April 28, 2016
Officer Announces Police Headquarters Squirrel’s Death
Omaha, NE (AP) Omaha police have announced the death of a squirrel that hung out around police headquarters and had his own Twitter following.
Police say the squirrel, which went by @OPDSquirrel on the social media site, was found dead in the police headquarters’ parking lot in downtown Omaha.
A post by Omaha Officer Michael Bossman on Tuesday announced the death, accompanied by a picture of a dead squirrel outlined with chalk.
The squirrel’s Twitter account, however, remains active. The rodent’s nearly 350 followers have been treated to follow-up tweets from friends and family ‚Äî including one from Mrs. OPDSquirrel, who thanked everyone for their kind words and said “he will be sorely missed by our 35 children and I.”
Police suggest donations to First Responders Foundation of Omaha in lieu of flowers.
Boy Skips Birthday Gifts,
Gives Money To Sea Turtles
Boston (AP) A Massachusetts 6-year-old’s love of sea turtles prompted him to forgo birthday gifts this year and ask instead for money he could donate to sea turtle rescue efforts.
Jasper Rose, of Watertown, collected $550 for Boston’s New England Aquarium from his birthday earlier this month. He and his family presented the check to aquarium officials Friday to mark Earth Day and asked that it be used for its sea turtle rescue program.
“It means an enormous amount to us. It really encourages us,” Nigella Hillgarth, the aquarium’s president and CEO, told Jasper and his family. “We’re really moved by this gift. The generosity that he’s inspired is really something. “
For his efforts, Jasper got to spend the morning at the top of the aquarium’s four story Caribbean coral reef tank feeding the sea turtles by hand. “It’s been a lot of fun,” he said, tossing cabbage and other leafy greens to a 90-year-old, 550-pound turtle named Myrtle.
Jasper, she says, got the idea for the donation after recently visiting the aquarium’s Animal Care Center in Quincy, Massachusetts.
12-Year-Old Girl Runs NY Half Marathon By Mistake
Rochester, NY (AP) A 12-year-old western New York girl wound up running 10 extra miles after she got into the wrong road race.
LeeAdianez Rodriguez had registered for the 5K race that was part of last Sunday’s Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge. She thought she was arriving late at the starting line when the race started, so she began running with the rest of the runners.
It turned out she was actually running with the half-marathoners on the 13.1-mile course and not in the 5K, or 3.1 miles. Rodriguez says she realized about halfway through that she was in the wrong race but decided to finish.
She completed the half-marathon in 2:43:31.
Her mother became worried when her daughter wasn’t among the finishers of the 5K, but they were reunited when Rodriguez finished the half-marathon.
Ice Cream In A Former Funeral Parlor? A Taste To Die For
Chicopee, MA (AP) The owner of a new western Massachusetts ice cream shop says his delicious dishes are “a taste to die for.”
That’s because Petros Mirisis (muh-REE’-sis) is opening his ice cream parlor in a former funeral home in Chicopee.
Mirisis, who already owns a restaurant in town, tells westernmassnews.com he loves taking his three daughters out for ice cream, but it’s always been hard to find a place.
He drove past the old funeral home every day on his way to work and always thought it was a great place for a business, in the heart of the city and across the street from the library.
His catchphrase came to him in a moment of inspiration.
Petros Ice Cream is expected to open soon.
Selfies With Suburban Atlanta Gator? Bad Idea, Police Warn!
Peachtree City, GA (AP) Fearing Snapchat could take an ugly turn toward “snap chomp,” police are warning people not to take selfies with an alligator in suburban Atlanta.
Peachtree City police also advise residents not to feed the 6-foot gator known as “Flat Creek Floyd” as he soaks in the sun on Flat Creek, about 30 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.
Peachtree City police Lt. Mark Brown tells WSB-TV that the gator’s presence has “gone a little crazy” on social media.
Police say that when Floyd was spotted earlier this month, it was the first alligator sighting in the area in five years. Gators are common in parts of south Georgia, but are not usually seen in metro Atlanta.
Utah Student Wins $100,000 For Tuition At Football Game
Provo, Utah (AP) A Brigham Young University student won $100,000 for his tuition during a football game on Saturday.
The Daily Herald reports that Luke Newey won as part of a halftime football toss competition during the Big Ten championship game. He defeated fellow Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway finalist John Wondergem, a student at Michigan State University, by throwing 18 footballs through his target.
Wondergem, who made 14 tosses, took home $20,000 in scholarship money.
Newey is studying engineering at BYU. To make it to the final football toss, he submitted a video in which he said his goal was to help people in poverty. That video helped him secure enough votes to compete in the halftime challenge.
No Soup For You: Man Upset After Restaurant Runs Out
Mansfield, TX (AP) A Texas lawyer upset that he wasn’t provided a cup of soup during a recent meal has notified a restaurant owner that he’ll sue if not reimbursed the $2.25 for the soup.
Dwain Downing also is seeking $250 in attorney fees for the time spent drafting a letter sent to Benji Arslanovski, who operates Our Place Restaurant in the Fort Worth suburb of Mansfield.
Downing says the soup was listed on the menu as part of a Saturday special. He says the restaurant offered no discount or substitution when it ran out.
The lawyer argued the menu amounts to a contract with the customer and Arslanovski violated the terms of the contract.
But the restaurateur says the menu makes clear the soup comes with a meal “while supplies last.”