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March 24, 2018 - March 30, 2018

Bread to brew: Maine friars closing
bakery to open taproom

Bucksport, Maine (AP) - Two Maine friars say they are closing down their iconic bakery to open up a brewery. The Bangor Daily News reports Friar’s Bakehouse in Bangor will close Friday after more than 18 years. Franciscan Brothers Donald Paul and Kenneth Leo say they plan to open their new venture, the Friar’s Brewhouse Tap Room, this month. The brew house will be located in Bucksport, much closer to the brothers’ monastery. Paul says the 40-minute commute to Bangor was a big strain for the two. The two began selling their homebrew beer in 2013, and had been considering opening a separate business to highlight their brews for the past six years.

No course for a horse: Man rides onto California freeway

(California Highway Patrol, Santa Fe Springs via AP)

Long Beach, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a drunken man rode his horse onto a California freeway. Los Angeles news station KABC-TV reports that the California Highway Patrol stopped the man early Saturday on State Route 91 in Long Beach. Officers administered field sobriety tests, which registered blood-alcohol levels of 0.21 percent and 0.19 percent - more than double the legal limit. The man was arrested and booked for riding a horse while under the influence. The white horse, Guera, wasn’t hurt and was released to the man’s mother. The California Highway Patrol offered a message to the public on Twitter: “No, you may not ride your horse on the freeway, and certainly not while intoxicated.”

Dry ice is ‘die ice’ for New York City’s rat population

New York (AP) - New York City is using dry ice to reduce its rat population. The Daily News says the program is in effect citywide after a successful 2016 pilot and the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of frozen carbon dioxide to kill rats. The health department’s pest control director, Ricky Simeone, says dry ice is effective on rats but doesn’t harm birds of prey. On Monday, exterminators buried smoking dry ice in burrows in a park flower bed. The rats are trapped inside, suffocate and die within minutes. Some rats may escape, so an area is typically treated three times. Staff from the housing authority and the parks, sanitation and education departments also have received dry-ice training. All of those agencies are involved in the city’s neighborhood rat reduction plan.

Nothing to see here!
Police clear T-Rex walking student

East Lansdowne, Pa. (AP) - Police in a Philadelphia suburb received an unusual report about a dinosaur on the loose. But officers in East Lansdowne did not panic and took things in stride when they realized what was happening. They posted a video showing a person in a Tyrannosaurus rex costume “taking their kid to school” on Tuesday. Officers concluded their report: “No problem. Clear.”

Jazz hall’s signature sousaphone
stolen in New Orleans

New Orleans (AP) - Be on the lookout for a wraparound tuba: Someone has stolen the signature sousaphone belonging to Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Creative director and musician Ben Jaffe wrote about it on the traditional jazz venue’s Facebook page, saying he bought it after Hurricane Katrina to replace one lost to the 2005 storm. A photo shows him playing the brass sousaphone, which has “Preservation Hall, New Orleans” painted on the bell. He says it was taken Saturday, after a performance at New Orleans Airlift. Jeanette Jaffe said Thursday they’ve received multiple calls since the message was posted Wednesday, but none led to recovery of the instrument. She says some callers even offered their own instruments. There’s a reward. Sousaphones can cost up to $13,000.

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)


March 17, 2018 - March 23, 2018

California college drops ‘Trump’ from impeachment class name

San Diego (AP) - San Diego State University is dropping President Donald Trump’s name from the title of a class after public criticism. The name of the course? “Trump: Impeachment, Removal or Conviction?” The university announced Wednesday that it was dropping Trump’s name from the title of the one-unit weekend class. The course, which began Friday, covers the history, procedures and constitutional grounds for removing presidents as well as presidential immunity. It also reviews all 19 U.S. presidents who faced potential impeachment, including Richard Nixon, who resigned before he could face such proceedings. It’s offered to the public through the university’s extended studies program. The university says the course isn’t state-funded and isn’t required for graduation.

College sues former student who
refuses to leave dorm

New York (AP) - A New York City college is trying to evict a former student who it says is illegally squatting in her dorm room. Hunter College has filed a lawsuit against 32-year-old Lisa Palmer, saying the woman owes more than $94,000 in unpaid residence hall fees since she dropped out in 2016. The lawsuit says Palmer was denied summer housing in 2016. She remained in her dorm, despite the school sending several notices that she would be charged $150 a day if she stayed. Palmer was issued a 30-day eviction notice in September 2017. She refused to leave, prompting the school to file its lawsuit. Palmer, a former geography major, says she plans to stay and fight the case. A Hunter College spokesperson says they cannot comment on pending litigation.

