The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs. Your comments, as always, are welcome.
Local TV stations affiliated with CNN have found a number of different animals in distress, but at least there are some happy endings. Take, for example, affiliate KCPQ's report on the nine - NINE! - baby great horned owls being raised at Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital after their nests were destroyed.
If that's not aww-inspiring enough, how about CNN affiliate KPHO's story about an 8-week-old puppy who is recovering after getting stuck in a desert cactus plant? A passer-by rescued "Cactus Jack," who has had all the needles removed and is waiting to go to a new adoptive home. (Warning: The pictures may make your face hurt.)
And then there's affiliate WHAM's report on poor Rosko, a hardworking police K-9 officer in Geneseo, New York, who is being laid off because of a budget squeeze. No one is sure how this is going to work out for Rosko, who is considered city property and may be auctioned off to the highest bidder, the station reports. Stay tuned.
The Dalai Lama may be the spiritual leader of millions of Buddhists, but he's still made of flesh. Even though he's taken a vow of celibacy, the Dalai Lama told CNN's Piers Morgan that he still can feel temptation when he sees women. But he never lets his thoughts wander too far.
Oh yes, sometimes (I) see people (and think) oh, this is very nice. (But) I'm Dalai Lama. I always remember, I am monk, I am always monk.
It appears as if a few of our readers were facing internal struggles of their own. One calling himself joe2cents said this about the Dalai Lama:
I was tempted to write something immature and silly based on his temptation to women and trying alcohol. But I held back and re-read the article and began appreciating the brother for his words and sense of security and peace about who he is. I admire him and am inspired.
Even CNN's iReporters got into the act, as iReporter notemapez (a college professor named Raymond Anthony Montoya) submitted a video of himself rescuing a sea turtle entangled in a fishing net in the waters off Oman. Montoya also shared his opinion on careless fishing practices.
Sticking with the animal theme, it seems some men have too much time on their hands, not to mention too much hair on their faces:
The NFL's Indianapolis Colts will formally introduce their quarterback of the future, Stanford's Andrew Luck, to fans and local media with a "draft party" Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. Luck was announced as the first pick in the NFL draft, taking place Thursday-Saturday in New York City.
They couldn't find a more horrible pic of Michelle Obama?
She looks just as confused as her clueless husband!!!
More like confused!
It's good to see she is as human as the rest of US I bet she puts her pants on one leg at a time just like me and YOU
May God bless us ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
I bet she does to. I bet her blood is the same color. :0)
It depends on what she was saying at the time the picture was taken.
Please keep your GOD off of the blogs, Michelle is doing a great job without...THAT...
Jean one day you will find out you too can do nothing with him! Without him we really can't do anything. Love you in Jesus!
@ Jean Sartre, The same right that gave you the freedom to post that remark is the same right that Dorothy has... My dear!
Seriously, who the hell thought this picture was the winner in the editing room? Clearly, this was on purpose.
The look she has is what I thought of her when I first saw her.
She looks, well great...! This is a spontaneous shot that captures her essence, her personality. There is a confidence she exudes that suggests a lack of self-consciousness that many of might feel in that situation. She reading to kids, so she's animated, engaging them at their energy level. Guys (and gals) lighten up. It doesnt have to be a glam shot all the friggn time. People are just too superficial these days... :)
Did you see what she wore to present at the Kids Choice awards?
Why did you use that photo? and you guys are supposed to have a liberal bias? It doesn't matter how often you insult him or his wife. He's still gonna win.
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The 1st lady is entertaining children and she is great at it. The children really enjoys her and I adore her and to those of you who do not like her. YOU CAN JUST GO TO HELL!
She looks just as clueless as her husband. It must run in the family. My guess is that today she might be proud to be an American.
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