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Slain man in singer's home

JUPITER, Fla. -- Authorities say a man has been found dead from a gunshot wound inside a South Florida home owned by singer Olivia Newton-John and her husband.

Jupiter police Sgt. Scott Pascarella said Monday the unidentified victim wasn't a resident or relative of the residents. He said the victim had permission to be at the home but hadn't been staying there.

Initial media reports listed the death as a suicide, but Pascarella said the case is classified as a death investigation. He didn't say whether foul play was involved.

The Palm Beach Post reports construction was being done on the home.

No other details were released.

 

Letter shocks community

NEWCASTLE, Ont. -- An Ontario community is rallying around the family of a 13-year-old autistic boy after his grandmother received an anonymous letter telling them to either leave the neighbourhood or have the boy euthanized.

Brenda Millson, of Newscastle, Ont., said she was shocked when she read the letter, which arrived in her mailbox on Friday. The author of the typed letter claimed to be a mother who lived in the neighbourhood and was upset at the noises Millson's grandson Max made when he was outside.

The letter went on to say the boy's "noise polluting whaling," scared the author's "normal children."

Durham regional police said they have been investigating and that they are taking the letter seriously.

 

Obamas add new dog

WASHINGTON -- Watch out, Bo -- there's a new dog in town.

The White House says the Obamas have added a second dog to the first family. Her name is Sunny, and she's a Portuguese water dog -- the same breed as the Obamas' other dog, Bo. The White House says that breed works well for the Obamas because of family allergies.

Sunny was born a year ago in June in Michigan and arrived at the White House Monday.

She's expected to join Bo for evening walks and the occasional Oval Office huddle with the president.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 20, 2013 A11

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