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Saturday, February 24, 2018 - March 2, 2018

Professor replaced after insisting Australia isn’t a country

Manchester, N.H. (AP) - An online adjunct professor incorrectly told a student that Australia isn’t a country and gave her a failing grade, prompting Southern New Hampshire University to replace the instructor. Buzzfeed News reports that the 27-year-old student in Idaho was assigned to compare American social norms to that of another country. She chose to study social media use in Australia, but the professor gave her a zero on that portion of the assignment, saying Australia is a continent, not a country. Australia is actually both - a country and a continent. University officials tell WMUR-TV the instructor has been replaced following an investigation. In a statement, the university said it deeply regrets the interaction between the professor and student, and wished athletes from Australia good luck in the Olympic Games.

Valentine condom campaign urges lovers to think of animals

(Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Pittsburgh (AP) - An environmental group wanted couples to think of wild animals before acting like them on Valentine’s Day. The Center for Biological Diversity handed out endangered species condoms at the Carnegie Science Center’s adults-only Valentine’s event in Pittsburgh. The wrappers featured colorful artwork and slogans like “Before it gets any hotter...remember the sea otter,” and “Can’t refrain? Think of the whooping crane.” The group hopes to show how human population growth negatively affects wildlife. The center, based in Tucson, Arizona, also handed out condoms at an after-hours event at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Lamont Craven, adult programs coordinator at the Carnegie Science Center, says “the condoms are a perfect fit for our event. The packaging highlights a dire topic, while the contents are actionable ways to solve the problem.”

Dozens of nude models brave cold,
rain for Polar Bear Paint

New York (AP) - Cold feet can’t stop naked models from parading around New York City. Dozens of body-painted models walked through the chilly streets and posed for photos in a drizzle on Saturday as part of the Polar Bear Paint, a nude spin on the traditional polar bear plunges that see people in swimsuits dive into frigid waters to celebrate the New Year. The Polar Bear Paint was organized by artist Andy Golub (GAH’-lub), who uses body painting as a way to promote human connection through art. The models were painted in a Times Square studio and then gathered outside, where the temperature was about 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) and a fairly heavy rain subsided and then stopped. Golub says the Polar Bear Paint models “almost brought the sunshine” with them.

Couple inundated with mystery
packages wants it to stop

Acton, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts couple says it was fun when they started receiving free mystery packages from Amazon they hadn’t ordered. Now they want it to stop. Mike and Kelly Gallivan, of Acton, tell The Boston Globe the first package arrived in October. They have continued to receive one or two a week with mostly cheap stuff like plastic fans and phone chargers. The Gallivans say Amazon told them the merchandise was paid with a gift card with no sender’s name. Two experts say the Gallivans are likely being used to manipulate Amazon buyer reviews. The anonymous sender is likely writing glowing reviews of their own product. An Amazon spokeswoman said the Seattle-based company is investigating inquiries from consumers who have received unsolicited packages and will ban vendors who abuse the reviews system.

Drivers, and Oxford comma,
come up big in lawsuit settlement

Portland, Maine (AP) - A Maine dairy company has settled a lawsuit over an overtime dispute that was the subject of a ruling hinging on the use of the Oxford comma. Drivers with Oakhurst Dairy filed the lawsuit in 2014 seeking more than $10 million. Court documents filed Thursday show that they settled for $5 million. A federal appeals court decided to keep the drivers’ lawsuit alive last year. The suit concerned an exemption from Maine’s overtime law that says it doesn’t apply to “canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of” foods. The disagreement stemmed from the fact there’s no Oxford, or serial, comma in the “packing for shipment or distribution” part. The drivers said the words referred to the activity of packing and shipping, but they don’t do any packing.


February 17, 2018 - February 23, 2018

Susan Monaghan reacts to her encounter with Beyonce and Jay-Z. (source: Instagram / @beyonce)

Beyonce photo captures grandmother 's star-struck reaction

Shrewsbury, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts grandmother worried that no one would believe her story of meeting Beyonce before the Grammys - until a picture of her star-struck reaction appeared on the singer's Instagram page. The picture shows Beyonce and Jay-Z strolling down a hotel hallway past Shrewsbury resident Susan Monaghan, her mouth agape as she stands aside to let the celebrity couple pass. Monaghan tells the Boston Globe that all she could think as the singer smiled at her was, "No one is going to believe me." Her daughter, Jenn Hiitt, confirms that she was skeptical of the story. But the next day, she got a text saying that Monaghan's picture was circulating online. Monaghan says that seeing Beyonce's smile felt like being "hugged by an angel."

