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May 23, 2019

CONNECTICUT POLICE TRY TO REEL IN FUGITIVE WITH SOCIAL MEDIA “LIKES”

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It’s an offer that is raising both eyebrows _ and concern. Police in Torrington, Connecticut say they have struck a deal with a fugitive that would see him turn himself in _ if enough people respond with “likes” to his wanted poster on social media. Authorities in the town of Torrington made the offer to 29-year-old Jose Simms, who faces seven arrest warrants on charges ranging from breach of peace to risk of injury to a child. Police say Sims reached out to them and agreed to surrender if the Facebook post with his poster gets 15,000 likes. While the back-and-fourth is interesting, one expert calls it unethical. Maki Haberfeld of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice says authorities have no business doing deals with suspects, much less ones involving Facebook likes.

KITTEN RESCUED FROM STORM DRAIN

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — You’ve heard of kittens being stuck up a tree. This time, the kitten in need of rescue was found in a storm drain. A woman working in Cupertino, California says she was walking past a storm drain when she heard meowing _ and looked down to see a kitten at the bottom of the drain. Members of the San Jose Fire Department lifted the heavy metal grating covering the drain _ and jumped in to rescue the cat. The orange and white calico was examined and fed _ and will be held at an animal shelter with a view to having it adopted.

SEA DRAGONS DRAW VISITORS TO CALIFORNIA AQUARIUM

LA JOLLA, California (AP) — It’s probably one of the most interesting sea creatures you’ll ever see. And at an aquarium in La Jolla, California, a lot of people have been drawn to an exhibit featuring the leafy sea dragon. It’s an aquatic kin to the sea horse. But when you look at it, it resembles a bunch of kelp _ because its appendages look more like leaves than arms and legs. The Birch Aquarium at the University of California San Diego hopes to breed the leafy sea dragon, which is native to the waters off Australia. Leafy sea dragon populations are threatened by pollution, warming oceans _ and by harvesting by illegal pet and alternative medicine trades.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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