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■ Den­nis Ma­theny, a 69-year-old grand­fa­ther in Hamil­ton, Ohio, who posted a sign that says “No Drugs To­day” to de­ter drug sales in his neigh­bor­hood, is get­ting help to buy more such signs through a com­mu­nity rally and do­na­tions from busi­nesses.

■ Theodore Gun­der­son Jr., 58, un­happy there weren’t enough cu­cum­bers on his salad, cursed and threw a salad at a fast-food worker in New Hol­land, Pa., re­sult­ing in his ar­rest on charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault and other counts, po­lice said.

■ Anand Ku­mar said po­lice in Luc­know, In­dia, are telling vil­lagers to quash ru­mors of ghosts or witches cut­ting off women’s braids as po­lice in­ves­ti­gate sev­eral at­tacks in which women wake up to find their hair chopped off and piled neatly on their pil­lows.

■ Jamie Ad­kins, 25, and Brian Dekam, 55, were ar­rested on child-en­dan­ger­ment charges in Elyria, Ohio, on ac­cu­sa­tions that they loaded five chil­dren, ages 2 to 15, who were in­fested with fleas, bed­bugs and lice, into the back of a rental truck to go to a flea mar­ket.

■ Peter Zuc­carelli, 62, of Plano, Texas, faces five years in prison af­ter plead­ing guilty to or­der­ing from U.S. sup­pli­ers ra­di­a­tion-hard­ened in­te­grated cir­cuits that he then smug­gled abroad for use by space pro­grams in China and Rus­sia, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said.

■ David Phung, who jumped off a boat and ripped open a sink­ing con­vert­ible’s roof to save a woman and her dog dur­ing last year’s flood­ing in Ba­ton Rouge re­ceived a Sil­ver Life­sav­ing Medal from the Coast Guard, while three other res­cuers got mer­i­to­ri­ous pub­lic-ser­vice medals.

■ Steven Tor­res, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Com­mis­sion, said a young bald ea­gle res­cued by bi­ol­o­gists from a garbage col­lec­tion cen­ter in Lake City likely would have died from eat­ing a toxin at the trash dump.

■ Matt Hutchin­son, a lieu­tenant with the Eddy County, N.M., sher­iff’s of­fice, said the county has seen an uptick in cat­tle shoot­ings this year af­ter deputies found six more an­i­mals on two prop­er­ties shot and killed, spark­ing spec­u­la­tion about a se­rial cat­tle killer.

■ Francesca McAn­drews was driv­ing to work when she stopped to res­cue a piglet that was dart­ing in and out of traf­fic in Lan­caster, Pa., and now is work­ing with area busi­nesses to raise enough money to pay for her­nia surgery that the tiny swine needs to sur­vive.

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