CANADIAN CRABS INVADE
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Crabby Canadians? It hardly fits the image most have of our neighbors to the north. But some researchers in New England say a batch of Canadian crabs are proving to be a bit ornerier than their American kin. The Canadian green crabs are the same species as the U.S. brand of the crustaceans — and they look alike. But it seems the ones from the north are a little feistier. For example, instead of shrinking back from a possible fight, the Canadian crabs throw up their claws — and prepare for battle. One researcher says it’s more than just attitude. He fears the invaders may speed up harm to the coastal ecosystem by eating up soft-shell clams and destroying native grasses.
MOUNTAIN LION - MOTEL
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Maybe he saw the “NO VACANCY” sign was lit? In Colorado, a mountain lion has been spotted dashing up to the doorstep of a motel office — only to turn around and wander away. Colorado wildlife officials say it happened Sept. 9 when the beast approached the Foot of the Mountain Motel in Boulder. After edging toward the open doorway, he decided to edge away. It’s unclear why — though a wildlife division spokesman says the lion apparently spotted some motel guests with a dog on a leash and decided to move on. No one was hurt.
COURTHOUSE - BEDBUGS
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Usually you don’t think of a courthouse as a comfortable place to grab a nap. But union workers say a Rhode Island courthouse is even less comfortable these days — because of bedbugs. The Providence Journal reports the union representing court clerks and deputy sheriffs wants officials to close the Garrahy Judicial Complex — and move workers to other facilities. They say bedbugs have been found on the third and fifth floors. The union says two workers have refused to come in to work this week — and others say they want to stay away, too. A court official says the fifth floor was treated for bedbugs — and two public benches were removed. He also says the other floors have been cleared of bedbugs and other pests.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II