City council votes to oust library cat

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas — A North Texas city council has started a cat fight by voting to oust the furry mascot of the city's public library mascot.

The governing council of the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement voted 2-1 to give the library 30 days to find a new home for Browser the cat.

The ex-shelter cat has been a library fixture for six years. But council member Elzie Clements moved at a June 14 council meeting for the tabby's removal.

Mayor Ron White, who has no vote on the council, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the vote was a tit-for-tat after a city employee wasn't allowed to bring a puppy to work at City Hall.

Ex-council member Alan Price said Browser's supporters will petition for a reprieve in November's elections.

After ad, dad interviews potential wives for 48-year-old son

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — The father of a Salt Lake City businessman is setting up interviews for women interested in marrying his 48-year-old son, nearly a week after taking out a newspaper ad announcing the search.

Baron Brooks tells the Spokesman Review newspaper that his father, Arthur Brooks, took out the $900 ad in the Coeur d'Alene Press last weekend. Earlier this week, he called the advertisement "embarrassing" but said he'd let his 78-year-old father go forward.


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The ad lists criteria for potential applicants, including age, height and political views. It instructs interested women to contact the elder Brooks at an Idaho resort Friday for interviews Saturday.

When reached there by The Associated Press on Friday, Arthur Brooks said he won't be answering any questions about the search until Sunday.

Associated Press