Arnie to win ‘Animal of the Year’ award

Michigan’s veterinarians are honoring a 9-year-old Labrador retriever for its contribution to the physical rehabilitation of human patients.

Today the Okemos-based Michigan Veterinary Medical Association plans to recognize Arnold Palmer Neslage, known as Arnie, as its Therapy Companion Animal of the Year.

Arnie is a fixture at North Oakland Medical Centers in Pontiac. He was nominated by Thomas Barkham of the Paint Creek Animal Clinic in Rochester and beat out 25 other candidates for the award.

With the able assistance of his owner, Kay Neslage of Oakland County’s Oakland Township, Arnie has shown off his medical skills on the “Maury Povich Show,” served as a spokesdog for the American Heart Association in Texas and served as guest coach for 1993 national champion Texas Tech women’s basketball team.

“Arnie was sent here for a purpose — to help people,” Neslage told The Daily Oakland Press. “We’re thrilled that he has been recognized for what he does best.”

Arnie is an anchor to his young patients, who send a steady flow of mail to the Neslage home.



Rain, snow, freezing rain fall across U.S.

Rain, freezing rain and snow moved over a wide swath of the Plains, while rain showers and mountain snows developed in the Southwest and southern Rockies. Wind chill readings dipped far below zero across parts of the Northeast and New England.

Scattered snow developed over Kansas and Nebraska, while scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms were found across Texas. The northern Plains, upper Midwest and northern Mississippi Valley remained dry and partly cloudy.

In the East, partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies prevailed, along with bitter cold. Wind chill readings ranged to near 25 below zero across the Northeast and New England. Rain showers and mountain snow moved across the Southwest and southern Rockies; scattered rain also was reported in the Pacific Northwest.

Yesterday’s temperatures in the Lower 48 states ranged from a morning low of 30 below zero in the New York towns of Saranac Lake and Watertown, to a midday high of 81 degrees in Vandenberg, Fla.



No winners in Powerball, Rolling Cash lotteries

None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Wednesday night matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 5-32-43-47-48.

Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $10 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $12 million for Saturday.

Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $100,000 each, and there were 2 of those. They were sold in: Nebraska, Pennsylvania.

There were no Power Play Match 5 winners.

Meanwhile, in Ohio, The Rolling Cash 5 jackpot is growing to $124,000 for the next drawing tonight. There were no Rolling Cash 5 game tickets with the correct combination for the $110,000 drawing yesterday night.



Abbas bans Palestinians from carrying arms

The new Palestinian leadership yesterday banned civilians from carrying weapons and indicated it will appoint a new security minister known for his tough stance against militants — clear signs of seriousness about reining in violence, an Israeli precondition for peace talks.

The Palestinians came in for praise from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who said yesterday that conditions are right for a breakthrough toward peace.

Before the weapons ban was announced, Sharon said he was “very satisfied” with the actions of new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who has been pressing hard for a declaration by militant groups of a halt to attacks against Israel, ending four years of bloody violence.

-Compiled from Daily wire reports, yes we didn’t make them up this time

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