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Tot defends choice of doll

Columbia (South Carolina) A toddler's brilliant response to a cashier who questioned her choice of a black doll has been shared by thousands of social media users. The cashier reportedly told Sophia: "We have lots of other dolls that look more like you." Her mother Brandi Benner, from South Carolina, shared her story on social media, explaining they were paying for the...

Art gallery options on table

Brendon McMahon A report will go to the Grey District Council meeting on Monday outlining public feedback and options for the future of the Left Bank Art Gallery building, in Greymouth. Built in the 1920s as the Bank of New Zealand, it is now owned by the council and is leased to the West Coast Society of the Arts Incorporated. The first...

Otira bus crash rescue cited in St John appeal

Viv Logie The Otira Gorge bus crash that injured 36 people, some critically, has been highlighted first-hand in the national St John annual appeal. The bus carrying a full load of Asian tourists crashed and ran into a car coming to rest close to the bluff on New Year's Eve 2015. St John personnel from the West Coast and Canterbury rushed to...

Russia blames rebels’ arsenal

Moscow Russia is denying that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to blame for a poison gas attack and said it would continue to back him, opening a rift between the Kremlin and Donald Trump's White House, which initially sought warmer ties. Western countries, including the United States, blamed Assad's armed forces for the worst chemical attack in Syria for more than...

West Coast golf wrap

The qualifying round for the Brown Walters Cup and Edward Cup got off to a great start on Saturday with 16 contestants. Sixteen is the perfect number for knock-out competition, even in pairs. An individual bogey was played in conjunction with the cup matches, and first home by lot on plus 5 was Grant Elwood, playing his usual long game. Peter...

Focus on how Leo’s car ended in sea

Wellington Police are completing an exhaustive forensic examination of Leo Lipp-Neighbours' car as they attempt to solve the seven-year mystery of how it came to be in the water beneath a Nelson wharf, Fairfax reports. The focus now is on how the car went into the sea without anyone noticing. The orange Toyota Corolla station wagon was removed from a shed by...

What’s next for America’s Cup technology

Auckland As Team New Zealand head to Bermuda this week to begin final preparations for their May-June campaign, the New Zealand crew are still working hard to perfect their radical pedal-powered concept that may provide an unexpected edge in the race for the Auld Mug. Blair Tuke and Peter Burling said that the smaller catamarans employed for this regatta will see...

Body found at Whataroa

A body thought to be that of a 55-year-old man missing from Whataroa for about a week was found by a hunter early yesterday afternoon in the Waitangitaona River. The man was reported to police as missing on Tuesday afternoon after concerns were raised by relatives about his safety and well-being. Police said yesterday the missing man was last seen in...

Follow the yellow brick road

Greymouth St John paramedic Kelvin Ritchie has called on people to 'follow the yellow brick road' on Saturday night to Shantytown for the St John Ball. The theme this year is the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz. Mr Ritchie spent 26 hours painting his road. Tickets can be purchased from St John offices in Water Walk Road. Courtesy...

Stuffed menagerie recovered from burglar

London A British burglar who stole 18 stuffed animals including lions, a giraffe and a snarling chimpanzee in a top hat and tie has received a suspended jail sentence, police said overnight. The loot, which also included a stuffed rhinoceros, a crocodile, a sloth, a zebra, a penguin and a pink flamingo, belonged to a licensed taxidermy company and was worth...
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