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Critics disagree with move to make fried chicken official picnic food

By Times Wires
Published February 10, 2008


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FRANKFORT, Ky.

Animals rights advocates are squawking at a measure that would make fried chicken Kentucky's official picnic food.

State Rep. Charles Siler is sponsoring legislation to assign the designation to KFC's "finger lickin' good" chicken, first served by Colonel Harland Sanders in 1940.

The late colonel's fried chicken deserves the title because of the worldwide attention and economic benefit it has brought to the state, Siler said. KFC, a subsidiary of Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc., has 11,000 restaurants in more than 80 countries.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals bristles at the idea. "If the state legislature moves forward with this one, then they should change Kentucky's state bird from the cardinal to the debeaked, crippled, scalded, diseased, dead chicken," said Bruce Friedrich, PETA vice president.

PETA has been involved in a long-standing battle with KFC, and even began a push two years ago to have a bust of the bespectacled Colonel Sanders removed from the Kentucky Capitol. Sanders, with his white goatee and black string tie, became recognizable worldwide by marketing his fried chicken.

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A woman whose daughter killed two fellow students in a college classroom before committing suicide said Saturday she'll be "haunted to the end of my days for what my child has done." Jennie Williams issued a statement through police offering sympathy to the families of the women who police said were killed by her daughter Friday at Louisiana Technical College. Williams said she could not explain why 23-year-old Latina Williams killed the two women, then turned the .357-caliber revolver on herself. "In this tragedy, just like you, we have many questions but no answers. As Latina's mother, I will not try to rationalize or make excuses for her action," said Williams, of Centreville, Miss. Police said they have not determined the motive for the shootings that killed Karsheika Graves, 21, and Taneshia Butler, 26, both of Baton Rouge. In her statement, Jennie Williams said: "I pray God will give you strength to come through this. I will be haunted to the end of my days for what my child has done."

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Man tells teen he's a werewolf, attacks her

A Pottsville, Pa., man convinced a 15-year-old girl he was part werewolf and part vampire before sexually assaulting her, police say. Kristian Allen Carl, 19, also believed he was supernatural, police say. "He convinced himself he was a hybrid - a combination werewolf and vampire," Pottsville police Sgt. James Joos said. "He had convinced the girl he was, too." To prove to police he was indeed a vampire/werewolf, Carl "showed me his canine teeth," Joos said. "I let him know that all mammals, including humans, have canine teeth." Joos said Carl also told police he had a "guardian dragon that protected him from evildoers." Carl was charged with statutory sexual assault after admitting he had intercourse with the girl, who told police he was her boyfriend, on Nov. 14, according to an affidavit Joos filed with District Judge Charles Moran of Pottsville. Carl knew the girl's age and was aware he could "get in trouble" for having sex with her, Joos wrote.

Times wires

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