Drunk man takes $1,600 Uber
from West Virginia to New Jersey

Gloucester County, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man who got drunk in West Virginia and mistakenly ordered a $1,635 Uber ride back to his home state says the experience was “crazy.” NJ.com reported Wednesday that Kenny Bachman thought he was taking an Uber to where he was staying, near the West Virginia University campus. But when his driver woke him up two hours into the more than 300-mile journey to New Jersey, Bachman says he didn’t know what was happening or who the driver was. The trip was made more expensive because Bachman gave the driver money for tolls and ordered an UberXL, which can hold up to six passengers. He says he unsuccessfully challenged the fare with Uber, which confirmed that the ride occurred. Bachman says he gave the driver five stars.

French customs officials find stolen Degas in luggage on bus

Paris (AP) - French customs officers have found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a bus, more than eight years after it was reported stolen. The French Culture Ministry said Friday that customs agents in Marne-la-Vallee were surprised to find a work of art bearing the signature “Degas” inside a suitcase in the bus’s luggage compartment. The ministry says none of the passengers claimed the suitcase during the Feb. 16 search. Experts verified the artwork as Degas’ “Les Choristes” (“The Chorus Singers”), which depicts a scene from Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni.” The painting was stolen from a Marseille museum in 2009 while on loan from Paris’ Musee d’Orsay. French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen said she was delighted by the recovery of a work “whose disappearance represented a heavy loss for the French impressionist heritage.”

(Marc Bonodot/French Customs via AP)

Massachusetts school to keep
‘Millionaires’ mascot name

Lenox, Mass. (AP) - Students at a Massachusetts school want to remain Millionaires. The Lenox Memorial Middle and High School student council on Wednesday announced that a school-wide poll found a majority of students want to keep the sometimes contentious Millionaires mascot. About 96 percent of the school’s 438 students voted last month. Fifty-one percent voted to keep the nickname, 32 percent wanted to change it, and 17 percent had no opinion. Students last spring voted to change it because it is divisive, leads to taunts from opposing schools, and doesn’t accurately reflect the picturesque town’s economics. Superintendent Timothy Lee tells The Berkshire Eagle the latest vote “puts the issue to rest.” The nickname is a tribute to wealthy out-of-towners, called “cottagers,” who built mansions during the gilded age and employed the locals.


Update March 10, 2018 - March 16, 2018

Massachusetts transit bosses
under fire for $100K bathroom

Boston (AP) - Massachusetts transportation officials are under fire for authorizing a no-bid contract for a tiny, $100,000 bathroom inside a state office building. WCVB-TV reports that the 115-square-foot bathroom and adjoining kitchenette was installed last year at the State Transportation Building inside the new state Transportation Department and MBTA board room. The project was fast-tracked and not put out to bid, which is usually done for state projects to make contractors compete for the work and keep costs down. Greg Sullivan, a former state inspector general who’s now research director at the Pioneer Institute, called the cost “outrageous.” The bathroom is about 40 steps from a spacious public bathroom on the same floor. A spokesman for the Transportation Department says board members are sometimes followed to that bathroom by reporters during public meetings.

11-year-old Pennsylvania
Boy Scout called for jury duty

West Chester, Pa. (AP) - One Pennsylvania resident has been called to perform his civic duty a few years earlier than expected. Jeanette Fox says her son came running to her with a summons from the Chester County court to appear for jury duty in March. Her son, Luke, is only 11 years old. Fox says she tried to go online to request an exemption, but there was no option to select for those too young to serve. She says she made multiple phone calls, and a person who answered said the county had recently changed companies that pull the list for people who receive summonses. The error was eventually fixed, but Fox says her son was excited to go. Luke is a Boy Scout, and he toured the Chester County Courthouse last year.

Lobster emoji gets 2 more legs following design complaints

(Emojipedia)

Augusta, Maine (AP) - After an outcry, the organization that controls the release of emojis has added two more legs to the forthcoming lobster emoji to make it correct. The Portland Press Herald reports soon after the Unicode Consortium released proposed images of 157 new emojis to be made available this year, Maine residents took umbrage at the lobster emoji’s eight legs instead of the correct 10. Emojipedia Chief Emoji Officer Jeremy Burge wrote Monday the consortium had heard people’s complaints and is releasing updated designs for the lobster emoji, alongside updates for a skateboard and DNA emoji. The lobster emoji is expected to be available later this year.

Runaway cow defends its
freedom in Poland

Warsaw, Poland (AP) - A local governor in Poland says a cow that escaped while being taken to a slaughterhouse is still avoiding capture even though the order to kill it has been canceled. The red Limousin beef cow that fled last month has gained celebrity status as it defends its life and freedom, roaming a lake-filled region near Nysa, in the southwest of the country. Governor Czeslaw Bilobran said Wednesday the cow is “cunning and clever and uses the difficult terrain to trick the search group,” swimming from island to island. When caught, it will be put in a local animal reserve. “It is so brave and strong-headed that we decided to keep it,” Bilobran told The Associated Press.

