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For The Birds: Voter Fraud Ruffles New Zealand 'Bird Of The Year' Competition

November 14, 20208:03 AM ET
Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/14/934749679/for-the-birds-voter-fraud-ruffles-new-zealand-bird-of-the-year-competition

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Evidence of election rigging has roiled New Zealand's "Bird of the Year" competition after a case of ballot-box stuffing has threatened to derail avian democracy.

Suspicion began when organizers received more than 1,500 votes sent from the same email address early Monday — each vote was in favor of the little spotted kiwi (kiwi pukupuku), according to a statement from Forest & Bird, a conservation organization that runs the election.

"That is an amazing bird – it deserves all the support, but unfortunately these votes had to be disallowed and they've been taken out of the competition," Forest & Bird spokeswoman Laura Keown told NPR's Weekend Edition.

The annual event is more than just a bird popularity contest. The conservation group Forest & Bird runs the election-based competition to help raise awareness about New Zealand's native bird species, many of which are endangered.

"I can only assume that people get really excited about New Zealand's native birds," she said, reasoning why someone would want to cheat. "We are a land of birds, and we have some of the most amazing and unique species."

The race isn't over yet — voting closes Sunday — but Keown said the disqualification immediately lifted one species, legitimately, to top billing: the Kakapo, a rare nocturnal bird known for its owlish beak and yellow-green coloring and the only flightless parrot in the world. As of Friday, the Antipodean albatross, a critically endangered seabird, had swooped to the top of the leader board.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, however, threw her support behind the black petrel again this year, Keown reported.

The hihi, also known as the stitchbird, earned an official endorsement from a sex toy retailer. The Adult Toy Megastore extolled the polyamorous bird, which boasts unusually large testicles and engages in face-to-face mating, as a leader "of the sex positivity movement among songbirds."

In an honorable move, the 2019 winner, the yellow-eyed penguin, has decided to sit out this year's competition to let his winged counterparts shine.

Despite the alleged fraud, the littlest kiwi still has a shot at the crown if it picks up enough votes. After all, the underdog species once made a stunning comeback from mainland extinction.

"If you really love the kiwi pukupuku, get out and campaign for them in Bird of the Year. We don't want to see any more cheating," the bird's campaign manager Emma Rawson said in the press release earlier this week. "As [New Zealand's] national emblem, little-spotted kiwi represents New Zealanders' values of democracy, fairness, equality, and honesty."

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I thought Jacinda Ardern would have been a shoe in -Bird of the Year is Big Bird News :mrgreen:
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/bogan-birds-jacinda-ardern-reveals-her-choice-bird-year
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"I was the ambassador for the black petrel (tāiko) some years ago, I didn't manage to get Bird of the Year so I've been rooting for it ever since," she said.

"It's the bogan of the birds."

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The annual light art festival of Eindhoven, GLOW, had to be cancelled this year due to Corona. But to give the residents of Eindhoven something light anyway, two artists were hired by the GLOW organization to make two art projects - one is a blue glow over the city, the other is red weather balloons with LED lights in them all over the city.

One place that would be decorated with balloons is the Jesus-statue on top of the former Paterskerk.

However, the artist overlooked one small detail - that particular statue has a crown of thorns. Within minutes after installing, Jesus had nothing but two strings with a little LED at the end dangling from his arm.

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Chinese teenager breaks Guinness record with 7-foot height

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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A Chinese boy celebrated his 14th birthday by becoming certified as the world's tallest teenager by Guinness World Records.

Ren Keyu of Leshan, Sichuan Province, was measured at three different times in one day while both standing and lying on the ground in accordance with Guinness requirements, and his official height was recorded as 7 feet, 3.02 inches.

Keyu's family said he was seen by multiple doctors when he was younger and none of them could find anything medically amiss about the boy that would explain his unusual height. Keyu said there is likely a hereditary component, as his mother and grandfather are both over 6 feet tall.

The teenager said his height and weight actually makes sports like basketball dangerously strenuous on his body, but he enjoys reading books and playing games and aspires to a career in e-sports.

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Johnny Rotten gets flea bites on groin after keeping squirrels in home
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November 23, 2020 | 12:53am

https://nypost.com/2020/11/23/johnny-rotten-gets-flea-bites-on-groin-after-keeping-squirrels-in-home/

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conic punk singer Johnny Rotten was shrieking a different tune after discovering flea bites on his penis and inner thigh after letting squirrels inside his Los Angeles home, a report said.

