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Teacher who cartwheeled
OKLAHOMA---A former substitute teacher in
Oklahoma who exposed herself to students
when she did a cartwheel while wearing a long
skirt but no underwear has pleaded guilty to a
Lacey Sponsler pleaded guilty Monday to assault
after the charge was reduced from indecent exposure.
She was given a two year suspended sentence and
can't teach for two years. She will not have to register
as a sex offender.
Sponsler declined comment. Defense attorney Na-
than Milner told KTUL TV that Sponsler believes the
incident was "blown out of proportion" and is glad
the case is over.
Sponsler was charged in February after allegedly
performing a cartwheel in which she exposed herself
during a high school choir class in Pawhuska, about
100 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. (AP)
Statue kept in
returns to Italian church
PHILADELPHIA---A life-sized statue missing
from an Italian church is returning home after
spending decades in a Philadelphia home as a
woman's personal shrine.
Ed Nader said he was visiting Montauro, Italy, the
birthplace of his great-grandmother, when he men-
tioned the six-foot statue depicting St Pantaleon tied
to a tree that she kept in a closet.
Nader says the town mayor became excited, telling
him through an interpreter that it belonged to the
church, where its place had been sitting empty for
years. Nader agreed to return it.
He says a group of Montauro parishioners had
brought the statue to the US in 1946 for a parade on
the saint's feast day. For some reason, he says, they
left it with his great-grandmother and never returned
to retrieve it. (AP)
Spanish islands approve booze-free, bloodless bullfights
MADRID---Bullfights in Spain's Balear-
ic Islands will be shorter, bloodless and
only for adults under new regulations
passed Monday that also ban alcoholic
beverages in the bullring.
A majority of left-wing lawmakers in the
islands' regional parliament approved the
so-called "Balearic-style bullfighting" bill,
which also requires anti-doping tests for
both matadors and bulls.
The time that each bull spends in the
ring should be limited to 10 minutes and
each bullfight last for 30 minutes maxi-
mum, says the new law, effectively reducing
from six to three the number of bulls that
are traditionally pitted against matadors
at each event.
Conservative deputies who opposed the
law said bullfight promoters would find it
virtually impossible to hold any under the
Even if promoters can draw bullfighting
fans to blood-free "corridas," critics said
making the events profitable will be a chal-
lenge since the law also carries insurance re-
quirements and fines up to 100,000 euros
($116,000 dollars) if animals get hurt or spec-
tators under age 18 are found in the venue.
"It's a law made treacherously to ban our
culture," Popular Party deputy Miquel Jerez
said, according to Spanish private news agen-
cy Europa Press.
Opponents say the bill is at odds with the
protection the Spanish Constitution grants
to bullfighting as part of the national cultural
Jerez said the central government would
be seeking to overturn the regional legisla-
tion. Spain's Constitutional Court ruled last
year against a 2010 ban on bullfighting in the
northeastern region of Catalonia.
Laura Camargo, a lawmaker with the Po-
demos party that proposed the bill, said that
the new "corridas" could still be appealing the
way they are in Portugal and parts of South-
ern France, where animals are not killed or
subject to physical injuries.
Humane Society International, an animal
rights organisation, hailed Monday's move by
the islands' parliament as "a very satisfying
victory for compassionate policymaking."
"Taunting and killing bulls for entertain-
ment is a brutal anachronism," said Joanna
Swabe, Humane Society International's
public affairs director for Europe. "This vote
shows that a full ban is not strictly necessary
to end the practice of bullfighting." (AP)
In this Saturday photo, the Miccio family pose for
a photo with a 926-pound Mako shark that they
helped catch at Hoffmann Marina in Brielle, New
Jersey. State environmental officials said
Tuesday, that the catch won't be recognised as a
state record because more than one angler helped
catch it. AP PHOTO
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