December 10, 2015
Hundreds Of Full Coffee Cans Wash Up On Florida Beach
Indialantic, FL (AP) Hundreds of sealed coffee cans and vacuum-packed coffee bricks have washed ashore along Florida’s Space Coast and officials believe they may be from containers that fell off a barge last weekend.
Florida Today reports that the yellow-and-red packages of Cafe Bustelo dotted the beach Tuesday in Indialantic, where delighted beach combers were scooping them up and stuffing them into bags. The news outlet says the coffee may have come from a barge ship that lost containers between Cape Canaveral and Palm Beach last weekend. The report quotes the Coast Guard as saying that as many as 25 containers fell overboard, including one that contained batteries.
Paging Owners Of Abandoned Jets: Malaysia Wants Them Out
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AP) Attention owners of three jumbo jets parked at Malaysia’s main airport: please remove your aircraft immediately or the airport will.
Malaysia’s airport operator took the unusual step of posting photos in two major newspapers of the three Boeing 747-200s that have been sitting idle for more than a year. The notice this week warns the owners that the airport has the right to sell or dispose of the planes unless they are collected within 14 days.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport General Manager Zainol Mohamad Isa said Wednesday such notice is normal in a bid to recover debts owed to Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, after exhaustive but futile efforts to locate the owners. They are believed to be foreign entities that could have ceased operations.
The planes carry registration prefixes TF for Iceland. An Iceland-based air charter and cargo company, Air Atlanta Icelandic, was quoted by The Star newspaper as saying it operated the planes until 2010.
He said that such cases are not uncommon and happen in airports around the world.
If the planes are unclaimed, Malaysia Airports will likely sell the jets to recover debts for landing and parking fees, Zainol said, but declined to say how much money is being owed.
Donor Drops Rings Worth $3,500 In Salvation Army Kettle
Billerica, MA (AP) The Salvation Army says someone has placed a wedding band and a diamond engagement ring worth $3,500 in one of its holiday red kettles in Massachusetts. The charity said Tuesday that the anonymous donation made last week in the town of Billerica, about 20 miles northwest of Boston, is reminiscent of a series of donations of expensive jewelry last winter.
Salvation Army officials called the rings “an incredible gift” that will help pay for food pantries, soup kitchens and other holiday outreach to the needy. Last December, a widow’s donation of her wedding and diamond engagement rings in Boston touched off a wave of similar giving that wound up raising more than $30,000.
The Salvation Army says it hopes to raise $3.4 million in this year’s red kettle campaign in Massachusetts.
Lawmakers In Crimea: Name Your Boys Generator
Moscow (AP) Lawmakers in Russia-occupied Crimea, which is grappling with a nearly two-week-long blackout, are suggesting parents name their newborn boys Generator to mark the ordeal.
Unknown attackers blew up electricity pylons in Ukraine on Nov. 22, leaving the peninsula largely without power. After Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, it began building an underwater electricity cable system to Crimea from Russia’s Krasnodar region, and Russia President Vladimir Putin traveled there on Wednesday to inaugurate the first delivery of Russian power.
Russian news agencies on Friday quoted local parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantinov suggesting that parents name their newborn girls Sveta, or “light” in Russian, and boys “Generator” to highlight the government’s efforts to overcome the crisis.
At least half of Crimea’s 2 million population was believed to be without electricity at mid-week.
Li’l Piggy Gets Friends: Wild Boar Adopted By Herd Of Cattle
Berlin (AP) A wild pig in Germany has decided to give up its “boaring” life leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle.
Farmer Dirk Reese told the dpa news agency Monday the boar, which he nicknamed “Banana,” has been living with the eight cattle for more than two months on his property north of Hamburg, not far from the Danish border.
Reese says Banana has been effectively adopted by the cattle‚ “He’s fully integrated into the herd, which is fascinating.”
Reese says Banana has achieved something of a celebrity status in the area, so he’s not worried that the boar’s life in an open pasture might make it easy prey for a local hunter.
He says that “this pig has a special status.”
Burglary Suspect Hiding In Florida Lake Killed By Alligator
Palm Bay, FL (AP) Authorities say a man who may have hidden as officers investigated reports of two suspicious men in a Florida community targeted by recent burglaries was killed by an 11-foot alligator.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Maj. Tod Goodyear says 22-year-old Matthew Riggins told his girlfriend he would be in Barefoot Bay to commit burglaries with another suspect. Authorities received calls Nov. 13 about two suspicious men in black walking behind homes and investigated. Riggins was reported missing the next day.
Goodyear said sheriff’s divers recovered Riggins’ body 10 days later in a nearby lake and the injuries were consistent with an alligator attack. Authorities said Riggins had drowned and the alligator, which behaved aggressively toward divers, was trapped and euthanized. Florida Today reports a second person has been taken into custody.