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Monday 19 August 2019

Long-lost rabbit

A "lost" film featuring Disney's first animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, has been unearthed in a British archive and will be shown for the first time in 87 years.

A print of the cartoon, called 'Sleigh Bells' and produced in 1928, was rediscovered by a researcher browsing the BFI National Archive's online catalogue.

Walt Disney Animation Studios has restored the cartoon, which is around six minutes long, and it will have a world premiere next month.

Chicken emergency

A question about what temperature to oven-cook a chicken and requests for taxi numbers are just some of the 999 "emergency" calls a police force has received.

Cumbria Police have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the different policing services available to ensure people get the right response and information for the right situation.

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson said: "This may seem amusing, but it could have prevented us from speaking to someone who required an urgent response."

Bernie's briefs

Employees of a Vermont company have launched a side business selling underwear featuring a black-and-white drawing of the face of Democratic US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The underwear, which features the message "Feel the Bern", is available for men and women and costs $15 (€14) plus shipping and handling. The three workers with KSE Partners, a strategic communications and government affairs firm, say they created Bernie's Briefs as a fun side business.

The Vermont senator has said recently on late-night TV talk shows that he prefers briefs over boxers.

The start-up's founders called Mr Sanders's passion for serious issues admirable, with one saying the political process has benefited from his campaign.

Store 'sleeper'

A man has been arrested on charges that he broke into a Pennsylvania supermarket using a rope ladder - then claimed to merely be sleeping on the store's roof when he was caught.

Thomas Beal (48) is awaiting arraignment on burglary, criminal trespass and other charges.

A security guard inside Peachin's Supermarket in Dunbar called police when he saw Beal enter the store through an air vent and lower himself with the ladder.

Troopers surrounded the building shortly after 3am and went on to the roof where they found Beal, who claimed to be sleeping.

Irish Independent

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