DISNEY-DRAGON FLOAT FIRE
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Dragons and fire — not unusual. A dragon on fire? That’s really something special. A float depicting Maleficent the dragon from the “Sleeping Beauty” movie and a follow up film named after the fire-breathing creature caught fire during a parade at Walt Disney World late last week. ABC News reports that the fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured.
ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) —The smell of two dozen cupcakes in a baker’s car was too much for a black bear in New Jersey. The bear smashed a window and left only smeared icing and a paw print behind. Christine Allen told The Record the bear ate every single chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cupcake that she had made for a large order. Rockaway Township police spokesman Peter Reilly said it looks like the bear has done some other damage in the area. Police have notified wildlife officials.
TROY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law into her own paws. A cat named “Pawfficer Donut” has been sworn in by a judge, a day after a cat named Badges was removed from the Troy Police Department due to a serious illness. Donut will be used for therapeutic purposes and public appearances. Troy police say Badges will always be considered the department’s first “pawfficer.” Troy police pledged to add a cat if it could reach 10,000 Twitter followers by April. It took just eight days to go from 4,000 to 10,000.
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) —A man in Iowa said his dog shot him. Fifty-one-year old Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge, told police he was playing with his dog, Balew, on the couch and pushed the dog off his lap. He said when the pit bull-Labrador mix bounded back up, he must have disabled the safety catch on the gun in his holster and stepped on the trigger. The gun fired, striking one of Remmein’s legs . He was treated at a hospital and released.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —A mummified monkey that was found in the air ducts of a former department store in Minneapolis is going on display. The Science Museum of Minnesota plans to display the monkey in its St. Paul lobby. The remains were discovered last month in the air ducts of what used to be the flagship shop for the Dayton’s department store chain. That chain was owned by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s family. Well, Dayton recalled working at the store in the 1960s when one of the floors was transformed into a rainforest display, complete with live monkeys and birds. He said one monkey got loose and scurried into an air duct. It was not seen again. Not until recently, anyway.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — A book nearly five decades overdue has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library. The copy of Eldridge Cleaver’s memoir “Soul On Ice” was due back at the Eureka Valley branch Dec. 9, 1970, making it 47 years, four months and 29 days late. The library’s late fee would’ve been $1,731.70 if it didn’t cap the fine at $10.01. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the paperback’s cover is detached from its spine and there’s a hole in the title page. Branch manager Anne Vannucchi told the Chronicle last week she’d like to know who the library patron is so she can get the story behind the returned book. A man at another branch last year returned his great-grandmother’s book titled “Forty Minutes Late” — but it was more than 100 years late.