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August 7, 2018


COLON, Mich. (AP) — It’s a high-tech service, offered in a decidedly low-tech style. A TV station in Michigan reports a man has launched what he calls “Amish Uber.” It’s a horse-and-buggy ride-hailing service. Timothy Hochstedler offers $5 rides in his horse-drawn buggy around the St. Joseph County community of Colon. The service lacks something Uber or Lyft have: an app to request a ride. No worries. Hochstedler says would-be customers need to wait for it to pass by — and hail a ride.


SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) — You’re used to hearing about school mascots starting a rally? Here’s a story about a mascot that helped end a wedding. Last month, the Siberian Husky that serves as mascot for the University of Connecticut was pressed into service as the assistant ring bearer for two university alumni. The mascot, Jonathan XIV carried the ring box on his collar as he walked up the aisle. Daniel and Holly Bronko even included the Huskies’ mascot in some of the official posts.


ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Go jump in a lake. It’s a phrase used as an insult. But authorities say it was also an ill-fated escape strategy for a robbery suspect. WCAX-TV in Vermont reports police ran across 38-year-old Stephen Salyer on Saturday while looking for the suspect in the armed robbery of a gas station. The clerk noticed the suspect wore an ankle monitor — and police traced it to a car driven by Salyer. They say Salyer led police on a 20-mile chase — one that ended when he drove onto a dock and into Lake Champlain. Police say Salyer left the car and tried to swim away — but was captured at a nearby dock. He faces several charges.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Imagine a baseball team getting no hits and no walks an entire game — and still managing to win. It happened last night in Tampa, Florida as the Clearwater Threshers beat a New York Yankees minor league club. The game was scoreless through its scheduled seven innings. Then, under new rules that stick a runner at second base to begin extra innings, the Threshers were able to win. After the runner stationed on second moved to third on an error, he scored two batters later, on a groundout. Worried about having to sit through something like that on the major league level? Relax. While the extra-innings rule is part of major league baseball’s effort to speed up games, Commissioner Rob Manfred says it’s unlikely to be used in the majors.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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