Strange but True – not fake news for June 28, 2017

DEAD RACCOON-SHOOTING

ALLYN, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say an altercation over a dead raccoon led to a shooting in rural Washington state. Mason County sheriff’s Lieutenant Travis Adams tells KOMO-TV that a man was walking along a highway Sunday dragging the roadkill behind him with a rope. The animal had been hit by a car, and he wanted to use it as crab bait. He says two vehicles stopped, and people confronted him because they thought he was dragging a dead dog. One of them shot the guy twice in the leg. Both vehicles then sped off. Deputies have contacted people in the other vehicle, and authorities say they’re cooperating. No arrests have been made. The man is expected to recover.

TRUMP-PHONY COVER

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Time magazine cover featuring Donald Trump hangs on the walls of at least four of the president’s golf clubs, in Florida, Virginia, Ireland and Scotland. But closer inspection reveals that the March 1, 2009, cover is a fake. The Washington Post investigated and reported Tuesday that Time had no magazine cover with that date, nor had the publication featured Trump on its cover at any time in 2009. Is the president who railed against “fake news” as recently as Tuesday decorating his clubs with phony magazine covers? A Time spokeswoman confirmed for the Post that the cover in question is not real. Representatives for the Trump Organization and the White House declined to comment. It’s not clear who produced the phony magazine cover, or why.

LOBSTER IN LUGGAGE

BOSTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration probably sees a lot of odd things when checks people’s luggage. But what they found at Boston’s Logan International Airport was a little different — a 20-pound live lobster. It was spotted in a passenger’s luggage on Sunday. A TSA spokesman says it’s the largest one he’s ever seen. It’s not that there’s any law against transporting lobsters, but live ones have to go through security in a “clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” This one was in a cooler. The spokesman did add that it “cooperated quite nicely with the screening process” and he shared a nice picture on social media of a TSA agent holding up the crustacean.

EAGLES-FIREWORKS

COLUMBIA, Conn. (AP) — Independence Day traditions in one Connecticut town are clashing with an effort to protect an iconic symbol of the United States. Authorities in Columbia are asking residents to forego shooting off fireworks for the sake of a family of bald eagles. Last summer, a pair of eagles became the first to call Columbia Lake home since the species returned to the state in 1992. This spring, an eaglet appeared in the nest. The bird is not yet old enough to fly and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is concerned that the noise of fireworks could be enough to scare the eaglet out of the nest before it is ready. There’s no official fireworks display in Columbia, but the town says illegal displays are common during the holiday.

MALE, FEMALE OR “X”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington DC is giving its residents a new option on their driver’s licenses or DMV issued ID cards. They no longer have just two gender options to pick from. Today they can also choose “X,” the gender-neutral identifier. A city statement says that while any resident can request the gender-neutral identifier, officials expect it to mostly benefit the transgender community. Mayor Muriel Bowser says that the city has long been a leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights and gender issues and that the change is the most recent example of the city’s “commitment to inclusivity.”

NEXT INTERNATIONAL YOGURT

NEW YORK — There’s Greek yogurt, Icelandic yogurt and Australian yogurt. Now, the U.S. maker of Yoplait is hoping to revive its declining sales by marketing yet another culture in the yogurt section. Enter “Oui,” which General Mills is hailing as the arrival of “French-style” yogurt in the United States. Like the yogurts that channel the heritages of other countries, however, the company says there is no official definition for French yogurt.

DRIVERLESS BUGGY

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police had to make an unusual stop after finding a driverless Amish buggy going down the road. The Wooster Police Department says the horse apparently decided to take a morning run Sunday without its owners. Officers found it heading down State Route 250, and one sergeant jumped inside and managed to get the horse to stop. Police say the horse was very excited and tired, but otherwise unhurt. Police were able to track down its owners and return the horse and buggy. The police department ‘s Facebook post put it this way: “every new day brings with it new challenges.”

PARKING SPOT PUNCH

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Granted. Parking can be a problem at the beach. But a Delaware woman now has more to worry about than just where to put the car. The Wilmington News-Journal reports that 20-year-old Nakala Spencer was arrested on Saturday after punching another woman in the face over a Rehoboth Beach parking spot. Police say Spencer was standing in a parking place— apparently trying to save it, when the other woman tried to pull in. Spencer refused to move, lost her temper and then hit the other woman. Authorities say there’s a Rehoboth Beach ordinance forbidding the practice of saving spaces. Spencer has been released on a $1,000 bond.

DRYWALL POWDER ARREST

OVIEDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man spent 90 days in jail after police officers who stopped him for driving without headlights said white powder found in his car was cocaine. It turned out to be drywall powder. Karlos Cashe is a handyman. He tells WFTV he repeatedly told officers in Oviedo the substance was drywall. But after running a check they found he was on probation for marijuana and cocaine charges in 2015. Cashe says a K-9 alerted on his vehicle and an officer’s field test was positive for cocaine. Court records also show he was denied bond because he was accused of violating probation. Nearly three months later the lab test results came out. They were negative for cocaine and Cashe was let go.

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