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POSTED January 16, 2013 9:44 p.m.

'STAND CLOSER TO THE RHINO' RESULTS IN GRAVE WOUND: JOHANNESBURG (AP) — When do you not listen to the African wildlife expert? When he tells you to stand closer to the rhino.

That suggestion by a South African game park owner resulted in serious injuries to a 24-year-old woman from Johannesburg.

The Beeld newspaper reported Tuesday that Chantal Beyer said the game park owner snapped pictures and suggested that she "stand just a little bit closer" seconds before the attack. Photos show Beyer and her husband only feet away from two rhinos.

The paper said that just after the photo was snapped, the rhino attacked, and its horn penetrated Beyers' chest from behind, resulting in a collapsed lung and broken ribs, the paper said. The Aloe Ridge Hotel and Nature Reserve, where the incident took place, declined to comment Tuesday.

DADS WRONGED ON BATCH OF PA. BIRTH CERTIFICATES: JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — About 500 new Pennsylvanians will get the wrong answer to the question "Who's your Daddy?" if they rely on their misprinted birth certificates.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reports Tuesday that a computer glitch caused the problem when the state Division of Vital Records recently transitioned to new records software.

Spokeswoman Holli Senior says the problem affected about 500 birth certificates. The software was supposed to pull the fathers' names from state records, but wound up pulling information from other areas of the birth records so the fathers' names were incorrectly printed on the birth certificates.

The state's permanent, computerized birth records are correct, however. Those with bollixed birth certificates have received a letter explaining the mix-up and instructions on how to get a corrected copy.

DETECTIVE: PRANKSTER REGISTERED AS 'OBAMA' IN 2008: PITTSBURGH (AP) — A county detective is trying to figure out how an apparent prankster was able to fill out a 2008 voter registration card signed "Barack H. Obama."

By the time Butler County elections officials processed the card, it went into the state's computerized database with the last name "Obana" — that is, with an 'n' in place of the 'm' — but a detective said that whoever filled out the card was clearly trying to register using President Barack Obama's full name.

"On the actual registration card, the attempted voter — we're assuming it's a college kid — the kid who wrote it put an 'm' in the name," Butler County detective Scott Roskovski told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The card was discovered last week when a jury commissioner was reviewing questionnaires set to be mailed to potential jurors. In Pennsylvania, potential jurors can be drawn from voter registration lists. The jury commissioner contacted the detective, who handles election-related issues for the county located about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.

VERNAL JUICE BAR TAXES LIBERALS $1 EXTRA: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A juice bar that charges liberals $1 more than conservatives says those on the political left are happy to oblige in the Utah oil town of Vernal - "all three of them," the owner jokes.

But wait. Do conservatives favor almond milk with blended avocado?

Yes, says George Burnett, a conservative who happens to be a fitness nut and a fan of healthy food. Weeks after he opened the I Love Drilling Smoothie & Juice Bar, he's listing one price for conservatives and $1 more for liberals, whom he blames for many of the country's problems.

"At my prices, it's still a good deal. But those who believe in big government and reckless spending cost all of us. So I should charge them more," Burnett said Wednesday.

Skeptics on the shop's Facebook page point out that Vernal, population around 9,000, has few liberals, so Burnett has little to lose by charging them more, winning the loyalty of roughnecks and "raking in the dough." The shop was devoid Wednesday of any liberal customers who could offer a rebuttal. Burnett and a son acknowledged they were stripping comments by liberals from their shop's Facebook page.

"Isn't this a form of discrimination — what if they charged Asians or Indians more?" Stephen Borton, one of Vernal's few Democrats, told The Associated Press. "This is dinosaur land. We get people from all over the world, and this is the wrong kind of publicity."

 

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