“I looked down there this morning at my willy and there’s a f–ing flea bite on it,” the Sex Pistols singer told UK’s Daily Star. “And there’s another one on the inside of my leg.”

Rotten, whose real name is John Lydon, said he became enamored with the furry critters and allowed them to stay in his Venice Beach home. But soon enough, there was anarchy in the LA pad.

“The bites, wow, last night was murder because of it. The itching too. It’s such a poxy thing to get caught out on,” he said.

“The only way around it, because I’m not going to blame the poor little squirrels, is to Vaseline my legs.”

The former frontman has penned a book in which he discusses his relationship with the rodents and even talks about how he orders bags of unsalted peanuts to feed them.

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Johnny Rotten gets flea bites on groin after keeping squirrels in home

this just in... squirrels love rotten('s) nuts!

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Wisconsin Department of Health warns against eating the 'cannibal sandwich,' a traditional holiday dish in the state
By Marika Gerken, CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/14/us/cannibal-sandwich-wisconsin-trnd/index.html

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A 'cannibal sandwich,' is typically served at holiday parties and other festive gatherings in the Badger State.

CNN)Wisconsin residents are being urged by health officials to pass on eating a traditional holiday dish this year to avoid getting sick.
A "cannibal sandwich," considered a holiday favorite in the state, consists of raw ground beef on bread with sliced onions, salt and pepper.
But, "eating raw meat is NEVER recommended because of the bacteria it can contain," the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) said in a tweet on Saturday.
DHS, which said it issues this reminder annually, elaborated on its warning in another social media post.

"Time for our annual reminder that there's one #holiday tradition you need to pass on: raw meat sandwiches, sometimes called Tiger Meat or Cannibal Sandwiches," the state health department wrote on Facebook.

"Many Wisconsin families consider them to be a holiday tradition, but eating them poses a threat for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter and Listeria bacteria that can make you sick. (And, no, it doesn't matter where you buy your beef!)."

Ground beef should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, health officials added.
There are "hundreds of people in the Midwest who are sickened after eating cannibal sandwiches" each holiday season, the US Department of Agriculture said in a blog post in 2018.

There have been eight raw meat-related outbreaks in Wisconsin since 1986, including a salmonella outbreak affecting more than 150 people in December 1994, according to the Wisconsin DHS website.

"It is important to know that eating these types of foods is not without risks," the website states.

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Maryland governor declares Santa exempt from testing, quarantine rules

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an order Thursday declaring that Santa Claus, his elves and reindeer are exempt from traveler testing and quarantine requirements.

The order only applies to the real Santa Claus and not to his related associates, including Mall Santas.

Logan noted that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said Santa Claus “has a lot of good innate immunity” from COVID-19;

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Video shows raccoon discovered in Christmas tree leap onto chandelier
https://abc7.com/pets-animals/raccoon-discovered-in-christmas-tree-leaps-onto-chandelier/8979348/

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 4:10PM

Chaos unfolded in the middle of the night when a raccoon hiding in a Christmas tree took down the tree before leaping onto a dining room chandelier.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Chaos unfolded inside a woman's home when what she thought was a cat in her Christmas tree turned out to be a raccoon.

Aubrey Iacobelli's video shows her trying to coax the creature out of the tree at around 4:30 a.m. Dec. 10, using a pan and then some vinegar, as her dog looks on.

Things got a little bit more hectic when the dog and raccoon eventually got into a tangle, pulling the tree down with them and shattering some ornaments.

After scuffling with the family dog, the raccoon then jumped onto the dining room chandelier and hung out there for half an hour.

"After cleaning up a bit so I wouldn't step on broken glass ... I grabbed the broom and prodded the raccoon off the chandelier," Iacobelli told Storyful.

Eventually, it ran out when the woman opened the door.

She believes the furry intruder entered the house through the doggy door.

