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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
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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.
 
Anonymous “HiddenCash” creates social media frenzy PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 07:21
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Someone is dropping envelopes full of cash across San Francisco — and causing an international frenzy on social media.
An anonymous man with the Twitter handle (at)HiddenCash has been hiding money throughout the city since Friday, leading scores on a scavenger hunt.  His Twitter following exploded from a few hundred Friday to more than 80,000 and counting by midday Tuesday.
One of his clues Tuesday told San Francisco followers to “find Mr. Franklin along the ‘crookedest street,’ (towards the bottom).”
Translation: There was a $100 bill at the bottom of Lombard Street, the popular touristy thoroughfare that’s best known as the “Crookedest Street in The World.”
Hidden Cash’s anonymous creator said his giveaways are a “social experiment for good.” He claims to make his money off San Francisco’s hot and lucrative real estate market and hopes that winners also “pay it forward.”
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Naked man playing violin at courthouse jailed PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:57
PORTLAND, Ore. — A naked man playing violin in front of a downtown Portland courthouse Saturday refused to walk to a squad car and had to be carried by police.
Police say they aren’t sure of the man’s identity. He told them his name is Matthew T. Mglej and that he is 25 years old.
The brand of the violin was unknown on Saturday morning.
The man was jailed under the Portland city code forbidding indecent exposure.
Police say they warned the man numerous times about his “lack of attire,” but he refused to dress himself or leave public view.
City police refrain from enforcing the code during Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride as long as participants keep to the designated route. The event draws about 8,000 riders each June.
 
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