May 1, 2014
New Jersey Tot Wipes Out Hours Of Monks’ Work
Jersey City, NJ (AP) A New Jersey tot has made his inadvertent mark on an intricate sand display created by Buddhist monks.
The monks have been building a sand mandala in Jersey City’s municipal building since Monday. It’s a flat, multicolored display that is created and then destroyed in a ceremony meant to symbolize the fleeting nature of life.
The Jersey Journal reports the young boy climbed over a rope barrier Friday and got onto the 4-foot (1.2-meter)-square display. The sides and middle were smudged as a result.
Some of the monks spent a few hours repairing the sand in time for its ritual destruction Friday afternoon. They led a group to the Hudson River and threw the sand into the water.
Austrian Driver Stumbles Onto 10-Foot Python
Vienna (AP) Austrian police are looking for the owner of a large python - and the driver who found it may think twice before picking the next spot to stretch his legs.
Police said Monday they were called to the scene about 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Vienna after the unidentified driver stumbled onto the 2.5-meter (nearly 10-foot) reptile packed in a jute sack in a forest near a highway.
The snake was found late last week.
A pet shop has volunteered to temporarily care for it while police look for its owner.
Gorilla Surprises Zoo By Acting As Surrogate Mom
Powell, OH (AP) The Columbus Zoo says a baby gorilla in need of a surrogate mother has bonded surprisingly with a female gorilla who showed no interest in parenting her own seven offspring.
The young male gorilla, named Kamoli (kam-AH’-lee), was born at the central Ohio facility last May and was mostly ignored by his mother. The zoo says the gorilla that took over his care died, and another female from the same social group has filled in, much to the surprise of caretakers.
Assistant curator Audra Meinelt says in a statement that the younger gorilla finds comfort from his new surrogate mom, named Toni, and that she seems to be the happiest she has been in years.
SC Deli Renames Sandwich “Cease And Desist”
Beaufort, SC (AP) After a legal dispute with a competing business, a Beaufort deli has changed the name of one of its signature sandwiches to ``The Cease-and-Desist.’’
The Beaufort Gazette reports that Joe Fox had been serving a sandwich called ``The Groucho’’ at his Carolina Dog and Deli for years.
But he recently got a call from Bruce Miller, president of the Columbia-based Groucho’s deli chain, asking him to change the name. Fox renamed it ``The Grouchy,’’ then received a letter from an attorney representing Groucho’s. So Fox settled on ``The Cease and Desist.’’
Miller says he has no personal animosity toward Fox and his business.
But he says Groucho’s Deli, which has 28 locations across the Southeast, has worked for years to build a trademarked brand identity and protect it.
Biker Looks For False Teeth On Busy Spanish Highway
Madrid (AP) A motorcyclist brought traffic to a standstill on one of Madrid’s busiest highways after he pulled over to look for his false teeth, which flew out of his mouth when he sneezed, according to local media reports.
Two municipal police officers approached the motorcyclist Saturday and ordered him to resume his journey for his own safety and that of other drivers on the capital’s M-30 highway, Europa Press reported.
It wasn’t known if the man found his dentures. City police weren’t immediately available to confirm the report and provide more details.
Man Seeks To Hide ‘Murder’ Tattoo Before Trial
Great Bend, KS (AP) A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word “murder” across his neck might prejudice a jury, so he is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up.
Prosecutors say they aren’t opposed to Jeffrey Chapman covering his tattoo, but Barton County’s sheriff says he’s against transporting Chapman to a licensed tattoo facility - the only places tattoo artists are allowed to practice under Kansas law.
The Great Bend Tribune reports Chapman’s trial is scheduled to start Monday in the November 2011 killing of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters in a roadside ditch southwest of Great Bend.
Chapman’s attorney says in a motion the tattoo would be extremely prejudicial if seen by a jury.
Woman Finds Grenade While Cleaning Out SC Home
Spartanburg, SC (AP) A woman cleaning out a vacant home in Spartanburg found what authorities think was a World War II-era grenade in a box in the attic.
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports police, firefighters and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad responded shortly after a call came in Friday. Janice Doyle said her parents built the home in 1961, and it’s been vacant since Doyle’s mother died five years ago. She and her friends and neighbors from Columbia were cleaning out the home to put it up for sale, As they took boxes from the attic, they found the grenade.
Spartanburg police Capt. Regina Nowak said officers weren’t sure if the grenade was live, but she said the bomb squad would dispose of it.
Eagle Crashes Into Boat Shrink Wrap On Interstate
Menomonie, WI (AP) A couple towing a boat to northern Minnesota got a surprise visitor: a bald eagle crashed through the shrink wrap while they were traveling on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin.
The eagle dove across the top of the pickup truck of Scott and Marilyn Kregness as they crossed the Red Cedar River near Menomonie at about 70 miles an hour on Friday, according to the Chippewa Herald.
He said he and his wife looked in the rear view mirror and just saw the hole in the white shrink wrap, but no blood or feathers. He thought: ``He must have bounced out or something.’’ So they kept going.
But a driver following them pulled up beside them with his lights flashing and signaled for them to pull over. They stopped at a Menomonie rest stop, where the driver told the couple the eagle was still inside.
So Scott Kregness unzipped the boat cover and crawled around to the back. He soon found the eagle down between the two motors, alive and upright.
He was surprised it was still alive. ``I thought at highway speeds it probably would have killed the bird,’’ Scott said. ``The shrink wrapping on the boat must have softened the blow.’’
Kregness ended up connecting with Patti Stangel, founder of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release Inc. in Colfax, who came out to the rest stop. Other than a little bleeding in the mouth, the eagle appeared to be in good health.
``As long as the fight is there that’s a good thing,’’ she said. But she sent him to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for possible X-rays just in case.
Police: Man ‘Armed’ With Potato Arrested
Providence, RI (AP) Providence police have arrested a man who allegedly wielded a potato disguised as a gun during a robbery attempt last week.
WPRI-TV reports 34-year-old Gary Deming of Cranston was arrested on robbery charges. Authorities say he pretended he had a gun when he demanded money from a convenience store and dry cleaner April 21.
The convenience store manager chased him off with a baseball bat. A dry cleaner employee gave him a fake $20 from a decoy register.
The station reports Deming is also accused of breaking into his sister’s home on the same day as the alleged potato incidents. She told police he took a purse, debit card and $100 in cash.
A telephone listing for Deming couldn’t be found. It’s not clear if he has legal representation.