 

Philly cops use hydraulic fluid on poles to deter climbers

Philadelphia (AP) - While Philadelphia Eagles fans prepare for the Super Bowl, police are working to keep any victory celebrations firmly on the ground. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that police officers were out Sunday afternoon rolling hydraulic fluid onto light poles to keep celebrating fans from climbing them in case of an Eagles victory. Officers who declined to give their names reported greasing about 100 poles up and down Broad Street. They dubbed themselves the "Pole Patrol" rather than the earlier "Crisco Cops" that applied shortening that failed to stop some fans after the NFC championship victory. Philadelphia's police commissioner earlier vowed a safe but effective alternative before the big game. He said police had to assure the safety of fans "as well as the people who they could fall down on."

 

German police hunt thieves who stole 44 tons of chocolate

Berlin (AP) - Police say two truck trailers loaded with 44 tonnes of chocolate were stolen in southern Germany and there's no sign of the sticky-fingered perpetrators. Police said Monday the trailers packed with 400,000 euros worth of chocolate were stolen from an industrial park in Freiburg on Friday night. One was found Saturday hauled by a Polish truck that had stopped at a rest area near the German-French border. The driver fled on foot and the trailer was still full of the stolen chocolate. The second trailer was found in Lahr, also near the border with France. Two thirds of the chocolate - and the thief - were gone. Police say they've launched a search for the thieves and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

 

Connecticut paper claps back at Rhode Island paper's dis

Providence, R.I. (AP) - The biggest newspapers in Connecticut and Rhode Island are feuding over which state is worse. The Hartford Courant in Connecticut wrote a scathing editorial after The Providence Journal in Rhode Island published an editorial calling its New England neighbor struggling, and blasting its business climate as enormously difficult. The Journal's Jan. 24 piece ends by calling on Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo to try and attract jobs from Connecticut to Rhode Island, calling it "certainly less risky" than Connecticut. In a Friday editorial headlined "Why, Rhode Island, Why?" the Courant responded by detailing a long list of its neighbor's woes. Those included pension problems, economic issues and "a legacy of corruption that not even Connecticut can match." It closes by encouraging the states to work together.

 

A lofty proposal: 'Marry Me' etched in snow, seen from above

Nevis, Minn. (AP) - An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork. Gavin Becker enlisted his family's help to pen the life-changing question using a snow blower on the frozen Eight Crow Wing Lake near Nevis. Ed Becker, Gavin's father, tells KARE-TV that it took about 4 hours to create the 25-foot-tall (7.5-meter-tall) letters and a huge heart. Gavin Becker, a University of North Dakota aviation student, then rented a plane and took his high-school sweetheart, Olivia Toft, for a trip over the lake Sunday. Toft, realizing it was snow joke, told him "yes."

(Ed Becker via AP)


Update February 10, 2018 - February 16, 2018

Police: Angry fast-food worker beans supervisor with burrito

Spartanburg, S.C. (AP) - Police say a fast-food worker upset at having to work a morning shift has given new meaning to a burrito to go, slinging a hot one at his Taco Bell supervisor. Police in South Carolina say officers were called to the Spartanburg eatery Monday, where a supervisor reported telling the worker to “stop being a crybaby” - just before being beaned with the food-filled projectile. A police report says the supervisor had turned away when melted cheese from the airborne burrito splattered her left arm, side and leg. Gooey stuff also “made a mess of the entire kitchen,” police say. Police say the worker didn’t stop there, adding they were told he took off his headset, broke it on his knee and “stormed out.” No arrests have been made.

Couple weds in courthouse bathroom after mom falls ill

(Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Freehold, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey couple recently changed their wedding venue from a judge’s chambers to a courthouse bathroom after a relative had an asthma attack. Brian and Maria Schulz were set to tie the knot on Jan. 2 when the groom’s mother had difficulty breathing. She was taken to a women’s room at the Monmouth County Courthouse, where sheriff’s officers administered oxygen and called EMT’s. If they had postponed the wedding, they would have had to wait 45 days for a new marriage license. So one of the officers suggested holding the ceremony in the bathroom. In a video posted on the sheriff’s office Facebook page, Judge Katie Gummer performed the ceremony. The groom’s mother is doing fine.

Grumpy Cat snatches lump of cash in California court

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Santa Ana, Calif. (AP) - It still won’t make her smile, but Grumpy Cat has won some scratch. A California jury gave the furry frown queen more than $700,000 this week in a federal lawsuit over the use of her identity. According to documents obtained by The Washington Post, owner Tabatha Bundesen of Morristown, Arizona, won the lawsuit first filed three years ago against the Grenade beverage company. She signed on for the cat to endorse a “Grumpy Cat Grumpuccino,” but the company subsequently used the cat’s image to help sell other products, which an eight-person jury on Monday found was unauthorized. Grumpy Cat, whose dwarfism and underbite give her the permanent frown she’s famous for, became an online phenomenon-turned-merchandising-machine after Bundesen first posted pictures of her in 2012.

Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back

Lubec, Maine (AP) - A fishing-industry building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is half-submerged in waters near a Canadian island, and conservationists fear it could disintegrate before legal tangles are resolved. The Jan. 4 blizzard tore the brine shed from its mooring at McCurdy’s Smokehouse off Lubec, Maine, and it was blown to nearby Campobello Island in New Brunswick, the Bangor Daily News reported. The shed is among five buildings that comprise the last traditional smoked-herring facility in the U.S., and an organization called Lubec Landmarks has worked for almost 25 years to preserve it. Lubec Landmarks President Rachel Rubeor said legal tangles, including salvage rights claims by some Canadian citizens, could doom the building. “The bureaucratic nonsense is hampering us big time,” said Rubeor, who said vandals with chain saws are threatening to dismantle the building. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said the senator’s staff has worked to facilitate communication among organizations across all levels of government on both sides of the border “to help save and possibly preserve this historic landmark.” The shed’s remains, which include significant portions of its roof, flooring and fireplace plus some side walls, floated under the bridge between Lubec and the Canadian island. “It is just a miracle that it didn’t hit the bridge. It just sailed right through the pilings,” said Lubec Town Administrator Renee Gray.


Update Saturday, February 3, 2018 - February 9, 2018

Swiss police arrest 80-year-old
man for masked bank robbery

Berlin (AP) - Swiss authorities say they have apprehended an 80-year-old man on allegations he robbed a bank near the city of Lucerne. Lucerne canton (state) prosecutors said Tuesday the man, who was arrested the previous day in the Lucerne area, had confessed to the December masked robbery of the bank in Meggen. The suspect’s name wasn’t released in line with privacy laws and further details weren’t immediately available. At the time of the robbery, police released a photo of the suspect showing him wearing a black mask, clutching a blue plastic bag of money as he robbed the bank before he fled on foot. They said it wasn’t clear if he was armed, and did not say how much money he got away with.

Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

(Russian Interior Ministry Press Service via AP)

St. Petersburg, Russia (AP) - Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg - a crocodile in the basement. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in staging reconstructions of historic military battles with period uniforms and antique weaponry. When they went down, they saw a crocodile resting in a small pool of water dug in concrete basement. The owner of the house explained that he got the crocodile years ago. City prosecutors said Friday they were checking whether the man was complying with local laws.

Doughnut-eating champ charged with stealing from Dunkin’

Elizabeth City, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man who made headlines when he was caught for break-ins after winning a doughnut-eating contest has been arrested again. And this time he’s accused of stealing from a doughnut shop. The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports 27-year-old Bradley Hardison of Elizabeth City was charged Thursday with stealing from a Dunkin’ Donuts in November. An Elizabeth City Police Department statement says he’s charged with felonies including breaking and entering and larceny. It wasn’t clear if he helped himself to any doughnuts. A phone listing for Hardison rang disconnected. The Virginian-Pilot reported that in 2014, Hardison won a doughnut-eating contest put on by Elizabeth City police while he was wanted on suspicion of several break-ins. Investigators said they arrested Hardison after his win prompted further scrutiny, and he was convicted, according to the paper.

Headless chickens found
in Connecticut courtroom

Bridgeport, Conn. (AP) - Authorities in Connecticut are investigating the discovery of two decapitated chickens inside a courtroom. Judicial marshals and maintenance staff investigating a putrid smell made the grisly discovery Wednesday morning in the public seating area of a courtroom in a state courthouse in Bridgeport. The headless chickens were under a bench. Authorities say the carcasses were decorated in silver, green and gold glitter. There was no immediate indication how the decapitated chickens got there and the discovery is under investigation. The Connecticut Post reports that decapitated chickens have been found outside city courthouses before, but never inside. The placement of decapitated chickens is used in Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion, to protect a person from being found guilty of a crime.

Cops: Maine man punches self
in face to avoid sobriety test

Belfast, Maine (AP) - Police in Maine have accused a man of punching himself in the face three times to avoid a sobriety test. Police in the town of Belfast say they found 27-year-old Brian Fogg in his car, stuck in a ditch last week. WGME-TV reports police said when they tried to test for his blood-alcohol level, Fogg punched himself in the face, causing himself to bleed. Police tended to his injuries instead of giving him the test, but later charged him with operating under the influence, falsifying physical evidence and criminal mischief. Fogg’s been released on bail. He has an unpublished number and it wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.
 


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