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January 22, 2018

DOUGHNUT EATER-ARRESTED AGAIN

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who made headlines when he was caught for break-ins after winning a doughnut-eating contest has been arrested again. And this time he’s accused of stealing from a doughnut shop. The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports 27-year-old Bradley Hardison of Elizabeth City was charged late last week with stealing from a Dunkin’ Donuts in November. An Elizabeth City Police Department statement says he’s charged with felonies including breaking and entering and larceny. It wasn’t clear if he helped himself to any doughnuts. The Virginian-Pilot reported that in 2014, Hardison won a doughnut-eating contest put on by Elizabeth City police while he was wanted on suspicion of several break-ins.

POO PUNISHMENT

UNDATED (AP) — Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart’s wife says he has an interesting way to get his kids to clean up after their dog. Model Penny Lancaster, lifted the lid on Sir Rod’s parenting, ahead of her new Family Life column for the Daily Mail. She told the publication’s Life magazine: “If the girls bring their dogs into the house and they don’t clean up after them, he has been known to put the poo under their car seats. Rod obsesses about keeping the house in order.”

STUNNING COLD -TURTLES

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - More than 1,000 sea turtles stunned by unusually cold weather have been rescued from waters off Florida’s Panhandle this month. An expert says the temperatures have been stunning them. She says at least a thousand of them have turned up in Tampa Bay since the cold snap began. The expert says a lot of the stunned animals are juvenile green turtles, along with some Kemp’s ridleys, one hawksbill and a few loggerheads. Kemp’s and hawksbills are listed as endangered species. The reptiles are cold-blooded, which means they slow down when it gets cold. But when temperatures drop below 50 degrees the turtles become unable to swim or lift their heads above the water to breathe, and they could actually drown. So volunteers pluck the turtles from the water or shore, and send them to Gulf World Marine Park for rehabilitation.

COLLEGE VULTURE BUZZ-OFF

GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio liberal arts college is hanging effigies in trees and using pyrotechnics to move destructive vultures off campus. The Columbus Dispatch reports vultures caused at least $50,000 damage at Denison University last year by picking at roof membranes and at caulking around vents. Vulture droppings left around air-handling units have created stinky health hazards. Initial efforts to scare off the birds appear to be working. A wildlife biologist says vulture effigies hung by the U.S. Department of Agriculture send danger signals. But officials in the town down want them ending up there. So they’re telling residents to bang pots and pans to scare them off

T-REX ROCKS

UNDATED (AP) — His name means “king of the tyrant lizards”, but sometimes Tyrannosaurus rex just wants to party. Make that many T. rexes. Hundreds of curious people descended on Portland’s Monument Square to observe a gathering of dinosaur lovers dressed as the science museum staple. Dozens of T. rexes danced, growled and milled around. One who struggled to navigate his costume walked around with his head protruding awkwardly from the dinosaur’s gaping mouth. Valerie Sanborn and Alison Cyr set up the Cretaceous Period party through Facebook.

DOG GONE

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) —Hundreds of people turned out to salute a speedy border collie that became an internet sensation for keeping a northern Michigan airport free of wildlife. People lined up to get inside City Opera House in Traverse City for a memorial service for Piper. The nine-year-old dog was put down on January 3 after battling prostate cancer. Piper was a wildlife control canine at Cherry Capital Airport - the nemesis of geese, ducks and even snowy owls. His owner says there is “no book on how to be an airport canine,” adding it took “hard work”. Images of Piper on the job, wearing his airport vest, ear muffs and goggles, made their way online making him a top hit.