Texas, Sept 22 (AP/UNB) – Every dog might have its day, but not many ever had a night like this.
Cheered on by a roaring, packed crowd at Madison Square Garden, the playful beagle responded like a true champ.
"Ah-roo!" Uno bayed that evening, a decade ago. "Ah-roo!"
Uno, who became perhaps the most popular pooch to step into a dog show ring, has died. He was 13.
From a president to parades to ballparks, Uno charmed admirers wherever he wandered.
"He lit everyone's fire," longtime dog expert David Frei said. "It's because he was exactly the kind of dog everyone could imagine on the couch next to them."
Uno died Thursday at the 200-acre ranch where he lived in Austin, Texas. He was in good health until the last month or so when cancer advanced.
"Everybody loved him," said Dan Huebner, who manages the ranch for Uno owner Caroline Dowell.
No beagle had won the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show until Uno did good ol' Snoopy proud, barking his way to the prized silver bowl in 2008. He was clearly the crowd favorite and fans exulted when he was picked, giving the 15-inch champ a standing ovation.
Uno soon was the first Westminster winner to visit the White House, with President George W. Bush and wife Laura meeting him in the Rose Garden and presenting him with a red, white and blue collar.
The tri-color package of personality later rode in a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, took part in first-pitch ceremonies at Busch Stadium and Miller Park and even had his own bobblehead.
Uno spent years traveling, welcomed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and hospitals across the country as a certified therapy dog.
He also enjoyed celebrity status with a good seat on Midwest Airlines — in St. Louis, the computer once selected him for additional screening, and security guards waved a wand over him.
Frei, the television voice of Westminster for more than a quarter-century, was Uno's frequent companion on the road. Over his years, he saw about 70,000 dogs judged on the green carpet of the Garden.
"There was never one like him," Frei said. "That's no disrespect to all the other great dogs. But when Uno won, I said I'd have to rent out an apartment in New York City for him because I'd be traveling with him all year, so many people would want to see him. And that's what happened, he was such an all-American dog."
Owning a champion's name of K-Run's Park Me in First, it was an easy stretch to call him Uno. He lived up to that, as the No. 1 beagle to win Westminster (Miss P the beagle won in 2015).
As for Uno puppies, there weren't any. He was sterile.
"It has never bothered me a bit," Dowell said several years ago. "To tell you the truth, it was a blessing in disguise. I just wanted him as a pet."
In later years, as Uno's brown and black began to fade to white, he spent his days playing outdoors with a neighbor's potbellied pig and romping around his house in Texas with other beagles.
"He just had a blast," Huebner said. "He had it made in the shade."
New York, Sept 21 (AP/UNB) — Mariska Hargitay believes "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has played a huge role in educating people on sexual violence but says there's still more work to do.
The star of the NBC drama spoke as "SVU" celebrated its 20th season at the Tribeca TV Festival on Thursday.
Hargitay has been on the show since the first episode and says she was drawn to it because it explores issues no one else is tackling. Hargitay says she thinks the culture has changed, but calls sexual violence an epidemic so there's more to be done.
Mexico City, Sep 20 (AP/UNB) — Pop singer Belinda may have illegally interfered in Mexico's politics because she's a Spanish citizen and campaigned for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, authorities said Wednesday.
A rival party filed a complaint because the singer gave out articles with Lopez Obrador campaign emblems.
The singer, whose real name is Belinda Peregrin Schull, also appeared in his campaign.
Mexico's electoral court said her actions appear to have violated Article 33 of the constitution, which says "foreigners may not in any way become involved in the political affairs of the country."
The court did not sanction the singer, but instead "ordered the case referred to the Interior Department to determine further actions in accordance with the law."
Technically, the government has the power to expel foreigners for such acts.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) - The muhurat (launching ceremony) of a film based on a novel penned by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was held at Dhaka Club on Wednesday.
The shooting of the film based on novel ‘Gangchil’ will begin from next month. Its story is based on the life of people living in coastal belt of Cox’s Bazar.
Quader, also Awami League General Secretary along with Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, Bangladesh Film Directors Association president Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar, Actors Tarik Anam Khan, Ferdous Ahmed, Actress Purnima and Rituparna Sengupta from Kolkata took part in the launching ceremony.
Minister Obaidul Quader said “The politicians of the sub-continent do not write novel but I have written it. I want to project the real life story of coastal people and that’s why I spend a week with the coastal people in Cox’s Bazar after my jail release.”
The novel Gangchil has become the best seller after release in the Ekushey Boi Mela. The minister said it was beyond his imagination that a cinema would be produced based on his novel.
Hasanul Haq Inu said the movie will play an important role to portray the development of the country.
Asaduzzaman Noor said it is a great example of a politician’s creative work.
New York, Sep 19 (AP/UNB) — Julie Chen announced Tuesday that she was leaving the cast of the CBS daytime show "The Talk" a week after her husband, CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves, was ousted from the company due to sexual misconduct allegations.
Chen hadn't appeared on the show during its season-opening week last week. She wasn't on the set Tuesday, either, making her announcement via a taped message from the set of "Big Brother," the prime-time CBS show that she also hosts.
She made no mention of the case involving Moonves. On one episode of "Big Brother" last week, she pointedly signed off as "Julie Chen Moonves," when she usually doesn't use her married name professionally.
"Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and my son," she said.
She's been with the show since its inception nine years ago, along with co-hosts Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne. Chen called the trio "The Three Musketeers" in her goodbye message, played at the end of Tuesday's episode.
Chen appeared to fight back tears when thanking crew members, but quickly gathered her composure.
"I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will continue on for many, many more years to come," she said.
She appeared to endorse "Dancing With the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba as a successor. Inaba was filling in for Chen behind the show's desk on Tuesday. Chen was effectively the moderator of "The Talk," steering the show's conversation.
"The Talk" began strongly against "The View," the ABC show it is clearly modeled after, and even eclipsed its rival in the ratings four years ago. Since then, "The View" righted itself and has taken over first place.
It's the second traumatic television exit that Gilbert has endured this year. The actress who's in the "Roseanne" reboot also saw Roseanne Barr fired from that show for an offensive tweet.
"We love you, Julie," Gilbert said after the message aired.