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August 28, 2018

NEANDERTHALS’ DEMISE LINKED TO CLIMATE SHIFT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study suggests ancient shifts in climate helped our species replace Neanderthals in Europe.

That idea has been proposed before to explain why Neanderthals died out about 40,000 years ago. But the new work presents new results about ancient climate that bolster the claim.

Researchers found evidence of long spells of cold and dry climate when they analyzed data from two caves in Romania. Those spells coincided with the disappearance of Neanderthals and the later appearance of our own species at some other European sites.

Scientists don’t know whether that means the Neanderthals died out at those spots, or just moved away.

The report was released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

BLACK PANTHER’S MICHAEL B JORDAN SURPRISES SCHOOLKIDS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Students from a private school in Alabama’s capital got a surprise visit from actor Michael B. Jordan, who dropped in when he spotted them exercising in the midday heat.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Jordan was in Montgomery on Monday to begin filming “Just Mercy,” which is based on the memoir of attorney and criminal justice advocate Bryan Stevenson.

The “Creed” and “Black Panther” star was instantly recognized when he surprised the 15 students from Valiant Cross Academy.

One asked if he was, indeed, Michael B. Jordan. Another shouted: “You’re from ‘Black Panther’!”

Jordan said in an Instagram post he was driving when he spotted the students doing jumping jacks. He wrote: “The sight of them inspires me & reminds me why I do what I do!”

RAND PAUL’S NEIGHBOR ORDERED TO STAY AWAY

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A judge has ordered U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor to stay away from Paul and his family while a lawsuit is pending.

The Daily News in Bowling Green reports Special Judge Tyler Gill issued a temporary injunction Monday against Rene Boucher (boo-SHAY’). Boucher served 30 days on a federal charge of assaulting a congressman after Paul was tackled outside his house last fall. Paul sued Boucher in state court.

Gill also held Boucher liable for Paul’s injuries in a partial motion for summary judgment.

Boucher is under federal order to have no contact with Paul. Now he must stay at least 200 feet (60 meters) away from the Pauls while Boucher is on his property and at least 50 feet (15 meters) away everywhere else.

Boucher’s lawyer says his client has complied with the federal order.

GURU QUESTION PROMPTS TOM BRADY TO HANG UP ON TALK SHOW

BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cut short his paid, weekly radio interview with Boston radio station WEEI on Monday when a host pressed him with questions about his fitness guru.

Trainer Alex Guerrero has been the source of a rift between Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who reportedly banned the trainer from the team’s sideline and plane. WEEI host Kirk Minihane asked Brady about Guerrero being spotted there the past week, and Brady said, “I said I don’t want to get into it.”

After a follow-up question, Brady said, “All right, guys. Have a great day. I’ll talk to you later.”

Brady also walked out of an interview session with reporters last month when asked about Guerrero, who also worked with receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancers.

DEAD POET LAID TO REST

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The founder of the Dead Poets Society of America has been laid to rest under a special tombstone he commissioned before suffering a fatal heart attack.

The family of Walter Skold read poetry, including some of his works, during the ceremony Monday at Pine Grove Cemetery in Brunswick.

Skold combined humor, history and the macabre in his travels to the gravesites of more than 600 poets after launching the Dead Poets Society in 2008 in Maine.

His ultimate goal, he said, was to draw attention to poetry and poets, especially those bards who were in danger of being forgotten.

He died at 57 in January little more than a month after enlisting the son of novelist John Updike to carve a unique grave marker.

BULLETPROOF VESTS AT GUN CONTROL SCHOOL FASHION SHOW

BOSTON (AP) — Gun control activists in Boston have staged a “back-to-school” fashion show featuring bulletproof vests and other safety gear.

Youths participating in Monday’s mock fashion show on Boston City Hall plaza donned helmets and gas masks as they walked down a catwalk to call for stricter gun laws.

Manuel Oliver, the father of one of the victims of the February massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, said the event was meant to show in “very graphic” terms how dangerous sending children to school has become.

Organizers also hung a large banner with the image of Oliver’s son, Joaquin.

Last week, Oliver and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg marched with local gun control activists 50 miles to the headquarters of gun maker Smith & Wesson in Springfield.

FISH DIE-OFF IN MALIBU LAGOON

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A die-off has left hundreds of fish floating in a recently restored lagoon on the tony Malibu coast.

California State Parks Angeles District Superintendent Craig Sap said Monday that scientists believe the Malibu Lagoon die-off, which began last Wednesday, is likely caused by the unusually warm water temperatures.

But other possibilities include elevated nutrient levels, dropping levels of dissolved oxygen or having too many fish in the lagoon. Officials are taking water samples and fish for testing.

Malibu Lagoon underwent a controversial restoration project in 2013.

Sap says officials improved the ecosystem by providing better oxygen levels and that the number of fish in the lagoon has since increased.

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