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Mad Minute stories from Monday, August 15th

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- An Italian restaurant in New Mexico is drawing criticism on social media for making merchandise with a slogan mimicking the Black Lives Matter movement.
News station KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports that Paisano's in Albuquerque is selling "black olives matter" shirts and hats after making national headlines for putting the phrase on a sign outside the restaurant.
Owner Rick Camuglia says he emblazoned the phrase on the restaurant's main sign to sell a new recipe: a tuna dish with black olive tapenade.
Camuglia posted pictures of the dish and the sign on Facebook, drawing complaints he was being insensitive and trivializing a movement aimed at trying to stop police shootings of black residents.
Camuglia says he's not trying to stir racial tensions and was only trying to sell food.

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BEREZNIKI, Russia (AP) -- While fears of the Zika virus have kept some people away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, for residents of one Russian town the more mosquito bites the better.
At this weekend's Russian Mosquito Festival in the town of Berezniki, 9-year-old Irina Ilyukhina won the "tastiest girl" category with 43 bites to show for going berry-picking in the forest with her mother. She was awarded a ceramic cup in recognition of the welts all over her legs.
Unusually hot and dry weather in the Ural Mountains town, however, has greatly depleted the number of mosquitoes this year. Festival organizers had to cancel the traditional mosquito hunt, where participants try to collect as many of the insects as possible in jars.
The heat also had Yana Solyarskaya sweltering in her mosquito costume as she led some of the dancing at the festival, now in its fourth year.
Russia has detected only a few Zika cases, all in people who are believed to have been infected in areas overseas where the virus has spread.

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Commerce, TX - No shoes, no shirt, no service. But what about hooves? 
A Texas man decided to test that boundary as he rode his horse into a local Taco Bell. 
Latham Crump posted a video on his Instagram after bringing his horse into the Taco Bell. 
Apparently, Crump is not the first person in Texas to ride a horse to a Taco Bell. A Taco Bell customer was fined $266 for taking his horse through the drive-thru, according to Eater.com.
According to Eater.com, no one filed charges on this incident. 

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TRUCKEE, Calif. - A pelican got a free ride in the back of a cruiser, courtesy of California Highway Patrol on Tuesday.
According to CHP-Truckee, officers received reports of an injured pelican on westbound Interstate 80 just west of the Overland Trail.
They arrived on scene, but the bird tried to fly away. One officer, identified as a former falconer, was able to rescue it when it landed next to the interstate's travel lanes.
The bird was taken into CHP custody, where it will await transfer to Homewood Wildlife Rescue.

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Island of Zlarin, Croatia - Residents of Croatia's Island of Zlarin and their guests are in hunt for mullets, armed not with fishing poles, but with saucepans.
This week, the seventh world championship saw a gathering of good will, saucepans, towels, and flour.
Zlarin's waterfront was full of competitors from all over the world for this unique competition. 
First, they spread the flour on their saucepans and throw it into the sea four times. 
Not surprisingly, most pans come back nearly empty.
However, for one team, a single saucepan toss rounded up four dozen mullets!
Competition organizers told local media they were more than satisfied with the response and the spirit of the games.
The number of international teams increases every year and some worry that soon the Zlarin waterfront will be too small to host the event.

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(FOX) - Tracy Rosner, a Florida elementary school teacher, doesn't speak Spanish - but that didn't stop her from applying for an assignment in the extended foreign language program. 
And when she didn't get hired, she decided to sue the Miami-Dade County School Board.
According to the Miami New Times, Rosner, a third grade teacher at Coral Reef Elementary filed a federal lawsuit in Florida alleging employment discrimination based on her race. Rosner is white.
The school offers students three tracks: Gifted, college prep, and extended foreign language (EFL), where they receive one hour of foreign language instruction per day.
According to her attorneys, in May 2015 Rosner asked to be assigned to the EFL track. Her students would be taught in English and a second language.
The lawsuit states: "As a direct and proximate result of the retaliation against Ms. Rosner, and the violation of her rights ... Ms. Rosner was provided a less desirable position and has damages including emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life."
Rosner claims the school's principal required that teachers be fluent in the second language they're teaching, but says she was "otherwise fully qualified" for the position and the policy is discriminatory. She suggested the school give her the job, but have someone else teach the one hour of instruction.
Following Rosner's failure to receive her requested reassignment, she says the principal punished her by increasing her workload, and requiring her to teach several subjects in addition to just reading and language arts. Rosner took her complaint to the school district's civil rights office, but administrators rejected her grievances and closed the case.
Rosner's lawsuit alleges that since non-Spanish speakers are a minority in Miami-Dade County, pursuing Spanish-speaking teachers "disproportionately affects" her and others like her.

