May 21, 2015
Worker Rescues 10 Duckings From Storm Drain
Dubuque, IA (AP) A reunited family of ducks waddled away soon after a city sewer worker rescued 10 ducklings from a Dubuque storm drain.
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald says several people called 911 to report seeing a distressed duck around 11:30 a.m. Monday just a few blocks west of the Mississippi River.
A police officer sent to the scene determined that the ducklings had fallen into the drain, apparently while trying to cross East 15th Street.
Bill Kelly and other city sewer workers arrived and removed the heavy drain grill so he could reach the ducklings and move them to safety back above ground.
Forget Pizza, Students Watch ‘50 Shades’ As A Reward
Romney, WV (AP) Part of the erotic movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” was shown in a West Virginia high school classroom this week after students convinced their teacher to let them watch it as a reward for good work.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the teacher apparently didn’t know what the film was about.
Hampshire High principal Jeff Woofter says the film was shut down after 10 minutes when an assistant principal walked by and saw what they were watching.
Hampshire County school policy prohibits students from watching movies of any kind in the classroom.
It is unclear if the students or teacher will face disciplinary action.
The first “50 Shades” film opened this year on Valentine’s Day weekend and became one of the biggest R-rated openings ever.
New Haven Police Looking For Burglar Named Bob
New Haven, CT (AP) Connecticut police say they’re looking for a burglar who goes by the name Bob.
Police say a woman reported a break-in at about 2:30 a.m. Monday at her home in New Haven.
The woman told police she asked who was in her hallway and the man replied “Bob” before fleeing out a back door.
Police say no one who lives in the apartment knows Bob, who apparently entered through an unlocked front door.
Police say it doesn’t appear anything was stolen from the apartment.
Squatters Evicted: 40,000 Bees Removed From NYC Home
New York (AP) It wasn’t a monster making a ruckus under the floor of a New York City bedroom. But it was still a bit scary.
An expert called to find the source of a loud, buzzing noise found about 40,000 bees in a Queens home.
Retired NYPD Detective Anthony Planakis, known as Tony Bees, was the man for the mission.
It took him more than two hours to extract the unwanted residents on Monday night.
The Daily News says honey dripped off the massive honeycomb as it was pulled piecemeal from beneath siding and plywood.
The colony is getting a new residence upstate.
Cardiologists, Veterinarian Work Together To Fix Cat’s Heart
Sacramento, CA (AP) A California cat named Vanilla Bean with a congenital heart defect got a rare chance at another life.
A team of doctors who usually treat humans came together with a veterinarian to operate on the 1-year-old Burmese cat. Blood was pooling in Vanilla Bean’s heart, causing a chamber to grow larger.
The defect is also found in children.
Untreated, it would lead to congestive heart failure.
A technique to correct the problem in a cat had reportedly been done only once before, by University of California, Davis veterinarian Josh Stern -- the same vet who operated on Vanilla Bean, the Sacramento Bee reports.
“I needed a human cardiology team to help guide me on this case,” said Stern in a news release from the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
“It’s so uncommon in cats. It’s uncommon in children also, but they’ve certainly seen more cases of this than I have.”
Stern teamed up with cardiologists from the UC Davis Medical Center and other vets to open the cat’s chest and place catheters and balloons within Vanilla Bean’s heart.
The operation was successful. Vanilla Bean lost a lot of blood, but transfusions were ready from the school’s large veterinary blood bank.
The blood loss caused kidney injury, but the cat was able to go home eight days after surgery. After a four-month recuperation, an exam showed that the cat is no longer in congestive heart failure.
Stern said he expects Vanilla Bean to make a complete recovery.