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Latest in Upscale Pet Care: Much plastic surgery on dogs, said Brookline, Mass., veterinarian Scott Groper, is done for medical reasons (e.g., Boston terriers’ small noses interfere with breathing), but vanity (but not the dog’s vanity) sometimes plays a role, as Los Angeles surgeon Alan Schulman told the Boston Herald in January. “Most of the time,” he said, “it’s women who have already done everything they possibly could to themselves and are starting to (make over) their dogs,” with pooches’ low-hanging lips and drooling problems being the primary reasons for dog face-lifts.
In the fall of 2004, Ron Nunn Elementary school (Brentwood, Calif.) ended its “Golden Circle” program, which officials soured on because it honored only kids with good grades, and established in its place the “Eagle Society,” which also celebrates personal, nonacademic achievements. The principal said he could not bear to see the sad faces of kids left out of the Golden Circle and wanted “all of our kids to be honored.”
The city council of Ota (north of Tokyo) implemented a policy in January to require that male city workers take six separate weeks of paid leave sometime before their new child’s first birthday so that (said one official) “men (get) involved in raising children.” The men will also have to submit written reports on child-rearing.
Olga Abramovich, 49, was arrested in Brooklyn, N.Y., in October and charged as the person who, in a rage, had painted as many as 20 swastikas on buildings and cars in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods; police said Abramovich, a Christian, was upset that her ex-husband had re-married to a Jewish woman 14 years younger than she.
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