April 7, 2016
Rider Crashes Uber Car During Cop Chase As Real Driver Naps
Colesville, NY (AP) Authorities say an Uber passenger who took the wheel while the driver slept later crashed the car while trying to elude police.
State police say 20-year-old New York City resident Juan Carlos hired the car in Philadelphia to take him 200 miles to central New York.
Police say the driver asked Carlos to take the wheel Saturday while he napped, and a trooper later clocked Carlos going 86 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 81 near Binghamton.
When the real driver woke up and asked Carlos why he was driving so fast, Carlos told him it was because police were chasing them.
Carlos soon crashed. Both suffered minor injuries.
Guards Hop To It: Huge Rabbit Artwork Gets 24/7 Security
San Francisco (AP) Several large illuminated rabbits installed at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza will have round-the-clock security until the exhibit comes down this month.
San Francisco television station KPIX reports Monday that the giant inflatable bunnies are part of a public art installation.
To prevent the kind of vandalism that hit Super Bowl 50 artwork earlier this year, the bunnies will get 24-hour security until the exhibit ends April 25.
The two-story art piece titled “Intrude” by Australian artist Amanda Parer toured much of the world before arriving at the steps of City Hall.
Kate Patterson of the San Francisco Arts Commission says the exhibit is ideal because it’s in a space where people can come and enjoy it and “take what they want from it.”
Anti-STD Group Riffs Sanders Slogan With ‘Feel The Burn’ Ads
Los Angeles (AP) Several billboards scattered around Los Angeles look at first glance like ads for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, but they actually ask, “Feel the Burn?”
The ad campaign is the work of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is urging anyone who might feel painful symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases to get free screenings.
The billboards use the same style as Sanders’ campaign, which has adopted the slogan “Feel the Bern” itself a play on the fitness workout catchphrase.
Both the senator and the foundation use white letters underlined by red and white swooshes against a blue background.
AIDS Healthcare spokesman Jason Farmer says in a press release that Sanders is getting through to young people and the organization hopes its message does, too.
Miner To Keep Digging For Gold Despite $12.5M Casino Win
Elko, NV (AP) Despite winning more than $12.5 million at a casino, a Nevada miner plans to keep digging for gold.
Efren Aguirre tells the Elko Daily Free Press that he loves his job as rock breaker operator in a gold mine and doesn’t intend to quit. The 64-year-old resident of Elko hit the jackpot on a slot machine last week.
Aguirre says he came to the U.S. from Mexico for “more money,” but this wasn’t what he expected.
He has worked at Newmont Mining Corp.’s Leeville mine for 16 years. He says he decided to go to the casino after a shift on March 22.
Aguirre says he and his wife of 44 years bought their dream house in Elko and will put away most of the remaining money for a rainy day.
Squirrel Hunters Cause Lock Down At Arkansas School
Hot Springs, AR (AP) A report of armed men near an Arkansas elementary school led to a campus lockdown before police confirmed the three were actually pest control employees chasing squirrels.
A teacher at Gardner STEM Magnet School in Hot Springs saw the men about 8 a.m. Wednesday and notified administrators. According to a statement from the Hot Springs Police Department, the teacher said it looked like three men carrying rifles were running toward the school.
Officers determined the men, who were carrying pellet guns, were employees of a pest control company hired to eradicate squirrels at a neighboring apartment complex. Police say the employees fired a shot at a squirrel, missed and chased the squirrel onto school property.
A school employee said the lockdown was lifted after about an hour.
Town Plans To Use Air Horns To Deal With Wild Turkey Problem
Teaneck, NJ (AP) A northern New Jersey town is planning to acquire 20 air horns to help its residents deal with aggressive wild turkeys.
The Record newspaper reports Animal Control Officer Vincent Ascolese says he will give the air horns to Teaneck officials to distribute to the public.
Officials say they’ve received about a dozen complaints from residents reporting aggressive wild turkeys. The birds have attacked residents, pecked at cars, held up traffic. One has flown through a glass kitchen window.
Town officials say only the state is able to touch the birds, but residents can humanely scare them away by using water hoses or making loud noises to assert dominance.
Amy Schweitzer, of the state Department of Environmental Protection, says the birds’ aggressive behavior tends to decrease in the summer.
Woman Gives Up Home To Care For Thousands Of Cats
Parlier, CA (AP) It started with a few kittens. But nearly a quarter century later, a California woman has transformed her 4,000-square-foot home into what’s believed to be the largest no-cage cat sanctuary and adoption center in the U.S.
An estimated 24,000 cats have been saved by the sanctuary, which houses up to 1,000 felines at any given time. Lynea Lattanzio set up Cat House on the Kings after finding out that many nearby shelters euthanize cats who aren’t adopted.
As more feral and abandoned cats to ok up residence in her home, she moved out into a trailer on her 12-acre property.
“If I didn’t have to deal with humans and all their drama in life, I would be perfectly content just taking care of cats,” she said.
She now has staff and a team of volunteers to keep the house clean and the cats fed. The sanctuary also employs veterinarians who keep the cats healthy and spayed or neutered. The cats lap up about 1,000 cans of cat food a week.
People looking for a furry companion are allowed kitty cuddle time on adoption days.
A cat-proof fence keeps predators out and cat doors allow them free reign of the home.
“They’ve got this house. They’ve got 12 acres. They can climb a tree. They can go sit in the sun outside,” Lattanzio said. “It just gives these animals a reason to live as opposed to just living in a cage just because no one wants them.”