November 5, 2015
Officer Out-Dances Teen, Shows Us How To Win Without A Fight
Washington (AP) A D.C. police officer helped defuse a fight between teenagers in a Washington park by challenging one of them to a dance-off.
Seventeen-year-old Aaliyah Taylor says a woman officer arrived Monday and when she saw Taylor dancing to the popular song, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” the officer laughed and said she had better dance moves.
What happened next was a dance-off between the officer and the girl. Onlookers recorded the dance battle on their cellphones, according to The Washington Post, which posted the video.
The officer said if she won, the teens had to leave the area.
“Instead of us fighting, she tried to turn it around and make it something fun,” Taylor said. “I never expected cops to be that cool. There are some good cops.” The officer matched Taylor with each step. Taylor said the officer would have kept going, but after several minutes of dancing, the teen got tired, so the two hugged and everyone left the area. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Muriel Bowser praised the officer’s actions, as did President Barack Obama.
Seattle Parks Official Warns Of Seasonal Owl Attacks
Seattle (AP) City officials say they’re not surprised that an owl recently went on the offensive at Seattle’s Discovery Park.
Christopher Li says he was walking through the park on Wednesday evening when he suddenly felt sharp claws on the back of his head.
Li says he “freaked out” and began screaming and running as the owl chased him.
He was able to get away, but the owl left a small cut on his head.
Seattle Parks and Recreation education specialist Penny Rose told KING-TV young Barred Owls tend to become territorial around this time of year and that the department has had at least 10 reports of Discovery Park owl attacks this season.
Prosecutor Suspended After Pulling Gun On Fake Spiders
Logan, WV (AP) An assistant prosecutor in West Virginia has been suspended after pulling a gun and threatening to shoot fake spiders scattered around the office as Halloween decorations. Logan County Prosecuting Attorney John Bennett tells media outlets that Chris White informed other employees that he is “deathly afraid of spiders” before threatening to shoot.
He says White assured him the gun wasn’t loaded. Bennett suspended White on Wednesday, several weeks after the incident, because employees were still upset.
Arizona Drivers Get A Scare From Giant Inflatable Pumpkin
Peoria, AZ (AP) Halloween tricks came early for some drivers and pedestrians in the Phoenix area when a giant, inflatable pumpkin bounded down the roadway in high winds.
A 25-foot-tall pumpkin escaped from its display promoting the Peoria Monster Bash Thursday, sailing down the street and damaging two street lights.
Pumpkin owner Patrick Sparkes, with Big AZ Promotions, tells 12 News (KPNX-TV) that it took him 40 minutes to track the giant squash down.
Peoria officials say it wasn’t vandalism, but windy weather that sent the jack-o’-lantern on its trip. No one was injured, though the street lights and the pumpkin needed a few repairs.
Company Launches Bernie Sanders-Inspired Underwear
Montpelier, VT (AP) Employees of a Vermont company have launched a side business selling underwear featuring a black-and-white drawing of the face of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
NECN reports that the underwear, which features the message “Feel the Bern,” is available for men and women and costs $15 plus shipping and handling. The three workers with KSE Partners, a strategic communications and government affairs firm, say they created Bernie’s Briefs as a fun side business.
The Vermont senator has said recently on late-night TV and talk shows that he prefers briefs over boxers.
The startup’s founders called Sanders’ passion for serious issues admirable. One founder says the political process has benefited from his campaign.
Ten percent of the proceeds will go toward the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which supports injured service members.
Missing Dog Found 2,000 Away
San Marcos, TX (AP) The owners of a pit bull who disappeared during flooding in Texas in May are puzzled as to how the animal ended up more than 2,000 miles away in northern California. Eddie Hurtado says Thor ran away after his family evacuated their San Marcos home that was overwhelmed by the swelling Blanco River during storms over Memorial Day weekend. Police found Thor wandering in Crescent City, California, in September and took him to the Del Norte County Animal Shelter, where workers used the microchip to identify him. Hurtado says he doesn’t know how Thor got to California. Hurtado says he can’t afford the estimated $1,500 to ship the dog home. A California trucker has volunteered to drive Thor back to San Marcos, 30 miles south of Austin.
Family Gets Visit From Orphaned Bear Cub, Feeds Him Apples
Astoria, OR (AP) A family from southwest Washington had an unexpected visitor.
A small black bear cub wandered along Erica and Bruce Hazen’s country road, peeking into their kitchen through a glass door.
One evening, the cub stood alone in the rain, looking for a way into the couple’s home. The Hazens live just across the mouth of the Columbia river from Astoria.
The Daily Astorian reports the family fed the cub apple slices.
After the mother bear didn’t appear for two nights, the Hazens called the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
A wildlife official captured the cub into a bear trap, with the help of more apple slices.
Because he’s healthy, the cub will be taken to a rehabilitation facility where other bear cubs are being raised.
The hope is that he’ll eventually be released into the wild.