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« Reply #780 on: March 08, 2017, 07:49:26 AM »
North Dakota reconsiders 70-year ban on parking meters

BISMARCK, N.D.  When a farmer was ticketed for not feeding a parking meter, he launched a one-man crusade that made North Dakota the nation's only state that bans the meters on all public streets.
   
Now the governor is quietly trying to end the nearly 70-year ban, and the farmer's granddaughter is fighting to uphold her family's legacy.
   
Howard Henry received the fateful ticket in the 1940s in Minot. He said parking meters were unneeded in a wide-open state.
   
By reintroducing meters, Gov. Doug Burgum hopes to encourage more parking turnover, leading to more retail sales for businesses and more tax revenue for communities and the state.
   
Former state Sen. JoNell Bakke of Grand Forks is Henry's granddaughter. She says if the ban is repealed, she will lead another effort to prohibit meters.

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« Reply #781 on: March 11, 2017, 07:12:30 AM »
Woman resigned to being plump learns she had 140-pound tumor
   
ALLENTOWN, Pa. Mary Clancey says she was resigned to being a plump old lady. Over 15 years she kept getting bigger despite dieting. But with her health deteriorating, her son persuaded her to go to the hospital.
   
What doctors found astounded them: She wasn't fat; a cyst in one of her ovaries had grown into a 140-pound tumor.
   
Doctors at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown operated on her in November.
   
Going in, she weighed 365 pounds. After five hours in surgery, she lost 180 pounds of tumor and tissue, about half her weight.
   
The 71-year-old woman from St. Clair, Pennsylvania, spent almost a month in recovery but is home now, working to regain her balance as a lighter woman.
   
She weighs less than 150 pounds.
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« Reply #782 on: March 15, 2017, 04:40:51 AM »
Sea lion stuck in California farmland canal evades rescue
   
VACAVILLE, Calif   Officials have tried to rescue a young sea lion stuck in a canal that cuts through farmland and an inland California neighborhood.
   
Marine Mammal Center spokesman Giancarlo Rulli says an animal services official spotted the sea lion on Tuesday in the city of Vacaville, between San Francisco and Sacramento.
   
Rulli says 13 responders from the center joined police and fire officials in trying to flush the animal out of a drainage pipe in the canal. He says the rescue has been called off for nightfall and will resume Wednesday.
   
It's unclear how the sea lion got into the canal. The closest body of water is the Sacramento River, about 50 miles north.
   
Rulli says the mammal is fat and looks healthy and seems to be enjoying his adventure.

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« Reply #783 on: March 15, 2017, 07:14:09 AM »
Naked man rescued from California sandwich shop after fall

NAPA, Calif.  Rescue workers had to remove part of a wall to pull a naked man out of a sandwich shop where he spent the night trapped inside a narrow passage.
   
San Francisco television station KRON-TV reported that a construction crew arriving at a Napa job site Tuesday heard faint calls for help coming from the closed shop.
   
Authorities say it appears the man fell into the shaft from the roof of the building.
   
A construction worker told the television station the man said he was looking for a wishing well when he became trapped.
   
Workers removed a portion of the shop's front wall to rescue the man. He was not identified and taken to a hospital for treatment.

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« Reply #784 on: March 16, 2017, 05:35:33 AM »
The Latest: Experts suspend rescue effort for sea lion
   
VACAVILLE, Calif.  The Latest on a stranded sea lion in California :
   
Marine experts have suspended their effort to rescue a sea lion from a farmland canal because he seems to be headed home on his own.
   
Dr. Cara Field of the Marine Mammal Center says the 400-pound sea lion that got into a canal in the inland city of Vacaville started going back toward the delta of the Sacramento River on Wednesday.
   
The river 50 miles north is the closest body of water. The center believes the animal likely traveled up the river, took a wrong turn and followed a series of agricultural ditches and waterways to get to the canal.
   
Field says the sea lion was in no danger from swimming in the fresh water and can survive for years outside the ocean as long as there's a good food source.
   
