I couldn't make this up if I tried. Hee Haw!

Posted: October 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

From Scotland on Sunday:

Donkeys Are Just the Ticket for Mobile Library

” IN A ritual repeated nearly every weekend for the past decade in Colombia’s war-weary Caribbean hinterlands, Luis Soriano gathered his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, in front of his home.

Sweating already under the unforgiving sun, he strapped pouches with the word “Biblioburro” painted in blue letters to the donkeys’ backs and loaded them with an eclectic cargo of books destined for people living in the small villages beyond. ”

http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/comment/Donkeys—are-just.4630354.jp

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From FayObserver.com:

Morning Fires Hit Library, Gut Topless Club

” Fires early Saturday gutted an office in the county library downtown and destroyed the previously damaged Cloud Nine topless nightclub a few blocks away, on Russell Street.

About 60 firefighters battled the blazes. No one was reported injured.

The library fire, in the basement level of the Headquarters Library, at 300 Maiden Lane, appears to have been electrical, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna. The books are largely undamaged — just a light coating of soot, said library Director Jody Risacher — but the library will remain closed indefinitely for cleanup of the books, the building and the fire alarm system.

The Cloud Nine fire — the second there in a week — remains under investigation, said Battalion Cmdr. Calvin Bishop of the Fayetteville Fire Department.

Arson investigators examined the remains Saturday and had not determined a cause, Bishop said. The fire appears to have started in Cloud Nine and spread to two businesses in the same building: a barber shop and the Little Inn Luncheonette. They were destroyed.

Cloud Nine, at Russell and Winslow streets, was the last topless club downtown since the city began forcing them out in the 1980s and 1990s. The clubs, which were concentrated on Hay Street, two blocks north of Cloud Nine, fostered a red-light district and a rough and tawdry reputation.

But after the city ran the clubs off Hay Street, Cloud Nine hung on, and tried to keep a low profile. In 2003, when a federal court ruling briefly permitted strip clubs to offer all-nude dancing, owner Bill Strickland said he wouldn’t have it because it would annoy his downtown neighbors.

Cloud Nine was heavily damaged by a fire reported at 3:40a.m. Monday, and the neighboring businesses had smoke damage. Firefighters said the Monday fire was caused by an electrical malfunction.

The cause of Cloud Nine’s Saturday fire is undetermined pending further investigation and laboratory tests, Bishop said.

Firefighters were called about 2:30 a.m.

Some were leaving that fire scene about 3:10 a.m. when the fire alarm activated at the public library just four blocks away.

Fayetteville Fire Dept. Battalion Cmdr. Richard Bradshaw said a fire captain checking the back of the building saw smoke and was walking toward it when the windows of an office blew out.

The fire was in the deputy library director’s office, Risacher said. Because its doors were closed and the building has a firewall, the fire damage was mostly confined to that office. “We were very lucky in that respect,” she said.

Library officials plan to inspect the library again today. Risasher said she wants to get the library cleaned as soon as possible so that patrons can use it again.

Throughout Saturday afternoon, library users drove up and were dumbfounded by the yellow fire scene tape blocking their access. “

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