Poland censors to ban vulgarity for pope
WARSAW, Poland, May 10 (UPI) -- Teams of Catholic journalists will scrutinize Poland's state-controlled television to eliminate any trace of sex from the TV screens during a papal visit.
Special censors promoted for the occasion are to purge from television programs ads for personal hygiene products and underwear, the Italian ANSA news agency reported.
Beer ads are expected to be another target of "vulgarity" censors, who are due to start work on May 15, 10 days before Pope Benedict XVI arrives on a visit to Poland.
There will be no sexy ads, no raunchy soap operas and no commercials for condoms on the state TVP network. Even ads for underwear will be scratched when in-house Catholic censors get to work next week.
According to the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's television is determined to avoid anything that might distract viewers' attention and sully coverage of Benedict's visit May 25-28.
An ad for the World soccer cup in June, in which a man and woman are seen having sexual intercourse has already been taken off the air, Gazeta Wyborcza said.
Iowa town struggles with cat feeders
CLERMONT, Iowa, May 10 (UPI) -- A small town in northwest Iowa is debating the best way to get residents to stop feeding stray cats.
Clermont Mayor Rodney Wagner urged police to start photographing anyone they catch in the act, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Daily Courier reported. But Police Chief Arthur Sullivan has no plans to do that.
It's not that Sullivan thinks there is no problem. In the four years he has been police chief, he has been getting complaints about the cats and those who feed them.
"We have people who feed the wild cats and the cats leave something behind," Sullivan told the newspaper. "One guy won't be able to use his hot tub."
Sullivan himself would like a variation on the Pottery Barn rule -- you feed it, you own it. And then the new owner's responsibilities would include providing a litter box.
New info Geronimo's skull may be at Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 10 (UPI) -- Dusty evidence has emerged that lends credence to rumors that Yale students exhumed and stole the skull of Geronimo from Oklahoma in 1918.
Journalist Marc Wortman of New Haven, Conn., found a letter written by a member of the university's secretive Skull and Bones society that said members had unearthed Geronimo's skull from his grave in Fort Sill, Okla.
The tale first surfaced in the 1980s, after leaders of the San Carlos Apache in Arizona received photos of a glass case holding a skull, stirrups and horse bit purporting to belong to Geronimo.
There are also allegations in a 1930s log provided to the Apache that President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, later a U.S. senator from Connecticut, helped dig up the grave, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported.
Regardless, Garrick Bailey, a professor at the University of Tulsa, said Skull and Bones has an obligation to clear up the mystery. It doesn't matter whether the skull belongs to Geronimo or was named that in jest, he said.
Sludge dump neighbor: 'You want to puke'
NEW BOSTON, Mich., May 10 (UPI) -- A New Boston, Mich., landfill that takes in up to 360,000 tons of sewage sludge a year has residents holding their noses in response to expansion plans.
Resident Laura Zajac is far from loving the smell of "New Boston in the morning."
"It's nasty," Zajac told the Detroit News. "It's embarrassing to have people come over and say, 'Oh wow, what a beautiful house,' then say, 'But what's that smell?' You want to puke."
The Zajacs said they had no idea when they moved to their $430,000 home three years ago that one of North America's largest sludge dumps was nearby.
Wayne County and Huron Township, Mich., oppose Republic Services' plan to expand the sludge dump by 68 acres, to 500 acres.
Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality said, while it has received "thousands" of odor complaints the past two years, it cannot consider that issue or the hot button issue of importing Canadian waste when it rules on the proposal next month.