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August 18, 2018 - August 24, 2018

(Megan Uhrynowski & Gary Sherrick via AP)

Patriots fan turns Tom Brady’s autograph into a tattoo

Foxborough, Mass. (AP) - A young Connecticut woman didn’t want to ever lose the autograph she got from Tom Brady. The New England Patriots star signed 19-year-old Megan Uhrynowski’s arm after a practice at Gillette Stadium on Monday night that she had attended with a friend. Uhrynowski, a college student, told WHDH-TV her friend had suggested she turn the autograph into a tattoo. So she did. Uhrynowski went to a tattoo parlor the next day and had the five-time Super Bowl champion’s signature permanently etched on her arm. She said she was “freaking out” when Brady responded to her request to sign her arm during an autograph session with fans, adding: “It was probably like the coolest thing.”

Couple thinks they found
Prohibition-era booze in new home

Quincy, Mass. (AP) - A couple moving into a Massachusetts home have found what they believe is a stash of Prohibition-era booze. The Patriot Ledger reports that Ian Sutherland and his girlfriend, Alexa Lee, found dozens of dusty glass bottles and clay jugs shelved behind a false wall in their Quincy home. A contractor uncovered the hidden compartment while working in the basement in July after the couple had moved in from Connecticut. Some of the 56 bottles still contain liquid that Sutherland says appears to include beer and moonshine, and that now give off a vinegary smell. The head of the Quincy Historical Society says it’s still too soon to know how long the bottles were hidden. Quincy banned alcohol sales in 1880 amid the temperance movement. The house was built in 1910.

Colorado sheriff urges travelers
to lock car in bear country

Conifer, Colo. (AP) - Travelers in Colorado are being urged to lock their cars when they’re in bear country. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado posted a video on Facebook that shows what can happen when a car is left unlocked and a bruin smells treats inside. An officer used a rope to open the door and awaken the bear, which seemed to enjoy the food contents of a small station wagon before taking a nap. A half-eaten banana was left behind as the bear ran off into the woods. The sheriff’s office wrote it’s “pawsitively sure” locking the door reduces the chances of losing important items and having a vehicle trashed.

Colorado man fined $1K for
repeatedly feeding bears

Durango, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado man has been fined $1,000 for intentionally feeding bears for the third time in the past eight years. The Durango Herald reports a resident reported to Colorado Parks and Wildlife that they had seen a man leaving out food in his backyard for bears. Wildlife Manager Matt Thorpe says the resident took pictures and provided them to officials. An investigation found that the man had previously been fined for the same behavior in 2010 and 2012. In Colorado, it’s illegal to knowingly feed bears. The first offense carries a $100 fine. The second violation gives a $500 fine. Thorpe said Colorado Parks and Wildlife contacted the man on Sunday, who paid the fine on the spot. He can be fined another $1,000 if he breaks the law again.

Marilyn Manson handcuffed
in Maine, but it’s just a joke

Bangor, Maine (AP) - No, Marilyn Manson didn’t get arrested in Bangor, Maine. The Bangor Police Department says Manson and an officer were joking around when the rocker was briefly handcuffed. A video of the handcuffing was posted to Manson’s Instagram account. Lt. Tim Cotton took to Facebook to say it was good, clean fun. He also quips the officer, Curtis Grenier, is no longer allowed to work backstage “except during Lord of the Dance or anything related to Disney.” Manson and Rob Zombie performed Sunday night, wrapping up a three-day Impact Festival featuring rockers such as Anthrax and Slayer.


August 11, 2018 - August 17, 2018

Art dealer buys storage locker for $15,000, finds treasures

New York (AP) - A New York City art dealer who bought the contents of a New Jersey storage locker filled with paintings for $15,000 says he got more than he bargained for. He found half a dozen paintings he believes were done by artist Willem de Kooning, whose works have sold for millions of dollars at auction. The New York Post reports David Killen bought the contents of the Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, locker last year. The paintings were originally from the studio of art conservator Orrin Riley, who died in 1986, and his partner, Susanne Schnitzer, who died in 2009. The paintings aren’t signed, but Killen reached out to an expert who’s confident they were done by de Kooning, an abstract expressionist from the Netherlands who moved to the United States and died in 1997.

Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Berlin (AP) - Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart. Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance from the International Space Station. Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk’s 1978 song “Spacelab” with the band Friday night to cheers from the audience. He’s not the first space musician. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and played a duet with the Barenaked Ladies while 400 kilometers (250 miles) above the Earth in 2013. American astronaut Ron McNair planned to play saxophone from orbit with Jean Michel Jarre in 1986 but died in the Challenger tragedy.

