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200-pound wiener dog statue returned to Pennsylvania shop

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A wiener dog statue kidnapped from in front of a Pittsburgh car repair shop has been returned — albeit with a broken paw — after some teens say they saw it at a party over the weekend.

Forbes Auto Body owner Ed D'Angelo says he's not interested in pressing charges now that the 200-pound dog, one of two dog statues that stand "guard" outside his shop, has been returned.

The dogs are the work of James Simon, an artist who lives across the street from D'Angelo's shop in the city's Uptown neighborhood.

D'Angelo says the statues are just some of the artwork used to spruce up a neighborhood trying to rebound and rid itself of drug trafficking and prostitution.

Simon says of the theft, "You feel bad when one person disrespects a good thing that's happening."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


West Pennsylvania school intruder - deer - may prompt changes

APOLLO, Pa. (AP) — An unwanted intruder — a deer — is forcing a western Pennsylvania school district to take a second look at security at its high school.

Apollo-Ridge Superintendent Matt Curci tells the (Tarentum) Valley News Dispatch that the deer ran "full speed" into the school's magnetically closed lobby door, which caused it to open June 5.

Curci says the deer had to hit the door "in the right spot with a lot of force" to make that happen — but says the incident on June 5 has given officials pause that the door might otherwise be forced open.

Nobody was hurt when the deer got into the school, although classes were still in session. A Kiski Township officer patrolling the school was able to direct the startled animal out another door.

Information from: Valley News Dispatch, http://www.valleynewsdispatch.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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