August 18, 2016
Surgeon Returns Book Decades Late With Donation
Charleston, WV (AP) A Florida doctor is returning a long-overdue book that he checked out from a West Virginia library and donating $500.
WCHS-TV reports that as a child in the mid-1970s, Dr. Michael Kelly checked out “So You Want To Be a Doctor” from the Kanawha County Library.
Kelly, a graduate of Charleston High School, is now a successful plastic surgeon in Miami and owns Miami Plastic Surgery.
Kelly told the news station that he recently found the book in a bookshelf at his home and is “extremely embarrassed” that it has been checked out for so long.
Library officials say Kelly will return the book at 1 p.m. Friday, along with a check to show gratitude for his success. Kelly says he hopes his story will inspire the children of Charleston to follow their dreams.
The More Bites The Better At This Festival
Berezniki, Russia (AP) While fears of the Zika virus have kept some people away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, for residents of one Russian town the more mosquito bites the better.
At this weekend’s Russian Mosquito Festival in the town of Berezniki, 9-year-old Irina Ilyukhina won the “tastiest girl” category with 43 bites to show for going berry-picking in the forest with her mother. She was awarded a ceramic cup in recognition of the welts all over her legs.
Unusually hot and dry weather in the Ural Mountains town, however, has greatly depleted the number of mosquitoes this year. Festival organizers had to cancel the traditional mosquito hunt, where participants try to collect as many of the insects as possible in jars.
Man Finds Portable Toilet Filled With Pot
Rogue River, OR (AP) Police in the southern Oregon community of Rogue River say a man walking through a park discovered a portable toilet filled with marijuana plants.
The agency posted a photo on social media Wednesday, saying it’s the largest seizure of pot the department has ever made.
Marijuana grows are common in southern Oregon, which has some of the nation’s best conditions for outdoor cultivation.
Chief Ken Lewis said Thursday that police still don’t know how the pot got there. He says it could be anything from a pick up point to a disgruntled citizen making a statement about all the marijuana grows.
Lewis said a public works employee checked the toilet three hours before the discovery was made and it was empty. People playing tennis on a nearby court saw nothing suspicious.
Hidden Monkey On Las Vegas Bound Flight Causes Stir
Las Vegas (AP) Airline officials say they called for help after a passenger was found stowing a monkey in his shirt during a Las Vegas-bound flight.
Frontier Airlines spokesman Richard Oliver says the incident happened Tuesday night on a flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Las Vegas.
Oliver says the passenger broke policy by not informing the airline that he was bringing a service animal onboard, and then refused to turn over documents verifying the monkey’s status.
McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says law enforcement officials met up with the plane and determined that the monkey was a certified service animal.
Oliver says the animal was brought surreptitiously onto the plane in a duffel bag and never became loose or uncontained during the flight.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the passenger faces consequences.
Stolen Rubber Duck Returns After Odd Traveling Mystery
Hampton, NH (AP) An oversized rubber duck that was stolen from a New Hampshire family’s home five years ago has returned, shrouded in a cloud of mystery and global intrigue.
The Portsmouth Herald reports the Troiano family began receiving cryptic postcards and pictures of the duck in locations all over the world soon after its disappearance from their Hampton home.
A Facebook page documenting the globe-trotting of “Gale Ducky” gained a large following that included the Troianos themselves, who were amused by their bath toy’s new adventures and weren’t put off by his abduction.
But on Wednesday morning, Gale Ducky returned with a suitcase full of mementoes from his journey to 20 different countries and numerous cities across the United States.
Jennifer Troiano says she hopes the abductor’s identity remains a mystery.
Alaska Restaurant Serving Elk Fined For Calling It Reindeer
Anchorage, AK (AP) This might be an only-in-Alaska problem: A restaurant in Fairbanks that has told customers since 2013 it was serving reindeer tenderloin was actually giving them elk.
And now The Pump House has been fined $50,000 by the state for mislabeling the meat.
The parent company of the restaurant agreed to pay the criminal fine, donate $10,532 to three non-profit food groups and publicly apologize.
Restaurant co-owner Vivian Bubbel (buh-BEL) says an advertisement with the apology ran Saturday in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She says the restaurant would have no additional comment.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation investigated. An employee reported the restaurant had not served reindeer in the years he worked there and the restaurant manager confirmed the use of elk.
The menu described reindeer tenderloin as “similar to caribou and raised in Western Alaska where they are harvested by the Native people.”
The meat actually came from elk in New Zealand.