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Friday July 21 - July 27, 2017

Company removes beeping alarm clock in wall vent since 2004

Ross, Pa. (AP) - A heating contractor has removed a beeping alarm clock that’s been inside a Pennsylvania family’s wall vent for nearly 14 years. Keith Andreen and Dawn Michelucci of Low-Cost Heating and Air Conditioning saw the story on KDKA-TV last month, so they went to the Ross Township home and removed the clock this week. Homeowner Jerry Lynn tells KDKA he tied the battery-operated clock to a string in September 2004 and lowered it inside the wall so the beeping alarm would pinpoint the spot he needed to drill for a TV cable. But the clock fell off the string and has been beeping at 6:50 p.m. or 7:50 p.m. each day, depending on whether it’s Daylight Savings Time. The contractors removed the clock through a garage vent. A corroded battery was still powering the travel clock.

Florida divers, snorkelers
submerge for reef music festival

(Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

Big Pine Key, Fla. (AP) - A local radio station’s broadcast underwater in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Saturday attracted about 400 divers and snorkelers who listened to music and announcements advocating reef preservation. The Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef, part of the world’s third-largest living coral barrier reef, featured four hours of music custom-programmed by station WWUS for subsea listening. “We have a captive audience down there,” said Bill Becker, the event’s co-founder and the station’s news director. “We have divers and snorkelers listening to public service announcements about reef preservation, coral reef etiquette and diver awareness. It’s things that they can do to lessen their impact on the coral reef,” he said. The aquatic-focused playlist included the theme from the “The Little Mermaid,” the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden” and the theme from the iconic shark motion picture “Jaws.” “We just wanted to get their (participants) attention.” Other songs included Jimmy Buffett’s “Fins,” the theme from the television classic “Flipper” and “Atlantis” by Donovan. Participants in the water could hear the commercial-free broadcast via Lubbell Laboratory waterproof speakers strategically hung from boats floating above the reef. Several divers were costumed, including two mermaids and a Sponge Bob cartoon character. Others pretended to play Florida Keys artist August Powers’ sculpted musical instruments. Becker described the underwater listening experience at “ethereal,” saying that the sound was not loud, but very clear and it seemed that music could be “felt through your body and not just through your ears.”

A man of many talents: Vermont governor wins stock car race

Barre, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s stock-car-racing governor is back in victory lane. Republican Gov. Phil Scott won the 50-lap feature Thursday at Barre’s Thunder Road, taking home a total of $1,200. Scott, a part-time racecar driver, is the all-time winningest driver in the top division at Thunder Road. The win was his 30th and his first since becoming governor in January. He can now add to his list of accomplishments that he is the first sitting governor to win a Vermont stock car race. Scott easily won two preliminary heats Thursday before starting the feature in the pole position at the head of the pack. He led for the entire race. Scott previously served three two-year terms as Vermont’s part-time lieutenant governor.

Groom arrested over New York backyard wedding fireworks

Massapequa, N.Y. (AP) - Guests watching a fireworks display after a New York wedding were cheering the bride, groom and booms when police arrived. The groom ended up under arrest. Nassau County police say they were called to a Massapequa (mass-ah-PEEK’-wah) home early Saturday and found a big party with professional-level pyrotechnics in the backyard. Police say 39-year-old Thomas Giglio explained he was setting them off to celebrate his wedding. He was arraigned Saturday on a fireworks possession charge. Bond was set at $5,000.


Update July 15, 2017

Escaped elephant strolls through Wisconsin neighborhood

(Jaime Peterson via AP)

Baraboo, Wis. (AP) - The pachyderm was a startling sight for residents of one small Wisconsin neighborhood. A full-grown elephant sauntered through Baraboo early Friday morning on a brief walk of freedom. The mammoth creature more suited for the ‘big top’ clashed with the quiet residential neighborhood. Law enforcement officers quickly got in touch with the nearby Circus World Museum, home to the wandering pachyderm. A trainer arrived and led the elephant back to the circus complex. Circus World spokesman Dave Saloutos says the elephant, named Kelly, was freed by her pachyderm partner, Isla, who used her trunk to disengage a restraint. Saloutos says Kelly lumbered across the shallow Baraboo River and wandered into a neighboring backyard where she unlatched a gate and munched on some marigolds during her couple hours of freedom.

