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Black lab likes to take solo bus ride

SEATTLE (AP) — A black Labrador named Eclipse just wants to get to the dog park. So if her owner takes too long finishing his cigarette, and their bus arrives, she climbs aboard solo and rides to her stop — to the delight of fellow Seattle bus passengers.

KOMO-TV reported that local radio host Miles Montgomery was amazed to see the pooch recently get off the bus, without an owner, at a dog park.

The dog and her owner, Jeff Young, live right near a bus stop.

In Young’s words, “She’s a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog.” Young says his dog sometimes gets on the bus without him, and he catches up with her at the dog park three or four stops away.

A Metro Transit spokesman said the agency loves that a dog appreciates public transit.

Illinois family creates 45-foot-tall icicle in front yard

ST. ELMO, Ill. — An Illinois family has created a 45-foot-tall icicle in their front yard.

Katherine Ragel of St. Elmo in in south-central Illinois’ Fayette County says she’s worried there might be an accident because passing traffic sometimes will "stop in the middle of the road."

Ragel’s son, Garrick Moreland, made the icicle. The tree trimmer climbed into one of Ragel’s trees with a hose and turned on the water when temperatures dropped a few weeks ago. The icicle kept growing.

The Effingham Daily News reported the idea originally came from Ragel’s late husband, Alan Ragel, who liked to build smaller icicles along the driveway.

St. Elmo is about 20 miles southwest of Effingham on Interstate 70.

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