She says the animal found carp to eat and chowed down before heading toward the delta.
   
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« Reply #785 on: March 16, 2017, 07:18:11 AM »
Lawsuit alleging NJ worker was fired for passing gas tossed
   
TRENTON, N.J.  A federal judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit that said one of New Jersey's top pork roll makers fired a worker for passing too much gas.
   
Louann Clem said her husband struggled with extreme gas and uncomfortable diarrhea due to gastric bypass surgery.
   
Her suit claimed Case Pork Roll President Thomas Dolan complained about the side effects and told her husband to work from home due to the smell. She also worked at the firm.
   
Clem's initial claim was dismissed last summer. Her amended lawsuit said managers made "insulting and humiliating" comments that caused her mental and physical anguish.
   
The court eventually dismissed that claim in January, saying she failed to prove the managers created an abusive work environment.
   
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« Reply #786 on: March 16, 2017, 07:19:50 AM »
Ex-Raiders QB Marinovich pleads guilty in public nudity case

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.  Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges related to his arrest after he was seen trying to enter a stranger's home naked.
   
The 47-year-old entered guilty pleas Tuesday to public nudity, drug and trespassing counts and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
   
The Orange County Register reports that the sentence could be stayed pending completion of six months in an outpatient rehab facility.
   
Authorities said a naked Marinovich tried to open the sliding glass door of an Irvine home last August. He allegedly left a bag containing meth, marijuana, drug gear, his wallet and driver's license on a nearby hiking trail.
   
Marinovich has struggled with drug problems that drove him from the NFL and resulted in several arrests.
   
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« Reply #787 on: March 17, 2017, 07:26:08 AM »
Ex-judge admits illegally seeking wife's texts for beer
   
RALEIGH, N.C.    A former North Carolina trial judge says he illegally offered a law enforcement officer beer and money to produce text messages he believed would show his wife was having an affair.
   
Former state Superior Court Judge Arnold Ogden Jones pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge of promising gratuities to a public official.
   
A jury in October convicted Jones of crimes including bribery, but a different judge ordered a new trial. Two charges were dropped in return for Jones's guilty plea.
   
Jones lost a re-election bid in November.
   
Prosecutors said Jones promised cases of beer and $100 to an officer who would pressure his wife's mobile phone provider to provide text message records. Jones knew that was prevented by law except during a criminal investigation.
   
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But thats not Donald.....
« Reply #788 on: March 18, 2017, 05:04:13 AM »
Quacks on the tracks: NYPD rescues duck from subway line

NEW YORK - It wasn't an ordinary police call for someone trying to duck a subway fare.
   
New York City officers found themselves chasing down a duck that strayed onto the tracks at a Brooklyn subway station Friday morning.
   
Police arrived at the Jefferson Street station on the L line around 9 a.m. to find the duck down in the tracks.
   
Officers Frantz Chauvet and Anastasiya Mishchenko and detectives Kevin Conway and Michael Black worked to rescue it.
   
The New York Police Department's Transit Bureau posted video on Twitter of the officers carrying the bird along the platform, and later releasing the duck in a park from a police-tape-wrapped box.
   
The bird hopped out and waddled off down a snowy path.
   
Chief Joseph Fox quipped that the "apprehension went swimmingly."
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« Reply #789 on: March 18, 2017, 06:21:48 AM »
Woman 'almost crashed car' when snake slithered from vent
   
VENICE, Fla.  Something more than air came slithering out of a car vent in Florida.
   
Monica Dorsett says she "almost crashed her car" when a red rat snake crawled out the air conditioner vent as she drove down a highway in Venice.
   
Dorsett tells Fox 13 she was in traffic on March 10 when she saw the snake slither out of the vent to the left of her steering wheel. She cut across two lanes and stopped in a parking lot.
   
She says she slammed the door with the snake half in and half out. Her husband then opened the door and the snake fell to the ground. She says he "euthanized" it.
   
