Months in advance, Potter is hot

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Harry Potter fans are already snatching up the final book in the series – and it doesn’t come out until July 21. “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows” tops the charts at the online bookshops of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and its $65 deluxe edition is No. 2. Author J.K. Rowling announced the book’s release date Thursday. The deluxe version of the last Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” sold around 100,000 copies.The previous six Potter books have sold more than 325 million copies in 64 languages and broken countless sales records. “Half-Blood Prince,” published in 2005, sold 6.9 million copies in its first 24 hours. – Associated Presslast_img read more

Pit bull to be put to death for attack

first_imgANIMALS:Maggie, a 65-pound canine, injured a Westminster mail carrier Tuesday. By City News Service A pit bull named Maggie will be euthanized at the expiration of a 10-day quarantine mandated by an attack on a mail carrier that left him with serious facial injuries, police said Wednesday. The 6-foot-3-inch, 260-pound carrier, David Carroll, was knocked down Tuesday by the 65-pound dog while delivering mail to a neighbor of the dog’s owner, Sheri Moody, in Westminster. Maggie, being held at the Humane Society facility in Huntington Beach, will be the second dog owned by Moody to be euthanized following an attack. Another dog, Brutus, a pit bull-Australian shepherd mix, injured a 23- year-old visitor to Moody’s home earlier this year. Moody went to court to save the dog but a judge ruled that it had aggressively attacked Brittany Rhodes, forcing her to undergo lip reconstruction surgery, and that it was a potential threat to the public. Westminster police Lt. Derek Marsh said the department intends to take direct action in connection with this attack. “Pursuant to the law, the dog will be held under a mandatory 10-day quarantine,” Marsh said. “Following that, the dog will be euthanized.” Moody, who insisted that the earlier attack was an accident, said she did not know why Maggie, who was apparently loose in her front yard, went after Carroll. A mail carrier in Torrance was seriously injured when a pit bull attacked him last month.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more