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Bubba the Cat Issued Student ID

An orange cat named Bubba belongs to Amber Marienthal and her family, but he spends his days at school. He’s the campus cat at Leland High School in San Jose and Bret Harte Middle School next door. He roams the halls freely and stays from the time the first bell rings to the end of the latest sports practice.

The family initially tried to make Bubba an indoor cat, but he let them know loudly and often that he was unhappy in his confinement. Their home sits behind both Leland and Bret Harte Middle School, and Bubba became a frequent visitor to both campuses. Marienthal says she still gets calls from staff and students who see him on campus and think he's lost. Bubba is known and loved by many at both schools, as his 600-plus Facebook followers attest. Marienthal, the administrator of her cat's Facebook page, says Bubba's fans want him to branch out into other social media.

This year, Bubba was issued an official student ID card at the high school. So far, he has an attendance record of 100%. San Jose Mercury News has more of Bubba’s story. You can also visit Bubba at Facebook

Man Tries to Rob Bank with Drawing of a Gun

A British man walked into a bank in Warsaw, Poland, on August 11 with the intent to rob it. He approached a teller and threatened her pulling pulling out a piece of paper with a drawing of a gun. He also had a note ordering her to give him all the money. The teller told the unnamed man that he’d have to get in the back of the line and wait his turn. Which he did. The teller contacted police, who arrived and arrested the man before he reached the front of the line.  

Giant Red Ball Gets Loose in Toledo

Artist Kurt Perschke took his traveling art installation called "The RedBall Project" to Toledo, Ohio. It features a 15-foot red ball. The ball is supposed to stay in place, but strong winds on Wednesday evening changed all that. The 250-pound ball escaped its base and rolled down Madison Avenue, turned onto St. Clair Street, and rolled over parked cars on its way downhill. It was pursued by Toledo Museum of Art staff and bystanders, and was shortly subdued. The ball sustained some minor damage. 

Newspaper Seeks Freelance Marijuana Critic

A couple of newspaper in Colorado already have marijuana reviews. Now a newspaper in Oregon is launching a column to review strain of marijuana and other cannabis projects and to track pot trends. The Oregonian/OregonLive is looking for a marijuana critique to write the reviews.

The candidate should be an experienced cannabis consumer with deep knowledge about the variety of strains and products available on the Oregon market. The items would appear 2-4 times a month on OregonLive and/or The Oregonian.

Oh yeah, and the reviewer has to be a medical marijuana patient, because otherwise you can’t legally purchase it in Oregon until October first. If not, it would be assumed that the writer is breaking the law to get the experience required. Find out how to apply at Oregon Live.  

Airplane Panel Lands on Golf Course

An unidentified flying object fell out of the sky over Green Meadows Golf Course in Mount Holly, North Carolina, Wednesday morning. Golfers saw it swirling down until it landed on the 7th hole, about 40 yards from the green. It was later identified as a small panel door that fell off an Airbus coming in for a landing at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. American Airlines said losing the panel did not present "a flight safety issue," but if you were standing under it when it fell on a golf course, you might disagree. The FAA is investigating the incident.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Will Be Later, Better

Last year, Starbucks began selling their seasonal Pumpkin Spice Lattes before the end of August for some customers. This year, fans may have to wait until September 8th, when the drink will be available nationwide. It’s not a sign of shortages, but of a later Labor Day holiday. The lattes go on the menu after the holiday, with some customers getting an early taste through a promotion, which began on August 26th last year. The good news is that the recipe has been changed, and Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte will, for the first time, contain actual pumpkin.