Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: April 4, 2011

One long-necked Rhode Islander became a proud father this Saturday — officials welcomed a baby giraffe at the Cincinnati Zoo for the first time in 25 years. The wobbly calf, born to Tessa from the Houston Zoo and Kimba from Rhode Island’s own Roger Williams Park Zoo, was apparently trying to stand up less than half an hour after the delivery. The couple was brought together at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2008 — a giraffe gestational period is 15 months!

“My plane had a hole in it!” just isn’t going to cut it as an excuse for missing your first 9 a.m. class the Monday after spring break. According to T.F. Green’s website, most of Southwest’s scheduled departures and arrivals are on time. The airline canceled approximately 300 flights on both Saturday and Sunday to inspect planes for cracks similar to the ones that caused a fuselage tear in a Boing 737 on Friday.  According to the Associated Press, three more Southwest jetliners have been found to have cracks similar to the ones responsible for Friday’s emergency landing.

The Health Department discovered salmonella in the cardboard boxes that once held empty pastry shells at DeFusco’s Bakery in Johnston, RI. Investigations into the currently shut-down bakery began after 11 nursing-home residents became ill after eating the bakery’s zeppole. The questionable boxes once held raw eggs, which health officials say could be responsible for the salmonella outbreak that has sickened 56 people and caused the death of one man in his 80s.


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