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May 17, 2018

A DOCTOR ON BOARD

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When the call went out for a doctor on board, the U.S. surgeon general says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight. Dr. Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist, says he assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Mississippi. Adams tweeted that a call went out requesting a doctor. A Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman says a person lost consciousness when the plane was on the ground in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Adams and two nurses responded. The patient woke up and was sent to a hospital. Adams says the patient doing well and, like a good public health service doctor, he was happy to assist.

CREEK CRASH RESCUE

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A sheriff’s sergeant didn’t expect while running errands at work to save four people from a car that had crashed in a Wichita creek, but he says he’s happy he did. The Wichita Eagle reports that Sedgwick County Sgt. Clayton Barth was driving Tuesday toward Southeast High School when he saw people running across the street. He says he drove closer to eventually find a car about halfway underwater in a creek behind the Parklane Shopping Center in Wichita. A video posted to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page says Barth saw children in the back seat and “immediately emptied out his pockets and jumped into the water to help them.”

FITZGERALD HOUSE-AIRBNB

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Here’s an unusual Airbnb: an apartment upstairs from a museum devoted to F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of “The Great Gatsby,” and his wife Zelda. The museum is located in Zelda’s hometown, Montgomery, Alabama, in a historic house where the couple lived in the 1930s. A record player and jazz albums help set the mood in the apartment, which is also used for writers’ residencies. The apartment can be rented for $150 a night. Downstairs, museum displays include Zelda’s paintings and other artifacts and exhibits about the famous Jazz Age couple. They met in a Montgomery country club while F. Scott Fitzgerald was stationed on a nearby military base. While living in the house, F. Scott worked on “Tender Is the Night” and Zelda worked on her novel, “Save Me the Waltz.”

NORMAN ROCKWELL BLOWBACK

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Norman Rockwell painting at the center of a contentious legal dispute over a Massachusetts museum’s decision to sell it soon will be available for public viewing again. The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, announced Wednesday that “Shuffleton’s Barbershop” will go on display there beginning June 9. The painting was one of two Rockwell works the Berkshire Museum in nearby Pittsfield said it needed to sell to stay afloat. The sale was challenged in court, and in a deal reached with the help of the state attorney general’s office, it was sold to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles for an undisclosed price. The deal ensured that “Shuffleton’s Barbershop” will remain on display in Stockbridge until 2020. The work was expected to get as much as $30 million at auction.

ED BRADLEY MURAL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ed Bradley, the award-winning television journalist who broke racial barriers at CBS News, is being honored in his hometown of Philadelphia with a mural. Mural Arts Philadelphia says it will dedicate the work Saturday in the west Philadelphia neighborhood where Bradley grew up. It was designed by artist Ernel Martinez and depicts the journalist surrounded by images from his career. Schoolchildren helped paint the panels, which were created on squares of parachute cloth. Bradley died of leukemia in 2006 at age 65. He created a distinctive, powerful body of work during his 26 years on “60 Minutes.” In 1976 he became CBS’ first black White House correspondent.

DON’T REPO FIDO

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Can’t afford that $1,000 purebred puppy? Want to pay it off in installments? New York lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to ban the option of leasing plans for pets that often come with terms that end up charging people double the animal’s cost, with the threat of repossession if they can’t keep up with the payments. The practice has been drawing scrutiny from lawmakers and animal welfare groups since media reports last year highlighted customer complaints against Wags Lending, which pioneered pet leasing. Democratic Assemblyman Matthew Titone says his bill would end what he calls a predatory practice that preys on people who cannot always afford a companion animal

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