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Artist is all wet

Artist is all wet

Artist is all wet

PITTSBURGH - Some artists suffer for their work. Maggie, an 11-year-old sea lion at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, gets to eat dead fish for hers.

Kesha Phares, a zoo trainer, has been teaching the animal to paint since last year.

"It's, in a way, enriching," Phares said. "Sea lions are very smart animals, and painting keeps their minds active."

It took three months to get the animal to hold a paint brush and touch the bristles to paper.

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Phares picks the paint colors - sea lions are colorblind - and puts paint on the brush. The paintings are done one stroke at a time, with Maggie getting a fish after each stroke.

If the animal can be said to have a style, it is this: She tends to put more paint on the right side of the canvas than the left.

Fit to be tied

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Three masked men robbed a suburban Atlanta sex shop Wednesday after tying up the employees with black fur handcuffs and silver leg irons taken from the store shelves, police said.

Authorities said the men stole $230 from the cash register at the Starship Enterprise adult novelty store, along with several jewelry scales valued at $700 and a set of car keys.

No one was hurt.

Strip club runs out

COOPERSBURG, Pa. - There weren't any wetT-shirt contests at a strip bar here - the water was turned off.

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The borough turned off the water to the Silhouette Showbar on Sept. 25, with more than $700 owing on the club's water bill, and the building cannot be occupied without water, Borough Manager Daniel Stonehouse said.

Stonehouse said the action concerning the pending water bill is unrelated to the borough's legal efforts to shut down the bar's Club Kama Sutra, which has been offering Saturday night sex parties.

Lehigh County Judge Edward Reibman has scheduled a hearing later this week on the borough's request for an injunction against the club. Borough officials argue that it's in a part of town zoned for a bar, restaurant and hotel, but not a private club.

The borough notified the bar Sept. 5 that the club violates the zoning ordinance and gave the operators 10 days to appeal. They declined to do so, saying they had not violated any zoning laws.

Today's best bet

"The Adventures of Great Rabbit"

The Eulenspiegel Puppet Company presents a tale about how the bobcat got his stumpy tail.

7 p.m.

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Cheney Middle School Theatre,

825 17th Ave. E. West Fargo

701-446-4440

If there's something you want to see in The Rail, e-mail Features Editor John Lamb at jlamb@forumcomm.com

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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