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Oh the horror. That's how one man described the events that unfolded when his Roomba ran over dog poop, spreading a 25-foot trail of feces throughout his house.
In a Facebook post, Jesse Newton said his dog, Evie, defecated in the living room at some point between midnight and when his vacuum cleaning robot was set to run at 1:30 a.m. When Newton's 4-year-old son awoke at 3 a.m. to crawl into bed with his parents, Newton smelled a strong odor. He got out of bed and walked into a "war zone of poop" in his living room.
Newton documented the dramatic saga that unfolded as a cautionary tail to others. The post, complete with a hand drawn map of the poop trail, has since gone viral with more than 140,000 reactions and more than 200,000 shares.
"Do not, under any circumstances, let your Roomba run over dog poop," Newton said. "If the unthinkable does happen, and your Roomba runs over dog poop, stop it immediately and do not let it continue the cleaning cycle."
Newton was not so lucky. He recounts his attempts to clean the copious amounts of dried poop from his living room and a failed effort at using a rug shampooer to remove poop from the rug where it all started.
"Some folks would shrug their shoulders and get back in bed to deal with it in the morning. But you're not one of those people," Newton writes of himself.
Instead, in the early hours of the morning, he attempted to clean the Roomba but forgot to take the batteries out before soaking it. As the waterlogged Roomba sputtered to its death, Newton had some harsh words.
"You're not just using profanity - you're inventing new types of profanity," Newton said of his reaction. "You're saying things that would make Satan shudder in revulsion. You hope your kid stayed in bed, because if he hears you talking like this, there's no way he's not ending up in prison."
But the tale has a happy ending. After a week of trying to fix the costly device, he called the store where he purchased the Roomba and told them the story. The purchase came with a lifetime warranty.
"They are replacing the Roomba that ran over dog poop and then died a poopy, watery death in the bathtub - by no fault of their own, of course," Newton wrote on Facebook.
This is one experience that won't soon be flushed away.

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Fairfield, CA - A chihuahua on the run is now custody, but its partner in crime is nowhere to be found.
The cute little dog and a friend caused quite the traffic jam on Cordelia Road in Fairfield, California Wednesday. Deputies say the dogs were running in and out of traffic stirring up trouble.
Officials rushed to the seen and managed to catch one dog, but the second dog was too quick and was last seen headed toward the city of Suisun.
The little pup is now being held at the Solano County Animal Shelter.
The shelter is hoping someone finds the other little dog, and safely brings it to the shelter. 
 
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A former professional BMX rider from Rhode Island has set a record for the longest power-assisted bicycle backflip.
The Providence Journal reports Kevin "K-Rob" Robinson set the record Saturday at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence.
Robinson, towed by another ride on an all-terrain vehicle, jumped 84 feet from one ramp to another. He needed to jump 64 feet to set the record.
A record judge from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Robinson was successful and presented him with a plaque.
Robinson is a Barrington native. He dedicated his feat to "the great state of Rhode Island."

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ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Emergency responders in Connecticut have come to the rescue of a squirrel that was caught in a nutty situation.
Members of Enfield Emergency Medical Services responded Friday after the rodent got its head stuck in what appeared to be a plastic or paper cup.
Video posted on the Enfield EMS Facebook page shows the critter wildly jumping and flipping into the air in an effort to dislodge the cup.
Responders' first attempt to remove the cup was unsuccessful. The wily rodent hopped out of one officer's hands and through the legs of another.
The second attempt proved more successful. An officer covered the animal with a blanket and held its body steady while another officer removed the cup before the critter scampered away into some nearby bushes.

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