Naples readies for 'World Pizza Day'
NAPLES, Italy, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The city of Naples, Italy Tuesday prepared to kick off its 11th annual Pizzafest with the first ever "World Pizza Day."
Thursday's celebration will draw pizza-makers and lovers from all over the world, including Neapolitans returning from the United States, Australia and Japan, ANSA reports.
The annual festival turns out hundreds of pizzas as it seeks the "best Neopolitan pizza maker," ANSA said. This year's celebration will also include a bigger-than-ever exhibit on the history of Naples' most famous export.
Neapolitan Pizza Association President Antonio Pace said his association has no objection to pizzas being made around the world, "as long as they respect the rules," ANSA said.
"But to know if a pizza tastes as it should, it's better to try it at least once in Naples so you can compare it with those being produced elsewhere," he added.
Las Vegas mayor plans mob museum
LAS VEGAS, Nev., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman says he wants to convert the city's old federal courthouse, a National Historic Landmark, into a mob museum.
Goodman, a former defense lawyer who represented many alleged mobsters, said the landmark would pay tribute to the city's founders, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.
"The mob founded us, and I never apologized for them because I represented them, and they made me a rich man," he said.
However, some wonder whether the attraction, which would open in 2008, would be little more than a tribute to Goodman's own legal career. The mayor's former client list includes such notorious names as Chicago's Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro.
"Oscar's client list would fill any mob museum," said Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Smith, who wrote a book about Goodman. "You know, he has represented members of various organized crime families literally from coast to coast. He's most known locally and in Chicago, of course, for his representation of Tony Spilotro."
Dog saved by mouth-to-nose breathing
ZEVENAAR, Netherlands, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A dog in the Netherlands that accidentally hanged itself by its leash was saved by a passer-by who performed mouth-to-snout resuscitation.
The dog, an 18-month-old French Mastiff, jumped or fell from a balcony and dangled from its leash, Sky News reported. Neighbors in Zevenaar cut the dog down and found it had stopped breathing.
"First they tried heart massage, but that didn't work," said a police spokesman. "As I understand it, they then closed its mouth and breathed through its nose."
Some emergency medical technicians administered more first aid, Sky News said. After a visit to the vet, the animal was reportedly in good condition.
Beijing considers pet laws
BEIJING, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- China, concerned about rising cases of pet abuse and abandonment in its cities, plans to pass laws on keeping pets in its capital.
The Beijing Applied Law Research Institute will soon publish a study to help to draft the laws for the city, the Xinhua news agency reports.
The ways to ensure pets and people live in harmony deserve careful research, Wang Sen with the research institute told Xinhua. He said the growing problem involves issues relating to security, pet trade management, pet epidemic prevention and pet-related goods management.
The report says Chinese cities are experiencing a "pet craze." Beijing alone is home to more than 1 million dogs.