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March 26, 2019

LAST 2 PANDAS AT SAN DIEGO ZOO TO LEAVE FOR CHINA

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Zoo is preparing to say farewell to its last two giant pandas.

The zoo said Monday that 27-year-old Bai Yun (bye-yoon) and her 6-year-old son, Xaio Liwu (shyaoww-lee-woo), will depart as planned next month for China. A multiyear agreement with the Chinese is coming to an end.

April 27 is the last day pandas can be viewed by the public.

The departure will mark the first time in more than two decades that the zoo will be without the black-and-white bamboo-eating bears.

Officials couldn’t immediately say when or if pandas may inhabit the zoo again.

There are still pandas at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Zoo Atlanta and the Memphis Zoo.

MAN CHARGED WITH KEEPING MOM’S BODY TARPED IN FRONT YARD

HENDERSON, Texas (AP) — An East Texas man is jailed after sheriff’s deputies said he was keeping his mother’s body wrapped in a tarpaulin in their front yard.

Jeremy David Cassin is in the Rusk County Jail charged with corpse abuse. Bond is set at $25,000. If the 42-year-old Henderson man is convicted, he could be sentenced to up to two years in state jail.

Online jail records list no attorney for Cassin.

Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price tells KYTX-TV of Tyler that Cassin’s grandmother called deputies from Houston after Cassin told her that her daughter, 63-year-old Karen Cassin, had died. Deputies said the son told them that he found his mother dead in bed March 18, so he wrapped her in the tarp and placed her under a group of pine trees.

FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH’S OFFICE TO CLOSE FRIDAY

HOUSTON (AP) — Four months after the death of the former president, George H.W. Bush’s office in Houston is to close for good at 5 p.m. Friday.

Bush Chief of Staff Jean Becker says, “as one era ends, a new one is beginning.”

In a statement issued Monday, Becker said the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation will be renamed The George and Barbara Bush Foundation.

She says the foundation will affiliate the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center and the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, as well as an affiliation of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the Points of Light organization.

JUDGE SUGGESTS HAWAII MAN NOT DRINK FAVORITE SODA WHILE ON PROBATION

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii judge suggested a man not drink his favorite soda during four years of probation on a car theft conviction.

The Maui News reported Saturday that Judge Rhonda Loo suggested in a Maui court that 21-year-old Christopher Montilliano Jr. refrain from drinking Pepsi while on probation because he lied to police during his arrest.

Montilliano told officers that his cousin had allowed him to drive the stolen car and that he was on his way to buy soft drinks.

The judge suggested Montilliano not drink Pepsi for four years after he told her it was his favorite soft drink.

Loo told Montilliano, “You didn’t want to admit that you actually stole the vehicle.” Loo asked, “Is it because the soda made you do it?”

Loo also sentenced Montilliano to 100 hours of community service and a $100 fine.

He had pleaded no contest to charges of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and driving without a license.

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