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Why Iceland’s Christmas Witch Is Much Cooler (and Scarier) Than Krampus
With roots dating back to the 13th century, Grýla is not to be messed with.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-icelands-christmas-witch-much-cooler-and-scarier-krampus-180967605/
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Those who prefer the darker side of the holiday season have had it pretty good lately, thanks to the fast-growing popularity of Krampus. Once a mythological character on the fringes of Christmas lore, the horned and hoofed Germanic monster has gone mainstream in the U.S. There are Krampus Parades taking over the streets of major cities, an influx of merchandise bearing his long-tongued creepiness, and a horror-comedy film about him starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette.

While Krampus may be king of holiday scares, his fans may be overlooking an equally nasty, much more formidable queen—a Christmas monster who lives further north, in the frigid climes of Iceland who goes by the name Grýla, the Christmas witch. This tough ogress lives in a cave in Iceland’s hinterlands, the matriarch of a family of strange creatures, launching attacks on nearby townships, snatching up misbehaving children, and turning them into delicious stew.

“You don’t mess with Grýla,” says Terry Gunnell, the head of the Folkloristics Department at the University of Iceland. “She rules the roost up in the mountains.”

Tales of the ogress began as oral accounts, with the earliest written references found in the 13th century, in historic sagas and poems throughout the region. One reads, “Here comes Grýla, down in the field, / with fifteen tails on her,” while another describes, “Down comes Grýla from the outer fields / With forty tails / A bag on her back, a sword/knife in her hand, / Coming to carve out the stomachs of the children / Who cry for meat during Lent.”

In Iceland, the midwinter holiday known as jól—a version of the Old English and Old Germanic word Yule, which describes this time of gathering together, feasting and celebrating and which evolved into modern Christmas—is generally darker than in the U.S. (and not just because the sun barely comes out during that time of year). According to Gunnell, the earliest celebrations of the season were viewed as a time not only to bring together relatives, living and deceased, but also elves, trolls and other magical and spooky creatures believed to inhabit the landscape. Sometimes these figures would visit in the flesh, as masked figures going around to farms and houses during the season.

Grýla, whose name translates loosely to “growler,” would be among these, showing up with a horned tail and a bag into which she would toss naughty children.

“She was certainly around in about 1300, not directly associated with Christmas, but associated with a threat that lives in the mountains. You never knew exactly where she was,” says Gunnell. Long poems were written about her and a husband, but he didn’t last long, as Gunnell explains. “She ate one of her husbands when she got bored with him. In some ways, she’s the first feminist in Iceland.”

Other bits of folklore describe a second, troll-like husband and a giant man-eating Yule Cat known to target anybody who doesn’t have on new clothes—making a new pair of socks or long underwear an imperative for any Icelandic holiday shopper. Filling out what Gunnell calls “this highly dysfunctional family” are Grýla’s mob of large, adult sons: the 13 Yule Lads.

Each of these troublemakers visits Icelandic households on specific days throughout December, unleashing their individual types of pestering—Hurðaskellir is partial to slamming doors, Pottaskefill eats any leftovers from pots and pans, and Bjúgnakrækir lives up to his nickname of "sausage swiper."


Grýla did not get connected to Christmas until around the early 19th -century, when poems began to associate her with the holiday. It was also about this time when the Yule Lads and Yule Cat—which had been standalone Christmas characters with no connection to the Christmas witch—then became part of her big creepy family.

Prior to that, she was “really a personification of the winter and the darkness and the snow getting closer and taking over the land again,” according to Gunnell. Not only did she represent the threat of winter, she was seen as actually controlling the landscape. Gunnell explains that the Icelandic people understood themselves to be more like tenants of their harsh environment (where glaciers, volcanoes, and earthquakes dominate), and would view mythical creatures like Grýla as the ones who were really running the show. Krampus only wishes he had such power.

“Grýla is the archetypal villain, and the fact that she’s a matriarch makes her somehow more frightening,” says Brian Pilkington, an illustrator who has drawn some of the definitive depictions of Grýla and the Yule Lads.

In the 20th century, as American Christmas and its depiction of Santa Claus proliferated through Europe and beyond, attempts were made to “Santafy” the Yule Lads. Their bellies widened, their troll-like whiskers grew a bit bushier, and they acquired red-and-white fur costumes. They also, like Santa, began leaving gifts rather than taking sausages, snacks, and so on. (The Dutch tradition of children leaving out their shoes to find chocolates and treats the next morning also influenced this shift.) Some critics tried to snuff out Grýla altogether, attempting to sideline the scary character with more family-friendly fare; one popular Christmas song describes her death.