Venice is about 210 miles (340 kilometers) northwest of Miami.

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« Reply #790 on: March 21, 2017, 04:54:29 AM »
Sheriff: Woman tried to smuggle meth to inmate in Bible
   
TUPELO, Miss.  Today's Bible lesson: It's a bad idea to use the good book to smuggle drugs into jail.
   
A Mississippi sheriff says the jail's property officer noticed a bulge in the back cover of a Bible dropped off March 16 for an inmate convicted of methamphetamine trafficking.
   
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal it held meth.
   
Johnson says 30-year-old Courtney Ford of Nettleton has been charged with possessing an illegal drug and trying to bring contraband into the jail. Her bond was set at $75,000.
   
He says 41-year-old Stephen Jason Estes of Plantersville had been asking where his Bible was.
   
Estes was sentenced last week to 40 years, with 34 years suspended. Johnson says he hopes the judge will now reverse the suspension.
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« Reply #791 on: March 21, 2017, 06:57:40 AM »
Man burns house, kills pets while trying to exterminate ants
   
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine   Maine's state fire marshal says a man burned down his parents' house and killed three pets while trying to exterminate ants in his basement with matches.
   
Investigators say 21-year-old Devon Doucette was trying to incinerate the ants with wooden matches when one of them ignited combustible materials. The fire quickly spread to the rest of the house.
   
Authorities say Doucette was treated for smoke inhalation and burns after he carried some burning items out of the house. They say the house is owned by his parents, who were not home at the time.
   
Authorities say the fire killed two cats and one dog. They say charges are not likely.

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I could see FLA, but Maine?
« Reply #792 on: March 22, 2017, 07:14:44 AM »
What a croc: Student busted for taking baby gators into taxi
   
AUGUSTA, Maine- What a croc!
   
A student at a University of Maine campus is in trouble for taking his five baby pet alligators inside a taxicab.
   
The pet reptiles began crawling around the cab Tuesday after a box tipped over. Cab driver Frank Folsom said he helped round the reptiles, each longer than a foot.
   
The Kennebec Journal reports  that 20-year-old University of Maine at Augusta student Yifan Sun from China received a summons because alligators are not allowed to be kept in Maine. The Augusta Police Department says he's charged with importing or possessing wildlife without a permit.
   
Sun told police he kept the alligators as pets and was taking them with him to visit someone in Waterville. He declined to speak at length with a reporter from the newspaper.
   
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« Reply #793 on: April 07, 2017, 06:44:39 AM »
Rhode Island minor league team plans replica of Fenway Park
   
PAWTUCKET, R.I.  A minor league team in Rhode Island plans to create a replica of Fenway Park.
   
The Providence Journal reports that the Pawtucket Red Sox are developing a replica of the Red Sox's ballpark with identical field dimensions. PawSox Senior Vice President Dan Rea says the new stadium will be identical down to a copy of Fenway Park's Green Monster wall.
   
Rea says the organization is surveying two possible sites for construction.
   
Rea and PawSox Vice Chairman Mike Tamburro are working with Pawtucket Director of Administration Tony Pires to determine the distribution of building costs.
   
A study published in January found that building a new stadium on McCoy Stadium's current site would cost $78 million.
   
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Ironic, huh?
« Reply #794 on: April 07, 2017, 06:48:11 AM »
Solar panels to help power Kentucky Coal Museum
   
FRANKFORT, Ky.  The Kentucky Coal Museum won't need as much coal anymore.
   
The museum in Benham, Kentucky, is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city's largest electric customers.
   
Opened in 1994, the museum is housed in a building that was once the company store for the former coal camp town. The museum houses relics from the state's coal mining past, including some items from the personal collection of "Coal Miner's Daughter" country singer Loretta Lynn.
   
Kentucky is the nation's third largest coal producer. But government officials have been searching for ways to diversify the state's energy sources as more coal-fired power plants are replaced by natural gas. The state legislature recently lifted its decades-old ban on nuclear power.
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