June 24, 2018
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Florida man reunites with lost kitty in Colorado

From wire reports

GOLDEN, Colo. — A cat who wandered away from his new home in Florida has been reunited with his owner after being found nearly 2,000 miles away in Colorado.

Waylon, an orange-striped tabby cat, was reunited with Daniel Johns on Wednesday at the Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden.

The cat went missing from the Naples, Fla., area in June, disappearing within an hour after Johns adopted the stray. Waylon apparently fled through a hole in a dryer vent.

Last month, a woman in a Denver suburb noticed him hanging around as she walked her dog and brought him to the shelter. A microchip linked the cat to Johns.

It’s not known how the cat made its way to Colorado. One of the shelter’s theories is that snowbirds may have taken the cat home with them.

Chile navy locates solo US sailor in South Pacific

SANTIAGO, Chile — An 84-year-old American making his seventh attempt to sail alone around the tip of South America was found tired but alive by the Chilean Navy on Wednesday after his mast broke far from land in the South Pacific.

The Chilean Navy located Thomas Louis Corogin on his 32-foot sailboat more than 520 miles south of Easter Island, stranded but in relatively stable weather, with ocean swells of about 15 feet.

Corogin activated his emergency beacon on Tuesday morning, prompting the Navy to send out an Orion search and rescue plane, which searched a vast expanse of ocean. The plane had to return to Easter Island and refuel before going out again and spotting the tiny boat, Captain Jorge Bastias, the Navy’s top spokesman, told The Associated Press.

The Navy then arranged for a Japanese merchant ship, the White Kingdom, to pluck Corogin off the vessel and its captain reported that he was in good health. The Navy said the ship will arrive at Valparaiso on Saturday.

Corogin, a lawyer who runs a small marina in Port Clinton, Ohio, set sail from Easter Island on Dec. 27.

Canadian bishop gets 15 months in child porn case

TORONTO — A Canadian Roman Catholic bishop who admitted he was addicted to looking at child pornography left court Wednesday a free man after being credited for time served in his 15 month sentence.

Bishop Raymond Lahey was arrested at the Ottawa airport in 2009 after customs authorities found almost 600 pornographic photos of young teen boys on his laptop and a handheld device.

Some of the porn involved adolescent boys engaged in sex acts while wearing a crucifix and rosary beads.

The case was especially shocking to Canadians because Lahey had overseen a multimillion-dollar settlement for clerical sexual abuse victims in his diocese before he was charged.

Lahey, 71, pleaded guilty last May to one count of importing child pornography and voluntarily went to jail to begin serving time before his formal sentencing.

Ontario Court Justice Kent Kirkland on Wednesday gave Lahey two-for-one credit for the time he served and two years probation.

Lahey will have to submit a DNA sample and register as a sex offender.

2 men sentenced in race-based 1993 murder in Britain

LONDON — A judge sentenced two white men to at least 14 years in prison on Wednesday for killing a black teenager 18 years ago, a case that exposed racism in Scotland Yard and prompted discussions about race relations in Britain.

Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were sentenced to at least 15 years and two months and 14 years and three months in prison respectively for the murder.

The “evil” crime was committed for “no other reason than racial hatred,” Judge Colman Treacy told a packed courtroom Wednesday at the Old Bailey in London.

In April 1993, Stephen Lawrence, 18, was waiting at a bus stop in southeast London when five or six men swarmed around him and began shouting racist abuse. He was stabbed to death in a brief but frenzied attack.

Britons across ethnic groups condemned the attack and were outraged that Lawrence’s killers remained free while his parents, Doreen and Neville, campaigned for justice. The police were later accused of systemic racism that resulted in the mishandling of the case.

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