BOSTON (AP) – President Bush’s dog Barney apparently bit another White House visitor.

Boston Celtics public relations director Heather Walker acknowledged a published report Friday that Barney bit her wrist and drew blood as she tried to pat the dog after a White House ceremony honoring the team’s 17th NBA championship.

Walker said she had wanted to keep the Sept. 19 incident under wraps, but her hometown newspaper, The Salem (Mass.) News, reported it on Friday.

Walker says White House staff offered help, but a Celtics’ team physician applied an adhesive bandage to her wound.

The White House did immediately comment Friday.

Earlier this month, Barney bit Reuters reporter Jon Decker’s index finger when he reached down to pet the seemingly docile Scottish terrier.

Man wheeling heater is arrested

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Police in Memphis figured something wasn’t right when they spotted a man wheeling a water heater down a street on a dolly.

And when officers got out of their car to talk to 52-year-old Kenneth Bolden, he took off running.

The Commercial Appeal reported that police caught him, put him in the squad car and drove around the neighborhood asking him to identify the source of the heater. Police say Bolden finally pointed out a house and said, “That’s the one.”

Police found the back door kicked in and the spot where a water heater had been ripped out.

Bolden was held in lieu of $35,000 bond on aggravated burglary, evading arrest and having burglary tools.

Bump, grinder ban costs town $275,000

MARSHALL, N.C. (AP) – Nobody puts Rebecca Willis in a corner.

A small mountain town has agreed to pay $275,000 for banning her from a community hangout after residents complained about her dirty dancing.

Willis, then 56, was told to stay away from the Marshall Depot community center eight years ago.

She’s still not allowed to return to the refurbished train station where she once danced and socialized, but she said that’s OK with her.

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation announced the settlement Thursday.


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