In more recent years, Iceland as a whole, led by the National Museum of Iceland, have worked to return the Yule Lads to their pre-Santa roots, “trying to get them dressing in 17th- and 18th- century ragged clothes, bringing them back to the browns and the blacks—the local wool colors,” as Gunnell puts it, “looking like aged Hell’s Angels without bikes.” The characters appear in person, with adults dressing up like them to entertain and sing with the children who visit the National Museum.

“It’s a little bit like hanging on to the language and traditions of that kind, to avoid the global Santa image, even if it has the same roots to the past, they’d rather hang on to their Icleandic version,” says Gunnell.

Pilkington, working alongside the National Museum, has worked to do this in his illustrations, including The Yule Lads: A Celebration of Iceland’s Christmas Folklore, a kids’ book about the characters that is ubiquitous around Iceland during the holidays, in both English and Icelandic.

Likewise, Grýla has proven a tough figure to dislodge, with her likeness found throughout the capital city of Reykjavik and beyond, sometimes in the flesh.

“Children are truly terrified of Grýla in Iceland,” says Pilkington. “I’ve visited children's playschools to demonstrate drawing skills and if I draw Grýla then two or three terrified children have to leave the room because it’s too strong for them. This is living folklore.”

Gunnell agrees: “She’s never stopped being embraced here,” he says. “As a living figure, you see her all around Reykjavik. She’s never really gone away.”

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This is one of the earliest public accounts of the pit, from the days when James Jackson
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Unfortunately, from what I can gather, I don't think this is real. While there are some accounts of individuals supposedly visiting this attraction, it's really hard to find any information about this that was posted before the last few years. There are virtually no photographs of this, and the ones that do exist certainly look altered or digitally created.

According to this site, https://www.tor.com/2020/01/03/welcome-to-mystery-flesh-pit-national-park-one-redditors-colossal-feat-of-worldbuilding/:

Mystery Flesh Pit National Park began as a much-loved exercise on r/Worldbuilding. The brainchild of Redditor u/StrangeVehicles, aka designer, illustrator, and writer Trevor Roberts, it has since evolved into a series of imaginary NPS effluvia showcasing the monstrous attraction.

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https://www.omroepbrabant.nl/nieuws/333 ... opgeblazen

Nr 3 on the list of Partij van de Eenheid, an islamic party, is a baker who will, by request, bake erotic cakes (yes, photos in the article). Apparently this has caused some turmoil but the party won't force her to remove these bakes from her repertoire and won't take her off the list.

They sure look realistic!

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'It's a miracle,' Dutch officials say as stowaway survives London to Holland flight in freezing temperatures

By Eoin McSweeney, CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/africa/kenya-stowaway-netherlands-intl/index.html

Updated 9:28 AM ET, Mon February 8, 2021

(CNN) A 16-year-old Kenyan boy has survived sub-zero temperatures on an hour-long flight from London to the Netherlands by hiding himself near the plane's landing gear.

Dutch police are investigating the possibility of human trafficking after finding the boy falling from a compartment in an aircraft at Maastricht Aachen airport in Limburg on Thursday.

"For us, it is a miracle," a spokesperson for the Dutch police said. "Usually when someone stows away like this, they die because of the cold or a lack of oxygen," said Marvin Engh, a spokesman for the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, one of the national police forces in the country.
The stowaway was taken to a hospital with hypothermia but has since made a full recovery, police said.

He started his journey in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and went from there to Istanbul, Turkey, before continuing to London Stansted airport, according to Engh.
The only flight that landed at Maastricht from Stansted on Thursday was the Turkish Airlines THY6305, cargo aircraft A332, according to FlightAware, the world's largest flight tracking platform.

The plane reached a maximum height of 5,791 meters (19,000 feet) and a speed of 460 miles per hour.

The stowaway's flight had arrived in London from Istanbul earlier on Thursday morning and spent three hours there before leaving for Maastricht.
Stansted officials confirmed the flight the stowaway traveled on was operated by the airline, which is Turkey's national carrier.

The police do not know how he stowed away on his other flights, but a spokesperson for London Stansted airport told CNN that he did not board the aircraft while there, and it is likely he originally boarded in Nairobi, however, the Dutch authorities could not confirm this.
Turkish Airlines did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

He asked for asylum and his claim is being handled by the Netherlands Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INS), said Engh.