Video: https://youtu.be/rCQEzgtWv-E

(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, file)

Cow breaks Connecticut farm worker’s jaw

Ellington, Conn. (AP) - A worker at a Connecticut dairy farm was taken to the hospital with a broken jaw after being head-butted by a cow. Seth Bahler, owner of Oakridge Dairy Farm in Ellington, tells the Journal Inquirer the 23-year-old man suffered the injury at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday when a cow swung its head and hit the man in the face. The victim was flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. The man’s name was not made public, but Bahler says he is a local resident who has worked at the farm for about five years. He called it a “freak accident.” The 2,900-acre Oakridge Dairy Farm is the largest dairy farm in the state with 2,400 cows that produce 25,000 gallons of milk a day.

Driver hits 142 mph ... right after being cited for speeding

Hershey, Neb. (AP) - An Iowa woman who was ticketed for speeding in Nebraska perhaps didn’t take the citation seriously - deputies clocked her driving at 142 mph as she accelerated away from the traffic stop. The Lincoln County sheriff’s office says the 31-year-old woman from Council Bluffs was eventually arrested on suspicion of willful reckless driving after deputies caught up with her for a second time early Saturday. Deputies first stopped the 2018 Ford Mustang around 1 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 80 near North Platte after it was recorded driving 92 mph in a 75 mph zone. The driver was cited and told she could leave. But she took off at speed and the deputies gave chase, using radar to clock her driving at 142 mph. Online court records don’t indicate formal charges.

Hungry headache: German city seeks to evict big catfish

Berlin (AP) - A German city is looking for a way to get rid of a giant catfish that is believed to have developed a taste for ducklings after eating all of its fellow fish in the municipal pond. The roughly 1.5-meter (4.9-foot) fish has been making waves in Offenbach, near Frankfurt. News agency dpa reported that the city government said Monday that it has found a professional angler to catch the fish, first seen about a year ago, but a formal contract has yet to be signed. The city plans to have its unwelcome guest caught alive and taken to a private pond somewhere, but officials will first have to be satisfied that it can’t escape into flowing water and that its new home is suitable for a catfish.


August 4, 2018 - August 10, 2018

(Cape May N.J. Police Department via AP)

Police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies

Cape May, N.J. (AP) - A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media. Cape May Patrolman Michael LeSage found Bean the pug in a yard on Sunday. He tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short so he had to lift her. Police posted a photo of Bean on Facebook with the caption: “This is what happens when you run away from home.” It took a few hours before Bean’s owners tracked her down. Hadley Hubbard of Baltimore, Maryland, thanked police and posted that Bean was sound asleep after an exciting run. LeSage posted that Bean paid her bail in cookies.

Woman temporarily becomes
millionaire after account mix-up

Boston (AP) - For a few minutes, a Boston woman says she was a millionaire. Ellen Fleming says she received a voicemail from a TD Ameritrade financial consultant Wednesday afternoon that a deposit had been made into her account. The 26-year-old opened the company’s app on her cellphone and was surprised to find $1.1 million instead of the $50 that she had left a few months ago. Fleming tells The Boston Globe that she immediately thought about quitting her job and paying her student loans. Instead, she called the consultant back and informed them of the mix-up. Fleming says the money was meant for a woman with the same name who lives in Florida. She jokes that in her obituary she would like to be referred to as a “one-time millionaire.”

Firefighters rescue raccoon
that got head stuck in mayo jar

Ithaca, N.Y. (AP) - Firefighters in upstate New York helped out a presumably hungry raccoon that got its head stuck inside a mayonnaise jar. The Ithaca Fire Department says the raccoon was spotted in a tree during its recent predicament. The Ithaca Journal reports both city firefighters and a state Department of Environmental Conservation officer got the animal down. They placed the raccoon into a large plastic tub and freed its head. Once the DEC officer determined the raccoon was not injured, it was let go. The critter was last seen running toward a nearby creek.

