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Steve Stewart

A new kind of inmates for the jail

A mutual solution to the dog-pound and jail controversies was put forth by a friend of Kate Klepper.

"Let's put the dogs in the fourth pod of the new jail. It's a win-win for everyone," her friend said jokingly. "The county gets money from the city, and the city doesn't have to expend millions on building a new animal shelter.

"We'll let the jail trusties care for the dogs so we don't have to hire new jailers ... And the sheriff will save money on the pooch prisoners' Kibbles 'n Bits. Everyone wins. I'm only half kidding."

Then, with a straight face, the friend asked, "Do you think we can get (U.S. District Judge) U.W. Clemon here to sign off on that?"

Artistic license

Maybe Charles Seifried of Decatur owes his pets an explanation.

They aren't in his scenic photography exhibit, but "Alpha Cat," which belongs to a friend in New Jersey, is hanging on the wall at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.

That's the only pet Patrice Stewart could find in Charles' exhibit, which opened Friday and runs through May 13.

"We have eight cats and two dogs, and my wife, Brenda, asked why I didn't use our cats," Charles said. "I told her that I can't put my own pets in my exhibits."

Really? Brenda appears in one photo and their daughter is in another. Even three goldfinches from their backyard made the exhibit, along with ducks, an eagle and a blue heron.

Viewer advisory

A Decatur city employee tried accessing the Morgan County Circuit Court's Web site and was surprised at the outcome.

The city blocks inappropriate content from being displayed on its computers, Chris Paschenko explains.

When the employee typed in the circuit clerk's address, a warning appeared: "Your organization prefers that you not view this site. This site is restricted under the following categories: Nudity, tasteless/Gross."

It's unknown what would have caused such a warning.

Suing from the sidelines

Parents often second-guess their children's coaches, but a judge said one father went too far.

In Arcadia, Calif., Michael Oddenino's teenage daughter complained that her softball coach was insulting teammates, according to The Associated Press.

Michael, a lawyer, sued coach Don Riggio for $3 million. He claimed Don inflicted emotional distress on a player when he called her "a 2-year-old" and frequently called other players idiots.

Judge Jan Pluim dismissed the case, writing that there is nothing wrong with "a coach pushing an athlete to excel, and in so doing, using words that in another context would be considered rude, demeaning and even intimidating."

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