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AM-Prep: Kickers

February 15, 2019


EL PASO, Texas (AP) — There are some folks who had people buy dinner for them for Valentine’s Day. But it wasn’t the kind of thing that created a warm and fuzzy feeling. More like a creepy crawly one. That’s because the El Paso Zoo ran a promotion called “Quit Bugging Me.” It let people name cockroaches after ex-spouses, former lovers or anyone else who, well, “bugs” them. And yesterday, those bugs were fed to various zoo animals. Not surprisingly, the promotion was quite popular. Zoo officials say they got so many requests to feed ex-spouses, lovers or others who irked to animals yesterday — they had to shut down the promotion early.


NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man who took a nap in his car ended up on a wild ride — when his vehicle was stolen with him inside. Police say musician Justin Koerner of Newark (noo-ARK’) decided to catch some z’s in his car. As he slept, he says he had a dream that someone had jumped into his front seat. It was no dream. Police say someone did jump in the front seat and made off with the car. Once the car thief realized he had an unwitting passenger, he bailed — and the car crashed. Eventually police pieced together what happened when a neighbor of Koerner turned up security footage of the incident.


WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — Everyone knows what wild bears do in the woods. But what on earth was a bear doing on the back of a garbage truck in North Carolina? It appears in this case, the answer — was trying to grab a meal. Drivers along U.S. Route 17 on Wednesday were startled to see a bear in the rear of a garbage truck. It appears it climbed into the trash truck during a stop — and became trapped after the driver secured a netting that keeps garbage from blowing out. Eventually, a sheriff’s deputy stopped the truck — with the bear still inside — outside the town of Windsor. The driver, unaware of his stowaway, pulled the net back — and the bear leaped out of the hopper and ran away. The truck went on to the landfill.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II