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Oct. 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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Short dresses lead to 2nd dance

STANSBURY PARK, Utah, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Officials at a Utah high school decided to hold a second homecoming dance after some girls were banned from the first one for their short dresses.

The second-chance dance was held Friday night at Stansbury High School in Stansbury Park, Salt Lake City's KTVX-TV reported.

The students welcomed the "Take 2" dance.

"I'm pumped. I love dancing!" Stansbury junior Aly Harding said.

"It's going to be so much fun," senior Dani Williams said.

"I think they kind of owe it to us because they kicked so many people out last time," said junior Kailey Woodley.

School Principal Kendall Topham said a decision was made to review the situation after some parents complained that several dozen students had not been allowed to attend the first dance two weeks earlier.

"It was unfortunate that the first homecoming dance went down the why it did," Topham said.

"Our goal has been to bring resolution to the situation and we're doing that with this replacement dance."

He said the girls would be allowed to wear dresses 3 inches shorter than normal to avoid any need for a close call the second time around.

Poo bags feature presidential nominees

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A Texas company has created special baggies for cleaning up dog poop that feature images of the presidential candidates.

Therapoo, which launched in September, sells designer dog-poo bags, some of which feature the likeness of Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, KTVT, Dallas-Fort Worth, reported.

"Just in time to cast your vote and your dog, too," the company said in a news release. "The entrepreneurs .... at Therapoo fancy themselves as your poo-litical action committee with a new smear campaign so get ready for the mud slinging."

The biodegradable bags sell for just under $20 for a 100-count order.

Therapoo also offers bags with the images of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Giraffe born at Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A giraffe at the Cincinnati Zoo gave birth to a healthy, 150-pound female calf, zoo officials said.

Tessa, a 5-year-old Maasai giraffe, gave birth to the calf in her indoor stall Friday morning, the zoo officials said in a release.

"The zoo is buzzing with excitement and incredibly, so is the community," said Thane Maynard, the zoo's executive director. "We made the decision several weeks ago to live-tweet the birth in real-time and the response has been astonishing. The #giraffebirth tweets spread like wildfire, making this, the first birth to be live-tweeted, an overwhelming success. And, we saw people heavily invested in the birth of this amazing, new baby. Most importantly, the calf is doing well, and she and mom are bonding."

Tessa, the newborn's father, Kimba, and the baby are doing well and bonding in a private area, the release said.

Visitors to the zoo will be able to view the newborn beginning Monday.

Farmers growing pink pumpkins for cancer

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A Minnesota farmer has planted pink pumpkins as a way of showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Bert Bouwman, who owns a farm in Brooklyn Park, planted 15,000 seeds this year that grew into light pink pumpkins, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Monday.

"There's a lot of pumpkin farmers out there, but not a lot of pink ones," Bouwman said. "This was a combination of a new product, a new opportunity, and most important, a way to support a cause that affects nearly every family."

About 50 vegetable growers nationally were a part of the campaign, started by the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation. The farmers supplied about 900 retailers nationwide with the pink pumpkins.

"It's going surprisingly well," said Gunars Sprenger-Otto, produce manager at Fresh Seasons Markets in Victoria and Minnetonka, Minn. "American Pumpkin Growers have donated a portion of Porcelain Doll Proceeds to Cancer Research."

The new seed is called "porcelain doll."

Farmers who bought the seeds signed a contract pledging to give 25 cents from every pink pumpkin to breast cancer research.

Bouwman, who grows other unusually colored pumpkins, such as white and peach, said he was surprised by the demand for the pink.

"I'm shipping them to other states, too," he said. "Missouri wanted two semi loads. I told them they could have one."

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