Surprise! Sailor comes home to find wife 8 months pregnant

San Diego (AP) - A Navy wife greeted her husband returning from six months at sea by revealing she was nearly eight months pregnant with his fourth child. Video posted by Natasha Daugherty to Facebook shows her husband, Petty Officer Chris Daugherty, hugging his three children on the docks in San Diego after getting off the USS Carl Vinson last week. Natasha stood back holding a sign in front of her that read “Welcome Home Baby Daddy” and dropped it to reveal the pregnancy. The video captured his shocked reaction as he poked her belly and asked, “Is that real?” Natasha says she found out she was pregnant soon after Chris deployed on Jan. 5. She tells KSND-TV that keeping the secret “was difficult but totally worth it in the end.”

Landmark ‘Vegas Vickie’
neon cowgirl sign removed

(Steve Marcus /Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Las Vegas (AP) - The famous neon sign of a cowgirl in downtown Las Vegas has been taken down as part of the construction of a planned casino-resort. After more than two decades on Freemont Street, “Vegas Vickie” was dismantled Tuesday. Casino owner Derek Stevens says his company is looking for a home for the neon sign. It was created in 1980 and originally dubbed “Sassy Sally” after a casino of that name. Stevens’ company is planning to transform the space previously occupied by the Las Vegas Club.

Man who needed air in tires, bought lottery ticket wins $1M

Ballston, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man who stopped at a convenience store to put air in his tires and ended up buying a lottery ticket has won a $1 million jackpot. State lottery officials on Friday introduced 19-year-old Anthony Iavarone as the winner of the jackpot on a $1 million Cashword scratch-off ticket. Iavarone, of Clifton Park, says he recently stopped at a Stewart’s Shops store in the Saratoga County town of Ballston to put air in his tires. While there, he decided to buy a lottery ticket. Iavarone says he chose the $10 Cashword scratch-off because it’s the one his aunt always plays. He says he at first didn’t believe he won the jackpot, so he had his father double-check. Iavarone will receive a one-time lump sum of $661,800 after taxes.

Norwegians collect money to fix
penis-shaped rock formation

Helsinki (AP) - Activists are collecting money to repair a penis-shaped rock formation in southern Norway after the popular tourist attraction was found badly damaged. Joggers discovered Saturday that the Trollpikken rock formation had cracked and noted drilling holes in the rock - something that experts say strongly suggests the rock was deliberately vandalized. By Sunday, over 500 people had donated nearly 90,000 Norwegian kroner ($10,600) to fix the formation located south of the southern coastal city of Stavanger. Activist Kjetil Bentsen told public broadcaster NRK that he was convinced the Trollpikken “will be rebuilt” with donated money. Police are looking for tips to find the person or persons who did it. They could face a one-year prison sentence for a serious environmental crime.

 (Ingve Aalbu/NTB Scanpix via AP)


Update July 8, 2017

Crooked Hill Road exit sign altered to read Crooked Hillary

Brentwood, N.Y. (AP) - A sign marking the Crooked Hill Road exit off a suburban New York parkway has been altered to read “Crooked Hillary.” Newsday reports the defaced green traffic sign on the Sagtikos Parkway on Long Island was reported to the state Department of Transportation on Wednesday. A DOT spokesman says the sign has been removed and “defacing public signs is illegal.” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump often used the moniker “Crooked Hillary” when referring to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, who at the time suffered from the mistrust of many voters. Trump won the election and in a recent tweet said “Crooked Hillary Clinton now blames everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a terrible candidate.” Clinton tweeted back “People in covfefe houses shouldn’t throw covfefe,” a dig at Trump for tweeting the mystifying nonword.

Grand theft avocado: 3 arrested in $300K California theft

Oxnard, Calif. (AP) - Police are calling it grand theft avocado. Southern California authorities say three produce company workers have been arrested in the theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says they were arrested Wednesday, charged with grand theft of fruit and are jailed for lack of $250,000 bail each. Detectives began investigating the men in May after getting a tip that they were conducting unauthorized cash sales of avocados from a ripening facility in the city of Oxnard owned by Mission Produce. The sheriff’s department says the company estimates the avocado loss at about $300,000. It was unclear whether the suspects have attorneys.

Boaters say group stole pigs off California Delta island

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) - Several pigs that were left four years ago on a small island within the California Delta have become the center of residents’ debate after an animal-rights group took them off the island. The Sacramento Bee reports 10 people from Farm Sanctuary used a trailer and barge on Tuesday to ferry six pigs off the island under the land owner’s permission. Susie Coston, the group’s national shelter director, says the pigs were not in good health and were being mistreated, but residents in the area disagree. Several boaters have been feeding the pigs and say on the island, the animals are truly “free.” Delta boater Erlyn Lucas-Payne says the pigs were “stolen,” not “rescued.” But Coston says the pigs starved in the winter and were fed beer in the summer. The pigs were taken to UC Davis for veterinary care.

