Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Friends Rescue Dog by Rappelling 100 Feet into Mine Shaft

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Friends Rescue Dog by Rappelling 100 Feet into Mine Shaft

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Dog honored for rescuing friend

A dog credited with standing guard for nearly a week to protect another dog that had fallen in a cistern was deemed "Washingtonian of the Day" Thursday by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee.

Tillie, a setter-spaniel mix, was joined by her basset hound friend, Phoebe, and owner B.J. Duft as she received a written proclamation and a Washington apple pin on a ribbon that was tied around her neck.

Last month, 11-year-old Tillie and 4-year-old Phoebe were found nearly a week after they were reported missing on Vashon Island by Duft. Volunteers looking for the pair received a call about a reddish dog being seen running onto someone's property and barking a few times before promptly heading back into a ravine. A picture taken at the time they were found shows Tillie sitting next to the cistern where Phoebe, a basset hound, was lying on a pile of stones above the water.

Child's killing is third such death * A 6-month-old girl died Thursday after being tossed from the window of an apartment building in New York, witnesses and police said, the third child killed that way in the city in three months.

The New York Police Department said a 27-year-old woman believed to be the infant's mother was in the Bronx apartment with four children at the time. The three other children were not injured, police said.

The woman was taken from the home in the Fordham Heights neighborhood to a hospital for an evaluation. No charges have been filed.

Last month, a newborn girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found dead outside an apartment building in the University Heights section of the borough. In August, police arrested a Queens woman in connection with the death of her month-old son. According to court papers, she told authorities an evil spirit had possessed the boy and she was "stopping the pain" when she threw him from the fourth-floor window.

Hero airman is released from hospital * The U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a European terrorist attack was released from the hospital where he had been for a week following an unrelated stabbing, officials said Thursday. …

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