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Mad Minute stories for Thursday, November 5th

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DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -- Durango police are investigating an assault that involved a priest, a pope and a Good Samaritan.
Sgt. Deck Shaline tells The Durango Herald (http://goo.gl/TmzyKa ) the suspect, who was dressed as a priest for Halloween, punched the victim and knocked him unconscious, then kicked him in the head several times early Sunday morning. The suspect was seen after the assault entering a bar accompanied by another man who was dressed as the pope.
Shaline says a Good Samaritan who intervened in the attack prevented the injuries from being much worse. The victim, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized but has since been released.
The assault happened while officers were responding to several other 911 calls around town following the zombie march on Halloween.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Like a scene out of a Hollywood tearjerker, a baby pygmy goat that vanished from the Arizona State Fair came home to its mother Thursday surrounded by TV cameras and jubilant fairgoers.
Dozens of employees and visitors burst into applause as GusGus was gently placed in the pen where he was last seen. Several people huddled to watch mother and kid reunite below a "Welcome Home GusGus!" banner and "Welcome Home" balloons.
Fair livestock director Karen Searle said a man walking his dog along a canal in Phoenix found GusGus and took him to a pet store, where an attentive worker reached out to the State Fair.
"They called the fair and sent pictures to our phone," Searle said. "We said 'It's got to be him' and it was him."
GusGus was hungry and tired but not injured. Searle believes someone simply dumped him near the canal and that he couldn't have been out there that long.
Finding him was especially urgent because he cannot survive without his mother's milk. The miniature goat weighs less than 5 pounds and is still nursing.
Born last month, he also has not received all his shots. Fair workers say they wish they could meet the man who found GusGus, but he didn't even leave his name at the pet store.
"From the bottom of our hearts, we'd like to thank him," petting zoo manager Emilie Owen said. "He literally saved GusGus' life by finding him."
Families at the fair who had heard about the missing goat earlier in the day were also in a celebratory mood.
"It's good to know he's OK. He's so little," said Megan Zimbelman, who was there with her high school classmates.
Someone took tiny GusGus from his pen Wednesday evening. The kidnapping sparked disbelief and legions of followers on social media who helped make the missing animal a hot topic. His disappearance sparked the hashtag, #FindGusGus.
"In over 30 years that we've been doing this, I have never had anything like this happen," Owen said.
The images of the mother, Custard, crying for her missing kid helped bring even more attention to the story. According to petting zoo workers, Custard was calling out for her baby.
Searle said there are employees in the petting zoo at all times. So someone would have noticed if GusGus had tried to run off. Because he is tame and accustomed to humans, he would not have cried out if someone picked him up.
"This was definitely an intentional theft. There's no way it was an accident," Searle said.
GusGus and Custard are part of a menagerie of animals provided by the Oregon-based Great American Animal Entertainment Company, which brings petting zoos to events around the country. The makeshift barn that houses the petting zoo at the Arizona State Fair has no surveillance cameras. Owen said it saddens her that now they have to change security around the petting zoo.
"Probably we'll have someone stationed at the exit gate from now on, checking people to make sure nobody is leaving that isn't supposed to be," Owen said.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- After 20 years of people sticking their gum to the walls of an alley by Seattle's Pike Place Market, officials say it is time for a cleanup.
Pike Place Market announced this week it will take down the estimated 1 million pieces of gum off the walls of Post Alley. Known as the "gum wall," the sticky landmark has become a popular attraction to visitors and locals.
Besides gum, people leave pictures, business cards and other mementos. Some pieces of gum were shaped into hearts and messages.
Tourist Katri Mattsson said the gum wall was "pretty gross," but also "in way very impressive."
The market has hired a contractor that will use steam to melt off the gum, beginning Nov. 10. Pressure washing damages the historic building too much.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Flooding, snowstorms, a flu outbreak, even a fire - any of those might have slowed a group of Wisconsin nuns who say none of it has kept their order from praying nonstop for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 137 years.
The La Crosse-based Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration claim to have been praying night and day for the ill and the suffering longer than anyone in the United States - since 11 a.m. on Aug. 1, 1878.
"When I walk into the chapel I can feel this tangible presence kind of hit (me)," said Sister Sarah Hennessey, who helps coordinate the prayers.
The tradition of perpetual Eucharistic adoration - uninterrupted praying before what is believed to be the body of Christ - dates to 1226 in France, according to Sister Marlene Weisenbeck. Catholic orders around the world have done it since then. It grew in popularity in 19th century and again under Pope John Paul II, said Father Steven Avella, a history professor at Marquette University.
In La Crosse, the nuns estimate they've prayed for hundreds of thousands of people, including 150,000 in the last decade.
"Sometimes it's overwhelming with the pain that people have and the illnesses that they are suffering," said Donna Benden, who is among 180 lay people known as "prayer partners" who help the 100 sisters. Benden prays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Wednesday before going to work.
The order started asking for community help in 1997, when the number of nuns began dwindling. Nowadays, the sisters usually take night shifts and lay people cover the day, according to Sister Maria Friedman, who schedules two people for every hour. "Even the sisters go away frequently or take on other tasks, it's the complexity of modern life," she said.
She said she's constantly trying to find ways to make it easier, like getting a bed on campus where lay people can sleep. If necessary, the sisters will find more creative solutions. "We will make it work," she said.
Other U.S. orders also pray 24 hours, seven days a week, like the 16 nuns who take two-hour shifts at Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Cleveland, Ohio. Their order has done so in the U.S. since 1921, a carryover from an effort that began in 1856 in France, according to that order's Sister Mary Thomas. One or two nuns are there at all times, with no help from lay people. Some orders, though, have scaled back to part-time because of aging nuns or other reasons.
Since the La Crosse nuns began, they've prayed through a fire in an adjacent building in 1923, a flood in La Crosse in 1965, the flu and many storms. Sister Hennessey compiles the requests for each day from paper slips people leave in person, phone calls, emails and online forms.
On the list recently was Laura Huber, 52, a principal of two La Crosse-area schools, who was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 months ago. A school board member requested the prayers for her, she said.
"The prayer sustained me in ways I haven't been able to articulate," she said, adding, "I felt warm and loved and cared about by strangers and that's an incredible feeling."
Sister Friedman says she never has problems finding people to help. She has a list of substitutes, but the prayer partners and nuns often take extra hours.
"If it's 11 o'clock at night and it's my hour and another sister doesn't show up, I can't just go to bed," said Sister Hennessey. "You're like, 'It's 137 years - I have to stay awake.'"

