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September 26, 2018

EEL REMOVED FROM BODY OF SEA TURTLE

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A veterinarian has removed a 2-foot-long eel from the body cavity of a loggerhead sea turtle in the Florida Keys.

Dr. Brooke Burkhalter needed three hours yesterday to complete the unusual procedure to remove the gold-spotted eel from Shelmore, a sub-adult turtle who had been rescued Sept. 18 off Islamorada by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Turtle Hospital officials don’t understand why the turtle consumed the eel, as it is not a normal part of its diet. They also likened the incident to a fictional horror movie, saying that the eel had eaten through the turtle’s intestinal tract, before its death, to get to the body cavity.

Hospital officials listed the turtle’s condition as critical Tuesday afternoon.

VIRGINA PRISONS SUSPEND NEW POLICY BARRING TAMPONS

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is suspending a new policy that would have barred women who visit inmates at state prisons from wearing tampons or a menstrual cup.

Secretary of Public and Homeland Security Safety Brian Moran said he has ordered an “immediate suspension until further review.”

State prison officials recently announced they were set to implement the policy next month to prevent contraband from being smuggled into prisons.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Kinney previously said the agency planned to offer pads to women who wear tampons while visiting a prison.

Inmate advocates sharply criticized the policy, saying it violates the privacy rights of female visitors.

U-MISS DONOR - RACISM

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi is trying to speed up the process of removing a donor’s name from its journalism school after his Facebook post that drew backlash as being racist.

Ed Meek last week requested his name be removed from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. He did so days after posting photos of two black women in short dresses and suggesting that they exemplify problems that could cause declining property values.

The women were Ole Miss students who had dressed up after a football game. Both said his post was offensive.

Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter says Tuesday that campus councils will ask the state College Board to remove Meek’s name from the journalism school, where Meek and his wife donated $5.3 million in 2009.

MOM PLEADS GUILTY IN DEATH OF TWO TODDLERS LEFT IN HOT CAR

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 20-year-old Texas mother whose two toddlers died after they were left for hours inside a hot vehicle has pleaded guilty.

The Kerrville Daily Times reports Amanda Kristene Hawkins pleaded guilty Monday in Kerrville to two counts each of child abandonment child endangerment and injury to a child in the June 2017 deaths of her two daughters.

Hawkins could receive up to 20 years in prison for each count when she’s sentenced Dec. 12.

Investigators believe Hawkins intentionally left 1-year-old Brynn Hawkins and 2-year-old Addyson Overgard-Eddy in her vehicle through the night and into the following day while she visited friends. Temperatures reached the 80s while the girls were in the car.

MAX SCHERZER REACHES 300 K’S FOR SEASON

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer has become the 17th major league pitcher since 1900 to strike out at least 300 batters in a season.

Scherzer reached the milestone by getting Austin Dean of the Miami Marlins to whiff on an 85 mph slider for the second out of the seventh inning Tuesday night. That was Scherzer’s 10th K of the game.

He has 10 strikeouts or more in a majors-high 18 of his 33 starts in 2018.

Scherzer entered Tuesday 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA as he tries to earn a third consecutive NL Cy Young Award with Washington. He also won the AL honor in 2013 for the Detroit Tigers.

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