March 17, 2016
Maine Wholesaler Acquires Rare Four-Clawed Lobster
Portland, ME (AP) A Portland seafood wholesaler has acquired a lobster that will never see the dinner table despite having double the usual amount of claw meat.
Ready Seafood Co. bought the lobster, which has four fully formed claws, from a Canadian dealer. The critter has three claws on one arm and one on the other. Lobsters normally have two claws one for pinching and one for crushing.
Ready Seafood’s in-house marine biologist Curt Brown on Thursday said he’s never seen a four-clawed lobster in more than a decade in the business.
The crustacean will be handed over to the state Department of Marine Resources, Brown said. He said he’ll suggest the agency try to breed it in captivity. A spokesman for the department said he hasn’t heard anything about the creature yet.
Brown said the extra claws turned out to be a stroke of luck for the lobster, which is otherwise a sturdy hard-shelled lobster that likely would’ve made good eating.
“If this lobster had two normal claws, it would’ve ended up down Commercial Street or somewhere in Shanghai,” he said.
Holy Bat Smell: 10 Pounds Of Guano Found In Office’s Ceiling
Tallahassee, FL (AP) One of Florida’s top regulators is being ordered to stay away from his office because of 10 pounds of bat guano discovered above his desk.
Inspectors say they found the bat feces this week in the area right above the ceiling of Ken Lawson’s office.
Lawson is secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
They have told Lawson that no one should enter his office until the guano is removed.
The bat guano was discovered Thursday.
State legislators in the new state budget ordered that state workers leave the Tallahassee offices where the department is housed. The new budget says no money can be spent on lease payments for the offices, but that provision does not take effect until this summer.
Jail Bans Photos After Drug Soaked Pictures Discovered
Salem, VA (AP) A Virginia jail is no longer allowing inmates to receive personal photographs after officials found inmates were chewing on pictures that had been soaked in a drug.
Western Virginia Regional Jail Superintendent Bobby Russell tells The Roanoke Times that the pictures were saturated in a liquid form of the narcotic-addiction treatment drug suboxone. Those receiving the photos could chew on them to absorb the contents.
Russell says it can be difficult for investigators to detect suboxone, especially on photos. On white paper, it leaves a slight yellow stain.
The jail had already banned all nonwhite paper and any papers containing drawings or paintings because of the trend.
Russell says they’re currently looking into other ways for inmates to receive pictures.
Shacking Up: Florida Legislature Repeals Cohabitation Ban
Tallahassee, FL (AP) Couples shacking up together would no longer be breaking the law under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature.
The Florida House on Wednesday voted 112-5 to repeal the state’s largely unenforced prohibition on cohabitation. The bill heads now to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.
Under a law that has been on the books since 1868, a man and woman living together could be fined $500 and locked up in jail for 60 days. According to 2014 census data, there are nearly 438,000 unmarried male-female couples among 7.3 million Florida households.
The bill seeks to repeal the entire statute covering married or unmarried men and women “engaging in open behavior that is gross lewdness and lascivious.”
Florida is one of only a handful of states that still has a law making cohabitation illegal.
Woman, 93, Gets Diploma That Was Once Denied
Akron, OH (AP) A 93-year-old Ohio woman has received the high school diploma she was denied in 1942 because of rules that expelled married students.
Dorothy Liggett was a few weeks from graduation from Akron’s North High School when officials discovered she was married.
Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James hand-delivered the diploma to Liggett in a surprise ceremony Wednesday in suburban Fairlawn, The Akron Beacon Journal reported.
“I felt terrible for the way Mrs. Liggett was treated all of those years ago and wanted to do what we could to make it up to her,” James said. “To have invested 13 years in school, to have been a good student and still not receive a diploma because of that, was simply wrong.”
Liggett and her late husband, John Huston, had run away to Kentucky to get married after he was called into the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Huston graduated from North High School two years earlier. The two had planned to have Liggett join her husband after she graduated.
During one school day, Liggett forgot her gym attire and the teacher told her to go to study hall. Liggett said she replied, “No, I’m married. I’m going home.”
The school then acted on its policy to ban married students.
Superintendent James said they felt Ligget’s birthday was the perfect occasion to make amends.
“While it may be an honor for Dorothy, for us it is a long overdue recognition,” James said.
Reagan Airport Says 1 Person Filed 6,500 Noise Complaints
Washington (AP) Out of the 8,670 noise complaints Washington’s Reagan National Airport received last year, officials say a whopping 6,500 of them came from the same person.
The Washington Post reports that officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority have said that one unidentified Washington resident was responsible for about three-quarters of last year’s noise complaints. That’s the equivalent of one person making about 18 calls every day of the year.
Ed Solomon, president of the D.C. Fair Skies Coalition, a group founded to raise awareness of the residents’ concerns, says he hopes news of this one person’s complaints doesn’t distract from his group’s argument that changes in flight patterns into and out of the airport have created serious noise problems that can’t be ignored.
Airport officials say they are working with residents to address the noise.