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April 15, 2008 at 5:29 PM

McCain site recipes really Food Network's

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- First Barack Obama lifted campaign rhetoric from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; now it appears John McCain's Web site recipes really were the Food Network's.

The Huffington Post reports the page featuring Cindy McCain's family recipes has been taken down. The campaign is blaming an intern for posting them without attribution, CNN and TMZ.com reported. Just one problem with that, the Post noted. The Republican presidential contender's wife submitted the recipe for Passion Fruit Mousse as her own for a New York Sun article in January.

The gaffe came to light during the weekend when New York attorney Lauren Handel was searching the Internet for a specific recipe from Food Network chef Giada DeLaurentis. Searching for the ingredients turned up both the Food Network recipe and the McCain site, the Post said.


School bans tag for safety reasons

MCLEAN, Va., April 15 (UPI) -- A McLean, Va., school principal said she decided to ban the playground game of tag after it brought out "intense aggression" in students.

Principal Robyn Hooker of Kent Gardens Elementary School said in a letter to parents that the game was banned as a safety issue and she hopes to return the popular pastime to the playground after teachers and administrators review their recess policies, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Some parents welcomed the decision as a needed safety precaution.

Gerri Swarm, secretary of the school's Parent-Teacher Association, said the game becomes dangerous once children begin pushing and shoving. "In this day and age, you can't dismiss this as something not to worry about," she said.

However, others said the tag ban went too far.

"We are regulating the fun out of normal childhood activity," said Jan van Tol, who has a sixth-grade child at the school. "In our effort to be so overprotective, we are not letting children be children."


Man fined for digging dangerous tunnels

LONDON, April 15 (UPI) -- A London court has fined a man $555,000 after his house nearly collapsed due to tunnels he dug beneath the foundation over the course of 40 years.

William Lyttle, 77, was ordered to pay Hackney council for repairs to his home, a neighbor's home and nearby pavement plus $20,000 in legal costs after the tunnels he excavated under his house nearly caused the structure to collapse, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Lyttle, who was evicted from his home in 2006 so the repairs could go forward, kept cars, boats and other large items in the tunnels. The court also issued him an injunction to prevent him from undoing any of the council's repair work.


Bag of cash up for grabs -- with questions

WINDSOR, Ontario, April 15 (UPI) -- A bag filled with thousands of dollars found in a Windsor, Ontario, backyard will go back to its owner if police get a good explanation how it got there.

On April 4, a teenager cleaning up his family's backyard found the bag, which Windsor Police Staff Sgt. Ed McNorton said contained "many thousands" of dollars, the Windsor Star reported.

McNorton said police would reveal little about the find so as to force the real owner to provide an accurate description of the bag and its contents. He said investigators also want to know where the money came from and how it ended up in a suburban backyard, the report said.

He also didn't indicate if the money was Canadian or U.S. currency, since the city borders Detroit.

He said if no one comes forward within six months of the April 4 discovery, the teenager who found it will get to keep it, the Star said.

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