BAKE SALE BAN
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — No brownies with their ballots — at least for voters in Cranston, Rhode Island. The Board of Elections is banning Election Day bake sales at school polling locations. Elections officials say a bake would interfere with the process and violate state law. Election Day bake sales are a traditional fundraiser for many groups.
TEEN POLL WORKERS
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Some aren’t old enough to vote — but they’ll be working the polls on this Election Day. The Monroe County, Indiana, Clerk’s Office is tapping teens to help on this Election Day. High school students 16 and older have been invited to fill open poll worker positions. Election officials tell The Herald-Times more than 70 students wanted the poll jobs. Officials hope the students will stay involved in the political process.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A tree is on the move at the University of Michigan, A 250-year-old oak tree was moved 500 to make room for an expansion of the university’s Ross School of Business. Workers and tree experts completed the move yesterday. The tree so old, it that the university of Michigan, the city of Ann Arbor — and even the American Revolution. The cost of moving the tree could reach $400,000. The donor who is funding the business school expansion is picking up the tree tab, too.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new baby was a bit of a surprise — since the more was on birth control. But now the Los Angeles Zoo is ready to introduce its newest hippo. The media will get to see the hippo today. It was born Friday, the zoo’s first baby hippopotamus in 26 years. The vets say the little guy or girl appears to be doing well and bonding with mom. The experts haven’t been able to get close enough to determine the baby hippo’s sex.
DALLAS (AP) — The newest giraffe at the Dallas Zoo will soon have a name — worth 50-grand. Zoo spokeswoman Laurie Holloway says some bid $50,000 for the naming rights at the zoo’s annual fundraiser. The winning bidder doesn’t want to be publicly identified and the name hasn’t been chosen yet. The male giraffe calf was born a little over a week ago. He was six feet tall and weighed about 120 pounds at birth.
SMARTPHONE HOTEL CHECK-IN
NEW YORK (AP) — Skip the check-in and go right to your room. No key, you say? You don’t need one at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The company allows guests to use their smartphone to unlock the room doors. The feature was introduced yesterday at some of the chains’ 10 Aloft, Element and W hotels. Starwood’s Mark Vondrasek says the high-tech check-in saves time simplifies the process for busy guests.