Oddities
Woman says she played dead in Alaska bear attack PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 17:58
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Jessica Gamboa grew up hearing you should play dead during a bear attack, and she did just that when she was pummeled by a brown bear that left her bloodied on a remote road at a military base in Alaska.
That action likely saved her life.
Gamboa says in a videotaped interview at her hospital bed that she surrendered to the bear during the attack May 18 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. Gamboa, of Sacramento, California, is married to a soldier there.
The Army on Thursday released the interview of Gamboa and a combat medic who rescued her after the mauling.
Gamboa and her husband were jogging at the sprawling base they became separated. The mauling left her with lacerations to her neck, arms and legs, and neck fractures.
 
Gun goes off in Chinese school during safety talk PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 07:32
BEIJING — A handgun went off during a police safety talk at a kindergarten in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Thursday, injuring four adults and one child, police said.
The gun misfired during a demonstration and the bullet struck the ground, sending up sparks and cement that hit the arms and legs of bystanders, the city’s Zhengdong police post said on its microblog.
The injuries were minor, the statement said. It said two police officers involved were confined as an internal punishment by the department, and that a deputy director, a squad chief and an instructor had been suspended.
Police extended “heartfelt apologies,” it said.
Until recently, few Chinese police carried guns, but the government announced in April more will be issued firearms. It said they need to respond faster to violent criminals and other emergencies.
China has some of the world’s most restrictive gun laws and prohibits almost all private gun ownership.
 
Deer leaps from Illinois overpass onto minivan PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:18
WEST DUNDEE, Ill. — A suburban Chicago woman is grateful her family is safe after a 200 pound deer leapt from an overpass, landing on their minivan as it traveled along an Illinois interstate.
Heidi Conner tells The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1pxqNzj ) that the doe came to rest in the middle of the West Dundee family’s Chevy on Sunday. She and her four children were traveling about 70 mph on the Jane Addams Tollway.
She says the accident was bizarre, adding “nobody can believe this deer fell from the sky.”
Illinois State Police say witnesses reported seeing the deer jump from an overpass onto the vehicle below.
Conner says the crash totaled the van and caused minor injuries, but says the way the deer landed on the vehicle was “a miracle in itself.”
 
Michigan zoo sells exotic animal ’doo’ PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:16
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A zoo in southern Michigan is selling a composted mixture of manure produced by exotic animals.
Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is hosting a “Zoo Doo” event Thursday and June 5.
Horticulturist Frank Cummins told the Battle Creek Enquirer that the zoo has compost available from herbivores that will sell at $25 a load to zoo members and $30 for nonmembers. Cummins says that the price is a deal, since cow manure can sell for around $2 or $3 a bag.
The Kalamazoo Gazette says zebra, antelope, giraffe and other animals are contributing to the gardening aid.
Binder Park Zoo says it’s a “fun and creative way” to raise money and dispose of waste. It also uses the compost as fertilizer at its facilities.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:18
 
Saw blade comes loose, hits NYC pedestrian in leg PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:51
NEW YORK — Authorities say a pedestrian was injured when a circular saw blade at a New York City construction site came loose, flew about 100 feet through the air and struck her.
The victim was hit in the leg Tuesday as she was walking in midtown Manhattan.
The blade, which is about 3-feet wide, is used to cut through concrete.
Police say it broke loose, flew up in the air and hit a tree before cutting a deep gash in the woman’s leg. She was taken to a hospital. Her condition wasn’t immediately known.
Police say the construction company was replacing a ruptured water main.
According to the New York Post, the Department of Design and Construction said in a statement the contractor was ordered not to use any saws until they were inspected and deemed safe.
 
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