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August 8, 2018

MAN TRAPPED IN STORM DRAIN

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Fire officials in Arizona say a man who told them he was trapped in a storm drain for two days needed a special operations team to be rescued.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports crews found the man Saturday morning about 30 feet below the ground. Officials believe he crawled into a storm drain on the east side of Flagstaff and fell through a series of drainage tubes.

Flagstaff Fire Department Capt. Todd George says the man had some serious injuries and couldn’t move.

He says the man was found in 6 to 8 inches of standing water left by heavy rains.

The department’s special operations team used a technical rope rescue to hoist the man horizontally out of the ground.

WHITE HOUSE RENOVATIONS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the Oval Office is undergoing “needed renovations” while President Donald Trump is in New Jersey, but a list of repair projects doesn’t include the president’s primary workspace.

According to a list released yesterday by the White House press office, West Wing restrooms will be modernized and wood paneling in the West Wing elevator will be replaced. Renovations to the Navy mess kitchen will address safety issues and prevent water damage.

A six-year modernization of the East Wing’s central air and heating systems is to be completed, along with exterior painting.

A White House spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for details on planned Oval Office renovations.

Work is also planned for the East Room and White House grounds.

Trump returns Monday to the White House.

SUITCASE WITH BONES FOUND OFF MD. BEACH

WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Officials say a couple wading in the water off a Maryland beach bumped into a suitcase containing some bones and burned personal effects.

The Worcester County Sheriff tweeted yesterday that the couple was wading in the water off Homer Gudelsky Park in West Ocean City when they came across the suitcase.

The sheriff’s office says there were personal effects that appeared to be burned and bones inside. Authorities have not yet said what kind of bones they appear to be.

A dive team was called to the scene to remove the suitcase from the water to and determine what else is in it.

DIXIE BEER REVIVED

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly 13 years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed a landmark brewery, plans have been announced for Dixie Beer to be brewed in New Orleans again.

The brand, established in 1907, never left. And it has enjoyed a resurgence since New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson purchased the Dixie Brewing Company last year.

But it has been brewed out of state since the 2005 storm.

Benson’s widow, Gayle Benson, attended a news conference yesterday to announce the brewery will be in eastern New Orleans. She says her husband had intended to return production to New Orleans after purchasing the brand.

Dixie’s old brewery in the city is gone. Part of it, including its distinctive metal dome, was incorporated into a new medical complex.

JERRY REMY - CANCER

TORONTO (AP) — Boston Red Sox television analyst Jerry Remy is again battling cancer.

NESN announced Remy’s latest diagnosis in a statement yesterday. The network says “at this time, Jerry’s focus is on his medical treatment.” He wasn’t part of NESN’s broadcast team for last night’s game against the Blue Jays. The network did not disclose details of Remy’s diagnosis or say how long he might be away.

The 65-year-old former Red Sox second baseman was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, relapsed in 2013 and again twice in 2017. He returned this season for his 31st year doing Boston’s games.

Remy was a longtime smoker and has spoken publicly in favor of regular medical checkups.

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