HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) —- It’s not quite an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, but for Samuel Gillis Hogan, it’s the next best thing. After a lifelong passion for the supernatural, Gillis Hogan of Wolfville, Nova Scotia has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to study the history of magic at an English university. As this year’s recipient of the Rothermere Fellowship — valued at roughly $29,000 per year for living expenses, plus university and travel fees — Gillis Hogan will be heading to the University of Exeter in September to pursue a PhD in the bewitching subject. He’ll be studying late medieval and early modern manuscripts containing instructions on how to summon fairy spirits: a subject which he said doesn’t get a lot of attention in the world of magic academia. He said part of his thesis will be spent on nailing down what exactly a fairy is, because people in the middle ages imagined them differently than we do. He hopes to eventually become a professor in the subject.
CHIEF DONUT OFFICER
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — There are a great many career paths to be chosen in 2018. But for this Connecticut woman, “chief donut officer” is the dream. Thirty-seven-year-old Gina Nero of Wallingford is one of the five finalists vying for the title in a contest by famed baker Entenmann’s. The 120-year-old company is selecting one person to receive the honorary title, doughnut company gear, $5,000 and a year’s supply of the company’s doughnuts. The Stamford Advocate reports Nero, a freelance writer, found the opportunity online. She says, “This is sort of a nostalgia thing for me.” Nero’s grandparents used to buy the company’s baked goods often. The public will have a chance to vote for their favorite candidate on the Entenmann’s website until Aug 7. There were more than 23,000 initial entries.
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) —A bear that got caught in a storm drain for about an hour has been freed by authorities. Colorado Springs Utilities workers and Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region workers arrived to the residential area to work out a strategy to get the bruin out. They didn’t want to handle it because they would have to tag it, and it would be euthanized if tagged again. Wildlife officials harassed the bear by firing a non-lethal rubber slug while utility workers opened a manhole. The bear, estimated to be about 250 pounds, climbed out and was chased away.
ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico police officers are joining a lip-sync challenge aimed at boosting the profiles of their agencies to recruit new officers and to showcase their musical talents. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Espanola Police Department’s video, released earlier this month, features several officers lip-syncing and dancing to 1975′s “Low Rider” by the funk band War while surrounded by lowriders. In the video, Espanola Police Chief Louis Carlos and Deputy Chief Roger Jimenez say the challenge could give the department an opportunity to show its human side. The police department says most of the response to the video has been positive. The video came out just in time for the city’s Lowrider Day, which celebrates lowrider culture. Police departments from Seattle to Texas have also participated in the challenge.
MIGHTY MOUSE RETURNED
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita artist says he’s elated that a sculpture of Mighty Mouse that was stolen from his home has been returned. Christopher Gulick says the 200-pound wooden sculpture was taken from his front porch Wednesday. Another artist gave him the sculpture more than 20 years ago. KSNW-TV reports a Wichita resident called police after discovering the mouse in his yard Sunday. Gulick says he’s glad to have Mighty Mouse back but he will have to do some work to repair parts that were damaged. Gulick said someone made a poor choice in stealing the sculpture but he’s grateful to the man who called police when he found it.
FIREFIGHTERS SAVE SEA TURTLES
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in South Florida rescued three baby sea turtles that had been trapped in a storm drain. News outlets report that a good Samaritan noticed the newly hatched sea turtles Saturday evening in a Deerfield Beach grated storm drain across the street from the shore. Broward County Sheriff’s Office firefighters collected the three wayward hatchlings in a bucket and returned them to the ocean. In a statement, Battalion Chief and Public Information Officer Michael B. Kane said the firefighters wish the hatchlings a “safe, long and healthy life.” The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says sea turtle nesting season generally lasts from May to October.