June 9, 2016
Maine Teen's Message In A Bottle Found By Fisherman In Spain
Cumberland, ME (AP) A Maine teen got some unexpected news when she received a handwritten letter from a fisherman saying that her message in a bottle had been found in Spain.
WCSH-TV reports Terra Gallo and her sister put messages into bottles and tossed them into the ocean while visiting their aunt on Monhegan Island three years ago.
The girls had forgotten about the bottles until they were surprised by the fisherman’s correspondence last week.
Galo, now 14, studied maps of ocean currents and discovered her message traveled roughly 3,000 miles.
Gallo’s message asked that whoever found her bottle put their own message inside with hers and send it back out to sea. The fisherman said he complied with her wishes in his letter.
Man Who Held Up Bank Got Cab Ride To And From Robbery
Denver (AP) Authorities say a man who held up a Denver bank got a cab ride to and from the robbery.
The Denver Post reports the FBI is asking for the public’s help to find the suspect. Authorities say the man took a cab to the bank, asked the driver to idle while he went inside, and then had the cabbie drive him to Denver International Airport.
Officials say it’s unknown if the suspect actually boarded a plane after going to the airport.
Video from inside the cab clearly shows the man’s face, and pictures taken in the Public Service Credit Union show the man wearing what appears to be a white dust mask while inside the bank, where he threatened a teller with a small handgun.
Professor In Utah Told Not To Give Fake Urine To Students
Salt Lake City (AP) A Brigham Young University physiology professor will no longer be offering students the chance to drink what they think is real urine as part of a class demonstration.
Assistant professor Jason Hansen has been told to just explain the lesson next time rather than offering a mixture of water with vinegar and food coloring and calling it urine, Dixon Woodbury, chair of BYU’s department of physiology and developmental biology, said Wednesday in a statement.
Hansen will not be disciplined.
Hansen said in a statement that he didn’t mean to offend anyone when he recently offered a student the chance to drink urine in class to learn about the principles of hydration and dehydration. The woman didn’t know it was fake urine. The second-year professor says he has done the same exercise in the past with no complaints.
“This is usually a fun way to teach this concept to the class,” Hansen said in an email.
This year, however, an anonymous student reached out to Salt Lake City TV station Fox 13 to complain the lesson went too far.
No other students or parents have complained, Woodbury said.
The concept of the demonstration has been used for years in physiology courses to teach about critical aspects of kidney function and urine formation, Woodbury said.
“The apparent requirement of drinking someone else’s urine is inappropriate, but it was neither required nor actually urine, so was considered a learning opportunity,” Woodbury said in an emailed statement.
Monster-Size Alligator Big Attraction At Florida Golf Course
Palmetto, FL (AP) A giant alligator is getting worldwide attention after golfers took a video of it strolling across a Florida course.
The Bradenton Herald reports the estimated 15-foot alligator has roamed the Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto for years. But this week people from around the world have been asking about it after a video was viewed by millions on YouTube and other social media websites.
Course manager Ken Powell said he’s received phone calls from news stations in Scotland, Japan and Australia asking about the gator, which makes occasional appearances at the course. Golfers from around the country have also called looking to play the course after seeing the gator.
Powell said the gator hasn’t harmed any humans and there aren’t plans to have it removed from the course.
Photo-Taking Tourist At Yellowstone Charged By Elk
Jackson Hole, WY (AP) A woman looking to take a picture of an elk during a visit to Yellowstone National Park got a lot closer than she expected when it charged at her.
Video posted on Facebook by tour guide Jody Tibbitts captures audio of him trying to warn the woman to back away before the elk rushes at her. The elk ended up stopping short and backing away.
A National Park Service spokesman tells ABC News those looking to get close-up photos of animals can endanger themselves and wildlife.
The park service says visitors should stay at least 100 yards from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards from all other wildlife.
Driver Gives A Ride To Police Officer In Foot Pursuit
Norwich, CT (AP) Police in Connecticut say they were able to apprehend a suspect they were running after thanks to a passing motorist who saw the foot pursuit and offered an officer a ride.
The Bulletin of Norwich reports that two Norwich officers on Wednesday pulled over a vehicle that was suspected of being involved in an earlier road rage incident.
The driver fled on foot and officers gave chase.
During the pursuit, an unknown citizen driving by offered a ride to one officer, who accepted. The officer was dropped off in front of the suspect and arrested him.
The anonymous driver then left the scene, but police issued a public thank you.
The suspect, meanwhile, faces a charge of driving a motor vehicle while under suspension, and drug offenses.
Texas Selfie Statue Surprisingly Not A Hit On Social Media
Sugar Land, TX (AP) While you might think a bronze statue immortalizing two girls taking a selfie would be met with approval on social media, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The city of Sugar Land, Texas, says the statue recently installed in a city plaza is meant to depict a common activity in the area.
It says the donated sculpture was reviewed and approved by a pair of citizen committees and the City Council.
Social media hasn’t been as welcoming. The stature has drawn the ire of many on Twitter . Others don’t seem to think it’s so bad. They’re signaling their approval by, of course, posting selfies with the sculpture .