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Feb. 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM   |   Comments

House owners didn't know about party plans

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The owners of a Florida mansion billed as the site of a huge Super Bowl party authorities pledged to shut down said they did not know about the event.

Lawyer Jaime Rubinson sent an email Thursday to Miami Beach city officials saying her clients, whose names were not released, did not have a hand in organizing the party being advertised online as including DJs, an open bar and dancing women, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

"There is no contract to rent this house with the current or prior owner nor will there be any 'house party,'" Rubinson wrote. "If there is anyone on the premises, they are there illegally and the police should be called."

Officials previously said the party, which website wantickets.com was selling admission to for prices up to $500, was illegal and would not shut down because local laws prohibit parties with cover fees in single-family homes.

Watson James, who previously identified himself to the Herald as the organizer of the party, said Thursday the event has been canceled. He said he did not know the event violated local laws.

James did not say whether anyone had given him permission to hold the event in the home.


Bloomberg denies posterior comment

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a magazine erred in reporting he made a profane comment about a woman's rear-end at a holiday party.

Bloomberg was asked about the alleged incident, which was reported in a New York Magazine profile of Christine Quinn, during a Thursday news conference in Harlem, the New York Post reported Friday.

Writer Jonathan Van Meter said he overheard Bloomberg making the comment about an unidentified woman's posterior at a holiday party.

"I never said it, and I don't know where it came from," Bloomberg said.

The mayor became angry when the reporter asked if it was part of a pattern of sexist comments made by the mayor.

"OK, you can write anything you want," Bloomberg said. "Don't be ridiculous. That's an outrage for you to say that."


Gibbon befriends orangutan at zoo

CHICAGO, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Officials at a Chicago zoo said a gibbon was able to make his way into the orangutan area and befriend an ape of a different species.

Jay Petersen, curator of carnivores and primates at the Brookfield Zoo, said 3-year-old male white-cheeked gibbon Thani recently discovered how to cross from his display area to the orangutan display area, where he struck up a friendship with 4-year-old female Bornean orangutan Kekasih, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

"They have become playmates," Peterson said. "We've been watching them closely, but so far their interactions are positive, so we will let things be."

He said Kekasih's mother, Sophia, 32, has also taken a liking to Thani. Peterson said the gibbon has been seen jumping on Sophia's back, leading her to smile at him.

Peterson said a gibbon and an orangutan previously struck up a friendship at the zoo in the 1980s.

"It's a learning experience for us," Petersen said. "It shows us how they adapt to their surroundings while learning to interact with other primates."


Zoo keeps food smells away from bears

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Officials at a Manitoba zoo said steps are being taken to ensure food smells from a cafe opening Friday do not waft into the polar bear area.

The Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg said the Tundra Grill and Polar Playground, which opened its doors Friday, includes a high-tech ventilation system employing pollution scrubbers and ultraviolet lights to keep the food smells from being picked up by the polar bears in the adjacent Journey to Churchill exhibit, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.

Officials said garbage from the cafe is being kept refrigerated to shield the animals from odors.

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