A spokesperson for the justice ministry, Bart Vis, said the INS could not comment on individual cases due to privacy laws.

The Netherlands government can grant asylum if those seeking it are refugees, according to its asylum policy. It defines a refugee as "someone who has reason to fear persecution in their country."

The investigation into people smuggling is a standard procedure and the health and wellbeing of the child is the priority for authorities,Dutch police said.

The body of a stowaway was found in the landing gear of a flight to Paris from Ivory Coast in January last year and in July 2019 a body fell from a plane flying over London and dropped into a residential garden, feet from a sunbathing man.

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It is a love story like no other. Alice Flett and the Wizard of Christchurch have been together for nearly 50 years. Next year will mark 30 years since they were engaged, but the fiancées are no nearer to tying the knot. Frank Film asks why.

Alice Flett and the Wizard became engaged in 1992 at Christchurch's first Festival of Romance, but according to the Wiz, marriage itself is not that romantic.

“It’s not romantic being a wife or husband, but it is very romantic being a fiancée. I love you, I love you, all that stuff – I don't like that. It’s shallow and doesn't mean much and they divorce all the time. I cannot say I love Alice so I have to show my love by actually doing things.”

They first met at Melbourne University in 1969. Even then, in Channell’s first year as a resident Wizard, he was “doing things”. TV clips show him leaping skyward in a long robe, haranguing students on campus. Flett recalls seeing a photograph of him on the front page of the paper, “bouncing around on a pogo stick in a fur coat and bowler hat”.

A native Melburnian, Flett was a diligent student and head girl at a Catholic school (she is now a respected classicist and art historian). She loved school, she says, “I was a good girl.”

She and the Wizard were introduced in 1970.

“I was curious,” she says. “He was interesting to talk to.”

“She just moved in quietly,” explains the Wizard.

A subtle process?

“Very subtle.”

But not altogether sanctioned. Some were not impressed, says Flett, at the idea of a 19-year-old young woman teaming up with a man then twice her age (the Wizard will be 90 next year).

“But they either got used to it or… I didn’t particularly care what they thought anyway.”

In 1974, unsettled in Melbourne, the English-born Wizard set his sight on Christchurch, in particular Cathedral Square, which became an unofficial Speakers Corner.

It was here, with a customised passport in the name of The Wizard of New Zealand, that he staked out his space as an officially designated “living work of art”, railing against authority, feminism and of course religion.

“He loved it best when he was baited by some rabid evangelical,” recalls Flett.

But his own apparent powers could be unnerving.

When Waimate was seeking relief from a long period of drought, they asked the Wizard to do a rain dance. He did; it rained. When Auckland was suffering a water shortage, he danced again. Again, it rained.

“Then he did one in Tamworth in New South Wales where there’d been a terrible drought,” recalls Flett. “He did his thing and they sloshed water over him from every direction. He beat his drum – and then it rained. He frightened the life out of himself and said he wouldn't do it anymore.”

Today he still waxes prophetically, if politically incorrectly, outside the Arts Centre – “The Gothic Wizard outside the Gothic Arts Centre! What more could you ask than that?”

Shoulder to shoulder in their Christchurch garden, he and Flett are comfortable, companionable, if still a little bemused by each other.

“We’ve had arguments,” says Flett. “But he does still surprise me after all these years, which is probably a good thing.”

Is there going to be a wedding?

“Everyone asks that – I don’t know whether there will be a wedding. I’d had hopes.”

While a wedding ring is unlikely, a recording saying “I love you Alice” is on the Wizard’s to-do list.

“So she can play it to herself when I’m gone. Presumably I’m going to go before she does.”

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https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national ... li=BBqdk7Q

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_New_Zealand

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Back in the day when I had to fly to do business, I was sipping a huge Irish coffee
in the Koru Club lounge for VIPs and business people at Wellington airport when
the Wizard (complete with hat robes and staff) pulled up a stool, snatched away and folded
up my newspaper introduced himself and said lets talk, we clinked glasses and talked rugby
social engineering and politics for twenty minutes then he had to fly, with my newspaper.....

charismatic guy who's found a way to fund his life style by being a wizard and public speaking.....
Koru club membership is not cheap.....

