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October 8, 2018

DRIVING TEACHER-DWI

RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a Long Island driving instructor has been arrested on drunken-driving charges after he drove off without his students and rear-ended another car.

Suffolk County police say 58-year-old Russell Cohen was instructing four students from Suffolk Auto Driving School on Saturday when they grew suspicious that he was intoxicated.

The students asked Cohen to stop at a McDonald’s at about 11 a.m. They got out and called 911.

Police say Cohen drove away without the students and rear-ended another car on Route 25 in Ridge.

The driver of the car Cohen hit was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Cohen was arrested on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child. It’s not clear if he has an attorney who can speak for him.

FUNERAL HOMES STOCK OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE

BALTIMORE (AP) — Funeral directors in Maryland are increasingly concerned their employees could be exposed to opioids. That’s why some are stocking naloxone, the medication the reverses the effects of an overdose.

The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that funeral directors are calling themselves the “last responders” to the opioid epidemic. The concern is that employees could come into contact with opioids on a dead person’s body or the clothes of a mourner.

Synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanyl can be deadly, even in quantities as small as a grain of salt when inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

The National Funeral Directors Association is recommending members to prepare for the possibility that someone could suffer from exposure. The association has said that members should recognize overdose symptoms and train staff to administer naloxone

STADIUM-LYNCHING SITE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A historian says the Carolina Panthers home stadium is the site of an early 20th Century lynching.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that the lynching occurred in 1913 where the Bank of America Stadium now stands in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A 19-year-old black laborer named Joe McNeely was dragged from Good Samaritan Hospital and shot to death by a white mob. A lynching does not have to be a hanging. It’s defined as killing someone without a legal trial.

Historian Michael Moore said the shooting occurred near the stadium’s 20-yard line. It was Mecklenburg County’s first documented lynching.

McNeely reportedly had been in a gunfight with a police officer before being taken to the hospital. Moore said the white mob’s shooting of McNeely was an act of “racial terror.”

VENOMOUS SPIDER-OREGON

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — The types of venomous spiders residing in Oregon have doubled.

State officials confirm that a brown widow spider — usually found in South Africa, Florida and Southern California — has recently been found living in Oregon City, in the northwestern part of the state.

It’s not clear how it arrived or if there are more.

Tom Valente of the Oregon Department of Agriculture tells The Oregonian/OregonLive there’s no reason to panic, but residents should be cautious.

State officials want residents to search their homes and other areas for brown widows. The spiders are brown and have a distinctive orange hourglass on the underside of their abdomen.

Oregon already has black widow spiders. Bites from either spider can cause fever and muscle spasms.

Valente says brown widows are subtropical and that Oregon’s cold weather will likely kill them.

MILITARY FAMILY MOVES

UNDATED (AP) —Military families are complaining that this year’s base transfers are the worst in memory as movers are destroying, damaging, losing and stealing their household goods.

Numerous service families told The Associated Press stories of theft, carelessness and frustration during 2018 transfers, which are done by private companies hired by the military. Nearly 100,000 military members and supporters have signed an online petition demanding improvement to a system that costs taxpayers $2.2 billion annually.

The military has no exact statistics on problem moves but says surveys show a slight drop in service members’ satisfaction this year.

Pentagon spokeswoman Maj. Carla Gleason said the problems are caused by a nationwide shortage of truck drivers and a low unemployment rate that has “made it very difficult for providers to find quality labor.”

JOHN GLENN-HOME SOLD

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The suburban Maryland home of the late John Glenn has been sold for $1.3 million.

WTOP in Washington reported Saturday that the dwelling that belonged to the former astronaut and U.S. Senator from Ohio had been on the market for five months.

The Bethesda house sold at the end of August. It was custom built for John Glenn and his wife in the 1990s. It’s said to have some of the best views in the area. It overlooks the 11th hole of a golf course.

Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1974 to 1999. He died at age 95 in 2016.

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