMS: AD­KINS, Texas (AP) — A day­long bar­be­cue to help vic­tims of the mass shoot­ing at a Texas church raised more than $91,000.

Smokin’ Angels BBQ Min­istry or­ga­nized the ef­fort Satur­day at a tiny church in Ad­kins, a town just out­side San An­to­nio. Or­ga­niz­ers say all of the money raised will help fam­i­lies of those killed or wounded dur­ing the Nov. 5 shoot­ing ram­page at First Bap­tist Church in nearby Suther­land Springs.

The fundraiser sold thou­sands of $10 plates of bar­be­cue. Many vis­i­tors also left ad­di­tional do­na­tions.

Vol­un­teers worked overnight smok­ing 5,000 pounds of meat. When they quickly sold out, an­other 6,500 pounds of meat was do­nated.

Min­istry co-founder Mike Ritch says he’s proud of how vol­un­teers came to­gether in just three days.

Ritch and his wife, both pro­fes­sional chefs, founded the min­istry af­ter Hur­ri­cane Har­vey when they saw a need to feed peo­ple in times of cri­sis.

▶MICHI­GAN BAR APOL­O­GIZES FOR KICK­ING OUT

VET­ERAN, SER­VICE DOG: GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michi­gan bar has apol­o­gized for ask­ing a vet­eran and his ser­vice dog to leave the es­tab­lish­ment.

Jerome Smith was asked to leave The Hol­i­day Bar in Grand Rapids on Fri­day. Smith said he uses his ser­vice dog, Jo-Jo, to man­age post trau­matic stress dis­or­der from his time as a Marine.

“I ex­plained to them, ‘That’s not le­gal. That’s not right. You can’t do that,’” Smith said.

The Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act al­lows a per­son with a dis­abil­ity to bring a ser­vice an­i­mal into busi­nesses that serve the pub­lic. Busi­nesses can ask a ser­vice an­i­mal to leave if they be­lieve the an­i­mal’s be­hav­ior may threaten the health or safety of oth­ers.

Bar staff said they were con­cerned for the safety of the dog and oth­ers in the crowded bar. The bar later posted an apol­ogy on its Face­book page and said it will do­nate all of its sales from Nov. 12 to the Grand Rapids Home for Veter­ans. The bar said it hopes the do­na­tion will help raise aware­ness about the im­por­tance of ser­vice an­i­mals.

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