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Canine courage

Washington, Aug. 22 (AP): Heroes comes in all shapes and sizes — and breeds, too. Popeye the bassett hound’s sad face brings laughter to children and adults at hospitals and schools in Puerto Rico.

Arthos, a solid-looking Beauceron search-and-rescue dog from Germany, helped save the life of a suicidal 12-year-old girl by leading police to the distressed child.

They joined five other dogs from around the world at a tribute ceremony yesterday organised by “Paws to Recognise,” a group that celebrates service dogs. Solid bronze medals were placed around their necks.

The pooches also pressed their paw prints in cement for a Hollywood-style “Canine heroes walk of fame.” The award for top dog in the US went to a yellow Labrador Retriever named Crazy Joe, a 32 kg narcotic detector for customs and border protection, adopted from an animal shelter. He’s assigned to John F Kennedy International airport.

Alive again

Hanoi (Reuters): An elderly Vietnamese man thought to have died in a hospital revived after spending the night in the morgue, state media and a doctor said on Friday. Nguyen Van Quan, 73, was declared dead and taken to a Ho Chi Minh City hospital morgue on the night of August 15 but was found alive by his daughter the next morning as she was retrieving the body for the funeral, the Vietnam News daily said. “I was shocked and frightened when I saw the blanket that covered my father moving,” Quan’s daughter said. “When the morgue’s officials pulled back the blanket, my father’s eyes moved, brightening with joy.” A doctor at the Nguyen Tri Phuong hospital, where Quan had been admitted after complaining of chest pain, said: “He is now still in the emergency section.” After Quan’s heart failed and he was declared dead, the man was placed in the morgue where he was laid for seven hours among corpses.

J.Lo case

Los Angeles (AFP): Jennifer Lopez reached an out-of-court settlement on Thursday with director Adam Shankman who had accused the singer-actress of having stolen his idea for a movie. Shankman, who directed lopez in The Wedding Planner, sued for $3 million in May, claiming she had taken his idea for a film based on the opera Carmen. According to documents in the superior court of Los Angeles, Shankman claimed to have told Lopez that she was a great singer and would be ideal for such a project. The suit alleges she tried to sell the idea to Universal Pictures as her own.

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