Trapped tourists call wrong Lisbon
police for help

Lisbon, Maine (AP) - Two tourists who became trapped in an elevator accidently called the wrong Lisbon police department for help. Dispatcher Cathy Roy told WCSH-TV Tuesday she was working at the Lisbon Police Department in Maine a few weeks ago when she received a call from the trapped tourists. The only problem was they were in Lisbon, Portugal. Roy says the two women had pressed the elevators’ emergency button for help. No one answered, so the women searched online for “Lisbon Police” and called the first number listed. Roy says she stayed on the phone with the women and found the right Lisbon police department to call. Despite the language barrier, Roy says she was able to direct emergency crews to the women and help them escape.

Austrian family accused of hijacking,
crashing Swiss taxi

Berlin (AP) - Swiss police say an Austrian family allegedly hijacked a taxi, crashed into a parked boat, drove through a hedge and then plunged off a 4-foot-high ledge before trying to escaping on foot. St. Gallen police said the incident happened early Sunday in the northeastern Swiss town of Rorschach. Police said the suspects - a married couple and their 10-year-old daughter - are accused of attacking the taxi’s 60-year-old driver before stealing his car and driving erratically to a nearby town. Their alleged taxi ride ended when the family crashed down the side of a driveway. Police say officers detained them as they fled. Police said the 38-year-old father “was not in a fit state to drive” and had no license. The girl and the taxi driver were injured and required medical treatment.


July 28, 2018 - August 3, 2018

(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Finnish brewery creates quirky
beer for Trump-Putin summit

Helsinki (AP) - A small Finnish craft brewery is paying a humorous tribute to the Helsinki summit. RPS Brewing issued a limited-edition lager depicting cartoon U.S. and Russian presidents on its label, with text for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin saying “Let’s Settle This Like Adults” and “Making Lager Great Again.” The beer has been in high demand since it hit the shelves nationwide a few days ago and the whole 10,000-bottle lot had been sold out ahead of the summit. Samples have also been delivered to the U.S. and Russian embassies in Helsinki. CEO Samuli Huuhtanen told The Associated Press on Saturday that “a couple of good beers can help any negotiations,” especially if followed by a visit to a Finnish sauna.

Arizona man arrested after trying
to pull over troopers

Phoenix (AP) - Arizona authorities say a 44-year-old uniformed security guard is accused of impersonating a police officer by trying to pull over an unmarked car that happened to contain two state troopers patrolling a Phoenix freeway. The Department of Public Safety says Matthew Allen Disbro of Mesa was driving his personal black Dodge Charger on Wednesday when he activated law-enforcement-style emergency lights on his car to pull over the troopers’ yellow Ford Mustang. According to the department, the troopers wouldn’t pull over, Disbro then drove alongside, yelled and waved a hand at the troopers to get them to pull over before they activated their own vehicle’s police lights and pulled him over. Court records don’t list an attorney for Disbro who could comment on the allegations.

German town to hold lottery
for coveted graveyard plots

Berlin (AP) - Quiet neighbors, pristine grounds and a view to die for: No wonder graveyard plots in Berchtesgaden are in high demand. The German news agency dpa reported Saturday that the picturesque town in the Bavarian Alps is now taking the unusual step of holding a lottery for vacant spaces in its cemetery. For years, authorities had to turn down applicants hoping to secure a final resting place in the 17th-century graveyard due to lack of space. With 200 new plots being created from unused spaces, the town has decided to stage a lottery Wednesday to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of getting a place in the cemetery. About 280 people have applied.

Rapper buys every seat in house,
takes strangers to movies

Portland, Maine (AP) - A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie. Rory Ferreira, who goes by the stage name Milo, bought all 129 seats to the 4:20 p.m. showing of the movie “Sorry to Bother You” at the Nickelodeon in Portland, Maine, on Saturday. The Portland Press Herald reports employees told patrons they could see a movie for free as they arrived at the theater. Ferreira says he was inspired by the movie’s director, Boots Riley, to do something good for society. Ferreira, of Biddeford, also attended the movie, and tweeted an invite for anyone interested to “catch a flick wit me.” The movie follows the story of a black telemarketer who takes on white speaking mannerisms to try to succeed at his job.

Rhode Island governor to hold
office hours at the beach

Providence, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s governor says she’s holding summer office hours at the beach. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo (ray-MAHN’-doh) will hold the first event Monday at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett. She’ll be joined by members of her Office of Constituent Services to help connect residents with various services. While there, she plans to sign an executive order to reduce reliance on single-use plastics that can end up in the state’s waters. Raimondo says she looks forward to hosting office hours and hearing directly from residents at some of the state’s most popular destinations. She plans to go to Lincoln Woods State Park on Aug. 3.
 


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