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July 14, 2016

Play (Fur)ball! Team Invites Fans To Bring Cats To The Game

Lakewood, NJ (AP) A minor league baseball team in New Jersey affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies is so confident that furballs and fly balls go together that they are inviting fans to bring their cats to this weekend’s game.

Saturday is CATurday when the BlueClaws play the West Virginia Power in Lakewood.

The players will wear special jerseys that feature dozens of orange, black and gray cat faces. The jerseys will be auctioned for the team’s charity, which supports over 35 local nonprofit organizations, group sales director Kevin Fenstermacher said.

The special jerseys are popular with teams, said Jeff Lantz, senior director of communications with Minor League Baseball. He said the El Paso (Texas) Chihuahuas did a jersey with a dog face on the front, and the Eugene (Oregon) Emeralds did a “Portlandia” jersey for the hit comedy TV series filmed in Portland, Oregon.

“But this is the first cat jersey I can recall,” Lantz said.

Fans can have their cats displayed on the ballpark’s giant video screen, and the BlueClaws will feature special songs such as “Take MEOW Out to the Ballgame.” But some traditional baseball fans might not like singing, “Buy me some cat nip and Cracker Jack.”

Escaped Inmate Turns Himself In At Arkansas Bar, Has A Beer

Paris, AR (AP) An inmate who escaped a northwestern Arkansas jail, showed up at a nearby bar a week later, ordered a beer and declared he was turning himself in.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 45-year-old Shaun Higham turned up Tuesday night at Mitch’s Place in Paris, about 6 miles from the Logan County Jail. He was wearing a dirty prison uniform and covered in insect bites.

Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks says there had been no sightings of Higham since he picked a lock and fled the county jail on June 28.

The bar’s owner called police, saying Higham was there and that he wanted to turn himself in. Higham was drinking a beer when police arrived. He surrendered without incident.

Paris is about 90 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Sheriff Warns: Stop Trespassing To Find Pokemon On New App

Goochland, VA (AP) Searching for Pokemon on a popular new smartphone game is not a valid excuse for trespassing.

That’s the warning from a central Virginia sheriff’s office. In a post on its official Facebook page, the Goochland Sheriff’s Office links a rise in reports of trespassing and suspicious activity over the weekend to Thursday’s release of the popular Pokemon Go game.

The “augmented reality” game encourages players to wander in the physical world to find and catch new Pokemon on their screens.

Deputies say they have found people on business, church, and government properties late at night when the grounds are closed.

Authorities say those actions constitute trespassing and put both members of the public and law enforcement officers at risk.

Beach-Goers Warned Of Scary Looking Fish

Virginia Beach, VA (AP) A surfing group is warning beachgoers to watch their step after a scary-looking fish was found lurking in the Virginia Beach sand.

Multiple news outlets report the East Coast Surfing Championships wrote on their Facebook page that one of the company’s friends came across a northern stargazer fish while walking. The strange-looking fish has a speckled, flattened body and a large head.

Although the Chesapeake Bay Program’s website says that stargazers tend to live at the bottom of deep, open waters, this particular one was found near the shore.

The program says stargazers bury in the sand with their eyes and mouth sticking out in order to ambush prey.

Surfing officials say that while northern stargazers don’t pose any real threat to humans, their electric spines make them a serious predator.

Sand Sculpture Of Busty Mermaid Draws Complaints

Yarmouth, MA (AP) A busty mermaid sculpted from sand and placed outside a popular Cape Cod restaurant is raising eyebrows and triggering complaints.

The town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and the local Chamber of Commerce say they fielded complaints from locals about the exaggerated proportions of the mermaid’s chest.

Yarmouth’s police department took down photos of the sculpture from its Facebook page after residents said they found the work of art offensive.

The mermaid clad in a clamshell bikini is one of 41 sand sculptures placed around town as part of the annual Yarmouth Summer Celebration.

Salty’s restaurant owner Raymond Roy tells the Cape Cod Times he’s surprised at the fuss. Roy says the mermaid isn’t nude and shouldn’t be censored.

Gym Opening That Allows Toking While Working Out

Novato, CA (AP) A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working out.

Former running back Ricky Williams, who played for the Saints, Dolphins and Ravens, and Jim McAlpine, a snowboard company executive, said Power Plant Fitness also will offer edibles and topical gels for those who don’t like smoking the plant.

They say using pot while exercising can help them focus or relax.

Members of the gym, which plans to open this year, will need a medical marijuana prescription to join, but that could change if California voters legalize recreational pot in November.

Her group is working to defeat the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in California, saying it “does not bode well for the future of our country.”

But Williams, who was suspended several times by the NFL for marijuana use, said he wants to dispel the stigma.

Beaver Attacks Paddleboarder On Beaver Lake

Asheville, NC (AP) A 67-year-old woman says she was attacked by a beaver while paddleboarding on a lake named for the rodent in North Carolina.

Betsy Bent told the Citizen-Times of Asheville that the beaver knocked her board over from underneath the water Friday at Beaver Lake, then latched on to her leg and wouldn’t let go.

The 67-year-old paddleboarder says a fisherman on the lake knocked the beaver off her twice, but it attacked again before letting her go. Bent needed stiches and rabies shots.

Asheville Police say an animal control officer caught the beaver the next day, and the animal is being tested for rabies.

Bent says she thinks it was just a bizarre incident and plans to go paddleboarding again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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