Attacked while running,
woman drowns rabid raccoon in puddle

Hope, Maine (AP) - A Maine woman says a rabid raccoon attacked her while she was out for a run, so she drowned it in a puddle. Rachel Borch, of Hope, says she was running in woods near her home June 2 when she saw the raccoon charging with its teeth bared. She says she knew the animal was going to bite her, so she held out her hands so it would bite her there. The 21-year-old says she then noticed a puddle in a nearby swampy area. She ran over with the rabid animal still biting down on her thumb and held its head underwater until it drowned. Hope Animal Control Officer Heidi Blood praised Borch’s composure, and says she is in the hospital for rabies exposure treatment.

Rotting clams that stunk up neighborhood are being removed

Tiverton, R.I. (AP) - The rotting clamshells that were used to pave an access road in a small Rhode Island community are being removed after neighbors complained about the stench and maggots. WJAR-TV reports that workers were at the property Wednesday morning to remove the clams after the property owner was issued a cease-and-desist order giving him until the end of the week to remove them. A crew with heavy equipment was seen scooping up shells. The owner used the shells to pave an access road two weeks ago. But they had meat still attached, leading to a putrid smell as it decomposed. Video showed maggots crawling all over the road. State environmental authorities said the clamshells were considered waste because of the decaying clam meat. The property owner has refused to comment.


Update July 1, 2017

(Donald Sanborn via AP)

That’s no normal runner: Bear crosses through Colorado race

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) - Some runners didn’t expect to see a bear on their Colorado race route. Donald Sanborn says he was about 5 miles into the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run on Sunday when the bear ambled across a roadway near Colorado Springs. Sanborn says the animal seemed to be trying to decide whether to zip across the road filled with runners when a large enough gap finally emerged for the bear to get through. He says he’s encountered bears, elk, turkeys, bobcats and other interesting wildlife on training runs, but hasn’t seen an animal like this in a race. The competition winds through Garden of the Gods Park between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs.

No 1. courthouse problem:
People urinating in the elevator

Jonesboro, Ark. (AP) - Officials in an Arkansas county have a plea for courthouse visitors: Please stop urinating in our elevator. Craighead County officials hope new security cameras will deter the steady stream of culprits who have been relieving themselves in the courthouse elevator in Jonesboro, a college town about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. Maintenance workers say the problem has persisted for years - even though the restrooms are only about 25 feet (8 meters) from the elevator. Officials tell The Jonesboro Sun that the cameras, installed last fall, have caught three men in the act, one of whom has been cited for disorderly conduct and fined $105. A third instance was recorded Monday, and county officials say they plan to issue a citation.

French girl mistakenly abandoned
at German school on holiday

Berlin (AP) - In a cross-border cultural mix-up, authorities say a little French girl was found alone, crying in the playground of her school in Germany after her parents forgot it was a holiday in the neighboring country. Police said the 5-year-old’s parents dropped her off early Thursday at the German-French school in the border town of Kappel-Grafenhausen but they had forgotten Corpus Christi was a public holiday in the Catholic-majority state of Baden Wuerttemberg. A neighbor found the girl and looked after her until police were able to contact the school administration to arrange for someone to watch her until the parents came and picked her up.

In wurst case scenario, German sausage seller prepared to go to jail

Berlin (AP) - A German snack bar owner is preparing for the worst - or is it wurst - in a spat with authorities over the sale of sausages at a highway rest stop. Christina Wagner has been battling to sell bratwursts by the Autobahn near the town of Rodaborn for years. Authorities refused to give Wagner a permit to operate at the site, so she passes sausages to her customers through a fence from an adjacent lot. The case has made her a local celebrity and thousands of people have signed a petition in her support. German news agency dpa reported Thursday that authorities in Thuringia state are now threatening to issue Wagner with fines until she stops selling sausages. But Wagner says she’d rather go to prison than pay.

Russia unveils psychic cat ahead
of Confederations Cup

St. Petersburg, Russia (AP) - Russia’s famed Hermitage Museum has chosen one of its resident cats to predict the results of an upcoming international football tournament. From Saturday to July 2, Russia is hosting the Confederations, the main warm-up event for next year’s World Cup. St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum on Thursday unveiled Achilles, a white moggy who will be offered two different plates before each game to predict the Confederations Cup results. The Hermitage is currently home to some 50 cats which live in the museum’s cellars and catch mice. Cats were introduced to the Hermitage, then the imperial Winter Palace, by Peter the Great in the 18th century. Catherine the Great officially made the cats guards of the royal picture gallery.
 


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