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July 30, 2018

PHILADELPHIA-TRANSFORMING LITTER

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has been trying for decades to tackle its litter problem and shed itself of the nickname Filthadelphia. In June, the city and a number of citizen groups tackled one small piece of the big litter puzzle: the posting of illegal signs. Citizens collected over 8,500 signs from around the city in the action billed as the Bandit Signs Brigade. Nic Esposito is director of the City’s Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet. He says such signs often end up as litter, and a littered community is bad for residents and bad for business. The city is working with an arts group called Trash Academy to transform the signs into something useful.

HOMELESS HERO-RIVER RESCUE

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a homeless man rescued a woman who had jumped from a bridge near downtown Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota police say the woman jumped from the Washington Avenue bridge around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Star Tribune reports that a homeless man camping under the bridge heard the woman fall and leaped into the water to rescue her. University police say the woman survived the plunge. She was taken to a hospital for treatment and evaluation. Minneapolis firefighters who also answered the call offered the man shelter for the night. But he declined and returned to the camp.

SCOOTER-PHONE HEADLIGHT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a man traveled from Massachusetts to Maine on a scooter using only his cell phone as a headlight. Maine State Police posted a photo and description of the incident on Instagram on Sunday. Police say a trooper stopped the motorized scooter on the Maine Turnpike in Kittery just before 1:30 a.m. Friday. The 26-year-old driver said he had traveled from New Bedford, Massachusetts. He did not have a valid driver’s license, and the scooter wasn’t registered. Police are reminding drivers that mopeds and motorized scooters are not allowed on the Maine Turnpike.

PHONE STORE CRASH

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 74-year-old man ranting about a broken phone drove his car through the glass storefront of a Verizon Wireless store in North Carolina. A police statement says Charles Michael Hager was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and damaging property after he drove into the store at a busy shopping center late last week. In a 911 recording, an unidentified caller says Hager had come to the store after it closed demanding that they fix his phone. The caller says Hager said the store needed to reopen. A police news release says he first kicked the door, shattering glass, then drove his car through the storefront. No one was injured.

LOBSTER DAY

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration. They’ve introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25 as National Lobster Day to honor the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters. The resolution is being led by Maine’s U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, who say it honors not only the lobsters but also the people who harvest, ship and cook them. Rhode Island’s U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says he expects the full Senate to again unanimously approve it as a fun, tasty way to honor lobstermen and their catch. Maine led the nation in American lobster landings in 2016 with 132 million pounds valued at nearly $540 million, followed by Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

NO POLICE CHIEF

PALMETTO, La. (AP) — A small Louisiana town is trying to figure out what to do after no one volunteered to run for police chief. KATC-TV reports that the police chief in Palmetto, a village of about 170 people, moved away so he can’t run for re-election. But no one threw their hat in the ring to run for the job in the recent qualifying period. Alderman Guyton Budden tells the station he and others put the word out about the job through social media and talking to folks but “nobody’s interested.” Budden says the board of Alderman is looking at other options such as asking the sheriff’s office to patrol or seeing whether they can appoint a police chief. The issue will be discussed during the next town meeting on Aug. 13.

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