Student calls 911 from school,
says he was sleepwalking

Greensburg, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania middle school canceled classes after a student who said he was sleepwalking was found inside the building. State police say the seventh-grade student called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to report he was inside Wendover Middle School in Hempfield Township. The student told authorities he had been sleepwalking and woke up inside the school. Police say the student entered the school through a window and wandered around for about 15 minutes. Police say the student lives about 4 miles from the school. The Hempfield Area School District canceled classes Wednesday due to security concerns, and police swept the building. The district says Wednesday’s incident is not connected to another student’s arrest earlier this week for threatening to shoot a female student. Classes were scheduled to resume Thursday.


Update Saturday, March 3, 2018 - March 9, 2018

Police pursuit of stolen Ohio school bus hits 100 mph

Dayton, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say speeds reached 100 mph during a police pursuit of a stolen school bus in southwest Ohio. The Dayton Daily News reports a chase began shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday. The bus had been stolen from the Twin Valley schools in West Alexandria, about 19 miles (31 kilometers) west of Dayton. The chase began in Brookville, northwest of Dayton. The bus struck a parked car during the chase, which ended in the Dayton suburb of Trotwood. A suspect was arrested.

German police rescue men tangled
up with mannequin, toy car

Berlin (AP) - Police in western Germany have freed two men who became entangled with a mannequin and a large, remote controlled car. Officers were called after cries were heard from an apartment in the city of Mainz in the early hours of Saturday. Police found the 58-year-old tenant and a 61-year-old visitor “hopelessly locked together” with the toy car and the mannequin - which was dressed in a knight’s costume. Officers were able to free the men, who were too drunk to explain how their unfortunate predicament had come about. According to a police statement, “the whole thing would have remained a funny episode” but the younger man was “more than impolite” and now faces a charge of insulting officers.

Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate’s
parents donate to his rival

Madison, Wis. (AP) - The parents of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson have donated the maximum amount to the campaign of their son’s Democratic rival, Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Nicholson is in a primary battle against Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir, with the winner advancing to take on Baldwin in the fall. Federal records show that Nicholson’s parents, Michael and Donna Nicholson, both gave $2,700 in December to Baldwin. Nicholson is a former Democrat, but his parents have a long history of donating to Democratic candidates. CNN first reported the donations to Baldwin. Nicholson says in a statement that “My parents have a different worldview than I do, and it is not surprising that they would support a candidate like Tammy Baldwin who shares their perspective.” Nicholson says he is a conservative by choice “not because I was born one.”

100 pizzas and counting:
German police probe pizza stalker

Berlin (AP) - German police are investigating a case of severe pizza stalking in the western town of Dortmund. Police are looking for someone who’s bombarded a lawyer by sending scores of pizzas to his office. They said Wednesday the annoyed lawyer pressed charges in January but told them he had no idea who was behind the unwanted food deliveries. Local newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten named the lawyer as Guido Grolle, who told them he had already received over 100 pizzas. Grolle says “it’s so irritating, I don’t even get my work done anymore.” He says sometimes notices about the first deliveries of the day pop up on his phone during his morning shower. Lately, however, the anonymous buyer’s tastes have changed: there have also been deliveries for sushi, sausage and Greek food.

New Jersey capital to use lasers,
audio to get rid of crows

Trenton, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s capital city is taking a high-tech approach to rid the city of an estimated 30,000 crows that are waking up residents and leaving droppings behind. The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday will begin using pyrotechnics, lasers, spotlights, amplified recordings of crow distress calls and crow effigies to try to scare the birds away from Trenton. USDA district supervisor and biologist Kimberly Clapper tells NJ.com crows and other birds in the winter form large roosts. Clapper says the crows look for areas where there is less light and few people, such as parking lots. Clapper says the methods have worked to clear crows from other urban areas. USDA wildlife officials spent four consecutive nights in Trenton.

NYC woman stood up by mystery
man described in huge mural

New York (AP) - It wasn’t meant to be for a New York City woman seeking a mystery missed connection via a 20-foot mural asking him to meet her on Valentine’s Day. Twenty-five-year-old Devin Custalow waited for nearly 30 minutes at the billboard that asked the mystery man with yellow shoes she met on a subway train in October to meet with her at 1 p.m. Wednesday. She was surrounded by friends, family and plenty of cameras for the meeting that never came to pass - but her loved ones were on hand with a bouquet of flowers. Custalow says despite the outcome, the search for her mystery Valentine was a really great experience and she hopes she’s encouraged others to look for love.
 


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