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Argon -- Editor

@Action News Server Troubles

@Action News.The @Action News site, SpinDizzy's leading source of rumor, innuendo and alleged but baseless fact, found itself off line this week.

Inquiries by Argon, local Centaur and @Action News editor, found that the DNS address of the spindizzynews domain was pointing to the wrong servers. Although Argon claimed to have made no adjustments to the DNS settings, they were found to be pointing to the old SED Domain Hosting address rather than the new one.

SED Domain Hosting spokeperson, Lia R, claimed that there was no problem on their end, and that the Hamster was still running in the wheel to keep the server's generators running. However, new DNS settings were offered and the domain now points at those.

The Domain registrar claims that the change will be reflected on line by the time this paper goes to press.

Flood Leaves Tens Homeless

Flood.A sudden flood of what appeared to be mud left two families homeless today.

Early Wednesday morning, two Ferrets and an Opposum sounded the alarm as a tidal wave of thick brown fluid with huge marshmallows roared upon the N. W. quadrant of Suburban SpinDizzy. Witnesses described the tidal wave as, '..a tidal wave!" and quickly climbed trees and ran for cover. The thick fluid washed over the neighborhood quickly, carrying anything that wasn't nailed down, which was most everything as Ferrets and Opposums don't have the thumbs to use hammers.

After the wave died down, and the damage was being assessed, disaster experts surveyed the scene and found the fluid to be hot chocolate. The experts traced the path of the flood, as victims busied themselves licking hot chocolate off of their homes, belongings, and each other.

The path of the flood was traced to a very large tree, where Cye, local 50 foot Vixen was found gathering a spilled coffee cup. After cleaning up the spillage, she asked the authorities what all the fuss was about. As they explained the problem, Cye offered her apologies and reminded them that she had warned folks about building down the hill from her tree for that very reason.

The effected residents recalled the warning, but were still hot! However, as the chocolate cooled, they rethought their position, and as of press time, no legal action is pending or expected.

By The Power Of The Hat!

@Action News.S'be Flutterz! DREAD pirate of spindizzy, defendin' the shinys!
S'be Talina my fearless friend!
Secret-type powers s'were revealin' to me the day I Held aloft my magic swordthingy 'n said,
By the skull and crossbones... I be havin' the hat!

Talina became the mighty swishy thingy,
And I became Flutterz, the MOST DREAD pirate!
Only three others be learnin' the secrets,
My friends the 'shroomies, Men-at-Aphid and Argo.
Togethers we defend shiny treasures and stuff from...
The s'nasty forces of Boki!

Man Takes Horses Through Carwash

Mavra and Argon having a water fight. Art by Megan Giles.May 7, 2003

Washing his horses at a car wash didn't seem like a bad idea to Jess Yager until it turned out to be illegal.

Yager took his four horses to a car wash in Nebraska to clean them, saying it's hard to clip and trim horses when their hair is caked with mud.

Animal control officer John Pettit was ready to ticket Yager. Pettit told Yager it was against the law to wash his animals at the car wash and let him off with a warning.

Yager said that's news to him since he's been doing it for years. He said the horses love it and prefer the hot water of the car wash over the cold hose at home.

Yager took his animals home, after only two got the soapy treatment.

(Editor's note) Argon and Mavra, who aren't Horses, find it's easier to help each other bathe. Hands or not, there are still portions of their forms that are washed more easily by someone else they trust. And on a warm Spring day, it's more fun too! The nice picture was done by Megan Giles

New Arrivals

Newbie patpating Morticon.Every other week, I will be calling attention to the new members of our community. (Editor's Note; ...with the permission of each of the new folks featured, of course. Folks who don't want to be featured in this series, will of course, have that wish fufilled.) This is not to embarrass them, but rather I do it in the hopes that it will encourage everyone to give them a special welcome and friendship.

The following members are new to our community as of a week or two ago at most. Please give them a warm welcome and offer assistance if needed. Who knows, you might even make a new friend or two!

  • Willow - Female Ant
  • Gutierrez - male Inflatable Dragon
  • Fox - Male Vulpine, although something more... - "I found this place to be a *lot* nicer than the old Muck I used ta about in. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! (: ~The Sapphire Sorceror, Fox~"
  • Amabelle - Female Glitter Mouse
  • Arashi - Male Morphic Fox

Weekly Survey

Argon doing the survey.This week, Argon asked folks, "I'm doing a survey for @Action News. The question this week is, 'What country do you think Austin is in right now?" The correct answer will be revealed when the paper is published.

  • Boki squalls, "It is country and western!"
  • Cye says, "Antarica."
  • Sunni says, "The old american West, Texas :)"
  • BarterGarter hisses, "Lemuria!"
  • Gilead chirps, "Singapore again. :-)"
  • Adara sings "Where in the world is...Austin!" Uhm...I'll say...Atlantis! Yep, Austin had resurfaced Atlantis and is now living their with a myriad of mermaids and singing lobsters...*sings* "Under the sea....under the sea! No accusations, just friendly crustations (How do you spell that?)..."
  • Pandamonia says, "Austin is in the U.K."
  • Ami says, "Sweden, as an oiler for a bikini team."
  • Mouser hisses, "The Texas Republic?"
  • Spin chitters, "Austin is in Charter Park, and is asleep."
  • Vesper hms... ponders... and after a few moments raises a tiny talon and deduces that Austin is in (a) State of Confusion!
  • Terry -- He's not in Canada?
  • Butterfluff says, "I didn't realize he had left the US."
  • Amabelle says, "The USA."
  • PatchO'Black mews, "He's in coati country!"
  • KevMan says, "one on earth"
  • Basil muses, "Austin? At first I was going to say Texas, but that's not a country. How about Germany?"
  • Casandro says, "Hmm, well he definitely isn't in Haidh"auser (A town in Germany - Ed.), I would have known it."
  • Furynos chirps, "Austria?"
  • BarterGarter nervously speculates that Austin is MUCKing from _inside her player's house. house_!

At press time, Austin Dern was currently in the United States.

The Doze Garden

The Doze Garden Comic Strip

Guidelines and Procedures for Submitting Articles

Submitting a story or artwork for @Action News is easy! Just send it to newspaper@spindizzy.org or qmail or page Argon about it.
@Action News is published weekly on or after 12:01 AM Eastern Time on Sunday. Most any type of story or article will be accepted. Generally, we'd prefer things that aren't out and out lies or flames about other folks, and have a basis in the reality of SpinDizzy. Things that occur in public areas are fair game. The things reported don't have to have actually happened, (any more than anything that happens here does) but make sure you don't overstep the social boundaries and rules of interaction that we have. These are pretty broad guidelines, but we expect good sense to apply.

Thanks! Argon, Editor @Action News