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Virginia police officer shot during attempt to catch an escaped cow
Officers were responding to an animal complaint Saturday night after a cow got loose from a stockyard earlier in the day.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/virginia-police-officer-shot-during-attempt-catch-escaped-cow-n1261692

March 21, 2021, 9:31 AM PDT
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A police officer in Harrisonburg, Virginia, was stable after having accidentally been shot during an attempt to stop a loose cow.

Officers were responding to an animal complaint Saturday night after a cow escaped a stockyard earlier in the day, the Harrisonburg Police Department said. The cow was found near a 7-Eleven a short time after the call.

Officers intervened after ranchers were unable to capture and contain the cow. An officer was struck by a bullet in the lower body and transferred to UVA Medical Center for a non-life-threatening injury.

The department is investigating whether the officer was shot by a fellow officer or by someone else trying to stop the cow.

Because of injuries sustained during the attempt to wrangle the animal, authorities decided to euthanize it.

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Streaking light above Oregon, Washington was Falcon 9 rocket debris
Astronomers said the streaking light came from the Falcon 9 rocket, launched by SpaceX on March 4, reentering Earth's atmosphere.

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Streaking light above Oregon, Washington was Falcon 9 rocket debris
Astronomers said the streaking light came from the Falcon 9 rocket, launched by SpaceX on March 4, reentering Earth's atmosphere.
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Published: 9:35 PM PDT March 25, 2021
Updated: 6:36 AM PDT March 26, 2021
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PORTLAND, Ore. — People across the Pacific Northwest watched in astonishment Thursday as a fiery ball of light streaked across the night sky.

While many speculated they were seeing a meteor, astronomer Jonathan McDowell at the Center for Astrophysics said the streaking light actually came from the Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX on March 4.

On Twitter, McDowell said the rocket "failed to make a deorbit burn," and the event people witnessed around 9 p.m. Thursday was the rocket reentering Earth's atmosphere after 22 days in orbit.

Minutes following the event, the National Weather Service in Portland tweeted that McDowell's assessment appeared correct, but stressed that it was only speculating.

"We have been getting a number of calls about this! This looks like what we have seen in all of your videos," referring to McDowell's tweet. "Not official, but this fits the bill."

Dr. James Davenport, research assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, confirmed to KING 5 the lights were caused the rocket coming back down from orbit. He said the debris was likely about 30 miles into the atmosphere and it was unlikely any substantial pieces would reach the ground.


People reported seeing the flashing lights across from across the region, including the Oregon Coast, Salem, the Portland metro area, Southwest Washington and the Seattle area. Some people reported hearing explosions in the sky as they went by.

People shared videos of the event on social media.

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Syrup spills onto roadway after tractor-trailer overturns in West Conshohocken
By 6abc Digital Staff
Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:32PM

https://6abc.com/west-conshohocken-accident-syrup-spill-blue-route-tractor-trailer-montgomery-county-pennsylvania/10499047/

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WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- It was a sticky situation in West Conshohocken, Montgomery County on Thursday evening.

A tractor-trailer carrying syrup jackknifed around 1 p.m. on the Blue Route ramp to Route 23 in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

The view from Chopper 6 showed crews working to clean up the mess.

The accident caused a traffic headache during the evening rush.

No injuries have been reported.

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Menu from 1913 found in rafters of British cafe

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/05/06/britain-Leaf-cafe-Liverpool-England-1913-menu-ceiling/6881620329800/

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May 6 (UPI) -- Workers doing renovations on a cafe in England made a surprising discovery inside the ceiling -- a menu from the restaurant that occupied the building in 1913.

Natalie Haywood, owner of Leaf in Liverpool, said workers doing renovations on the building found a menu for Yamen Cafe and Tea Rooms, dated Jan. 15, 1913, in the rafters.

Haywood said the workers also found a waiter's hat embroidered with the word "Yaman" and the instructions for a card game called "whist and bottles."

"Down came fluttering from the ceiling this menu from 108 years ago. It's in absolutely unbelievable condition," Haywood told CNN.

Haywood told the BBC the menu is "like a time capsule hidden in the walls."

She said Leaf plans to try to recreate some of the dishes listed on the menu.

"To see what they were doing then, how forward-thinking and creative as a restaurant, is so inspiring," she said.

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