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August 17, 2018

BEAR FREED FROM CAR WINDOW

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — How do you get a bear out of a car? Very carefully, as a Northern California sheriff’s deputy has shown. The deputy fired several beanbag rounds into a car’s back window to free a trapped bear that had wandered in, seeking food. A spokesman for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s department says officers were called after the bear was seen rummaging through a Honda Civic in South Lake Tahoe. The deputy says he considered breaking out the back window but reconsidered when he realized he’d be close to the bear. Instead, the deputy fired beanbags at the window. Once it broke, the bear hopped out and hightailed it back into the woods. The sheriff’s office has posted on Facebook to remind people that bears can open doors.

LOVE ON AN ELEVATOR

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For most people, an elevator ride wouldn’t register on a list of accomplishments in a day. But Eric Schlesinger says an elevator ride changed his life. That’s because Schlesinger met his future wife on an elevator. It happened Sept. 6, 1972, when he was operating the lift — and Sharyn Rubin was moving into a dorm at Temple University. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports a few days later, Rubin encountered Schlesinger again and said, “Hi, Mr. Elevator Man.” The two began a 45-year-old relationship that included marriage. But it ended when Rubin died of cancer last year. To memorialize the relationship, the elevator is being named after Shari Rubin Schlesinger today. And her now-famous line, “Hi, Mr. Elevator Man” is now affixed to the elevator.

PAUL MANAFORT SIGN IN CONNECTICUT ALTERED

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — When you think of Paul Manafort, who comes to mind? For most, it’s the former Donald Trump campaign manager on trial for financial fraud. In New Britain, Connecticut there is a sign for a street named Paul Manafort Drive — but it’s for the former three-time mayor, not his son. The current mayor of New Britain has tweaked the sign so it reads Paul Manafort Sr. Drive. The Hartford Courant says the move was made this week to make sure it’s clear who’s being honored. Some residents were irked because they thought the street sign was for the embattled former Trump campaign head.

BEER OFFERED, POTENTIAL SUICIDE AVOIDED

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Beer can save a life. Just ask two Minnesota beer deliverymen who were able to urge a suicidal man to come off a bridge — by offering him a Coors Light. It happened Wednesday in St. Paul, where the drivers saw a man clinging to an interstate bridge. They asked if he was OK; it turns out he wasn’t. Driver Kwame Anderson tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press he borrowed negotiation tactics Denzel Washington used in the movie “Inside Man” — trying to build a rapport with the distraught person. Anderson says he offered to talk with the man about his troubles over a beer. Police say the man slowly inched his way to safety.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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