TOP MUELLER LIEUTENANT GETS JURY DUTY IN NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — In the legal world, it would be the difference between playing in the NBA Finals, then taking the court for a three-on-three game in a rickety, drafty high school gym. One of Robert Mueller’s top lieutenants in the special counsel’s probe of President Donald Trump has had a jarring reminder of his recent return to private life. Andrew Weissmann ended up getting picked for a New York City jury at a civil trial in a slip-and-fall case. He was tasked with sifting through the evidence in a case in which a woman sued a food market where she fell on a wet floor. While some might think judging a slip-and-fall case is a real come-down, Weissmann sees it as a step up. He says he always wanted to be on a jury _ but “never thought in a lifetime” that he’d be picked. The woman who sued no doubt is happy he got picked, too; the panel awarded her $50,000, though that was far less than she sought.
BIRD DISRUPTS SOCCER IN NEW JERSEY
TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — You may know a birdie in golf is a good thing. But a birdie in soccer can cause problems. Especially when the birdie is an actual bird. The Record newspaper in Teaneck, New Jersey says a killdeer that laid eggs on a soccer pitch has kicked several teams to other fields. The paper says the bird created a nest on a patch of synthetic grass in Votee Park about two weeks ago _ not far from one of the goals. To protect the eggs, public works employees have cordoned off the nest with traffic cones and yellow caution tape. Officials say it could take up to two months for the eggs to hatch and for the chicks to vacate the nest _ giving the soccer players their field back. In case you were wondering, killdeer aren’t a threatened species _ but are under laws that protect them.
GATOR ON AIR FORCE RUNWAY
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Staffers at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to bring in the heavy gear to help clear a runway this week. They used a front-end loader to remove an alligator that decided to lounge on a takeoff and landing strip at MacDill Air Force Base. A wildlife manager helped orchestrate the gator’s removal, having it scooped into the bucket of the loader. The base ended up sharing a photo of the reptile on Facebook, along with a caption saying the gator was “just preparing for take-off.” A base spokesman says alligator sightings are common around the base, which is located on Tampa Bay.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II