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HOUSTON (AP) -- A cow statue decorated with a Southwestern theme has been found after it was swiped from outside the Children's Museum of Houston.
Museum officials say a Facebook tip led them to the missing cow, hidden in a drainage pipe at a construction site near the University of Houston. It was found several hours after workers discovered the statue missing from the museum.
The brightly colored Border Bovine sculpture features images of mountains, the Rio Grande, a longhorn's skull and cactus. The piece was bolted down next to another cow state that wasn't taken.
The decorated statues were part of a 2001 Houston arts effort called Cow Parade.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco police are looking for a transgender woman who allegedly threatened a security guard with a hatchet after stealing a handbag from a department store.
KCBS-Radio reports (http://cbsloc.al/1MATXqA ) the robbery happened around Monday afternoon at a Bloomingdale's store in downtown San Francisco.
Police say the woman entered the store and took the handbag, and when a security guard approached, she took out a hatchet from a bag and threatened him.
The security guard backed down, and the woman left the store, fleeing on a bicycle.
A police report describes her as a black male transgender, in her 40s, about six feet tall, weighing less than 200 pounds.

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African media say a high school student stole a bus in a desperate effort to get to his final year mathematics exams.
Broadcaster eNCA reported Thursday that Le-Aan Adonis got behind the wheel when the driver failed to show up.
Adonis told eNCA he found the keys in the bus. Other students said they asked the 20-year-old to drive because they trusted he could handle a bus.
The broadcaster said a traffic officer stopped the bus a short distance from the school in a village in the Western Cape province, and fined Adonis fined 5,000 rand (about $361).
According to eNCA, Adonis faces a school disciplinary hearing. He has already received offers of free legal representation and donations for his fine.
The students arrived on time for their exam.

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Pima County authorities say four emus that got loose in a neighborhood on Tucson's southwest side have been captured.
The four large birds were contained Thursday in the area of West Drexel Boulevard and South Cardinal Avenue.
County sheriff's officials say two of the emus have been returned to their owner and are back in their pen.
They say the other two emus are being taken back to their owner in a horse trailer.
The emu is the largest bird native to Australia and the second-largest bird in the world, behind the ostrich.
In February, two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community before they were captured by authorities, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey mother said she was shocked when her eighth-grade son showed her a homework assignment that asked him to consider what he would do if he contracted herpes after drinking and having a one-night stand.
Amy Loper said her son was given the assignment in his language arts class at the Myron L. Powell Elementary School in the Cedarville section of Lawrence Township.
The question asked students to respond to the following: "You had a really rotten day, but lucky for you your best friend is having an awesome party later. You go to the party and start drinking. You have a little too much to drink and start talking to this girl/guy you've never seen before. You head upstairs to get better acquainted despite several friends telling you that you don't even know this person. You end up having sex with this person. The next day you really can't remember everything that happened and rely on your best friend to fill you in. A week later you find out that you contracted herpes from your one night stand and that this is a disease you will have all your life and never know when an outbreak will occur."
Loper, who openly talks to the 13-year-old about such topics, said her son thought it was funny. She said she knows some people think the scenario could happen at that age, but she believed it was the wrong class for such an essay.
She said the school superintendent told her it was part of the core curriculum and was a companion with a book the students were given titled "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens."
"She said I could opt him out of sex education if I wanted, but I wanted to opt him out of language arts instead," Loper said.
Her son did not complete the assignment.
Messages left for the school superintendent were not returned. The school was closed for the New Jersey Education Association's annual convention.

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A company called Shitexpress is offering a rather stinky gift this holiday season.  
Shitexpress, based in Hong Kong, delivers steamy piles of horse poop with a personalized message of your choice. 
The business launched as a marketing experiment, and it's sticking around. The CEO says he made $10,000 in its first month.
It costs $16.95 for one delivery, to just about anywhere in the world, except Australia. 
 

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