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Rabid skunk alert in Royal Oak, Michigan; 2 destroyed

Edited by GreenReaper as of 23:47
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Unfortunate news from Metro Detroit this week: On Thursday, a pair of rabid skunks were destroyed in the suburb of Royal Oak, causing the police to issue a warning to local residents. [WXYZ-TV - Channel 7 Detroit and WDIV-TV -]

The Royal Oak Police say the skunks were found on the 1700 Block of Maxwell Avenue and the 200 block of Dewey Street, near Oakview Cemetery. Numerous calls were received from concerned homeowners in the highly-built-up residential area. The police said those coming into contact with an animal who they suspect may have rabies should leave the area and call them.

Read more: Information on rabies from the Oakland County Health Department and Wikipedia.


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Though I can appreciate the inclusion of some animal-related stories, I just don't see why a rabid skunk alert (with apparently nothing out of the ordinary happening regarding it) is of any real interest to the furry fandom.

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If you feel a story is irrelevant, you are encouraged to rate it down. Doing so may now cause it to fold on the front page.

Ideally readers should also rate the overall quality of the story (but not based on whether they think it's "good/bad news").

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Oh for crap's sake.

This is really a bit much. Really.

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I was previously asked for the feature but it was a low priority. Slashdot displays "idle" articles in a similar manner.

If your concern is more in regards to editorial control, be assured that I will be watching the ratings too.

For the record, my initial response was "I think that's sad, but I'm not sure it counts as news for our purposes . . ." However, I do not always know what readers will find interesting, so I decided to see what their response would be.

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