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‘It’s my service animal’: Diners scramble for the door after man brings pet boa constrictor into restaurant

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A Missouri man may have been exploiting the Americans with Disabilities Act when he ate lunch at a restaurant with his “service snake,” KY3 reports.

Lisa Loeffelholz was enjoying a meal at El Puente Mexican Restaurant in the town of Nixa when a couple walked in carrying a boa constrictor. The woman had the snake around her neck when they walked in, but, “It started to slither… into the booth behind her.”

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Loeffelholz complained to restaurant staff, who told her the man, woman and snake trio must be allowed to stay because the snake was a service animal. She didn’t buy it, so Loeffelholz confronted the couple herself, saying “a snake in a restaurant is not the best thing.”

“He said, ‘It’s my service animal. And I’m allowed to have it because it helps me with my depression,'” she told the station, adding that it was “no different than a dog.”

But Nixa city spokeswoman Jill Finney called the bluff. Service animals, per the ADA, can only be dogs, she said.

“So if somebody says they have a service monkey, a service cat or a service snake, ADA only defines it as dogs,” she said.

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Startled restaurant patrons could have called authorities, she said. Loeffelholz and her group chose to leave instead.


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Never-before-seen tax docs show Trump’s businesses made themselves seem more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax officials

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Documents obtained by ProPublica show stark differences in how Donald Trump’s businesses reported some expenses, profits and occupancy figures for two Manhattan buildings, giving a lender different figures than they provided to New York City tax authorities. The discrepancies made the buildings appear more profitable to the lender — and less profitable to the officials who set the buildings’ property tax.

For instance, Trump told the lender that he took in twice as much rent from one building as he reported to tax authorities during the same year, 2017. He also gave conflicting occupancy figures for one of his signature skyscrapers, located at 40 Wall Street.

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‘Make it a twofer’: Trump brutally mocked after claiming ‘rumor has it’ CNN’s president will resign ‘momentarily’

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President Donald Trump unleashed his second attack on the media over the course of less than 24 hours, this time attacking his top news target, CNN, as "a virtual fraud." The president also claimed "rumor has it" CNN's president, Jeff Zucker, "will be resigining momentarily?" (The typo is Mr. Trump's.)

Now that we have found out that @CNN is a virtual fraud, rumor has it that Jeff Zucker will be resigining momentarily?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2019

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Trump and the end of the American myth of meritocracy

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The following is chock-a-block with spoilers for "Succession" Season 2, including the finale, so proceed with caution.For understandable reasons, the internet is all a-chatter about the final scenes of Season 2 of "Succession." On Sunday's finale, Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), who spent most of this season looking like a whipped puppy, finally stuck it to his old man, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), throwing the patriarch under the bus during a live press conference, during which Kendall was supposed to offer himself up as the fall guy for Waystar Royco's criminal behavior. It was a moment of Kendall showing spine and competence, and understandably, audiences cheered him on.
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