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The skinny: Bear gets a helping hand with looks, life

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Bear gets a helping hand with looks, life

A black bear is back in the woods in Tennessee after getting help with a problem — a plastic jar stuck on its head for three weeks. The Knoxville News Sentinel said the male bear was roaming around Newport, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. On Sunday, wildlife officer Shelly Hammonds was checking another report of the bear when the animal ran in front of her vehicle. Hammonds fired a tranquilizer dart, and the bear collapsed in downtown Newport. The bear weighed just 115 pounds, about half its expected weight. Hammonds, who is also a registered nurse and emergency medical technician, administered intravenous fluids. The bear was released into the Cherokee National Forest. Wildlife officials believe the bear got into the jar while foraging through garbage.

Court indecision

Anthony jury hung in mock retrial

An Ohio church jury was divided on Casey Anthony's guilt, with eight of the "jurors" voting guilty and four voting not guilty. In Touch With Christ Christian Center, led by the Rev. Una Keenon, a retired municipal court judge in the community of East Cleveland, held the exercise Sunday, according to local news reports. Keenon asked the 12 church members who acted as jurors to consider whether it would be right to send Anthony to death row if she did not kill her child. Bishop Prince Moultry, the church pastor, said the important lesson from the service was to protect children in Cleveland from the same fate as little Caylee Anthony.

Going somewhere?

Where streets have no names

Police in Northborough, Ma., are investigating the mysterious disappearance of about 100 street signs. The signs started vanishing about six months ago, public works director Kara Buzanoski said, and the cost of replacing them is about $15,000. Buzanoski and police Chief Mark Leahy suspect teenage pranksters, but so far there have been no arrests. The town had a similar problem a few years ago when several teens apparently had a contest to collect signs. When police started closing in on those culprits, the signs started reappearing.

Taking shortcuts

Quickest route isn't the best

An Austrian woman looking for a shortcut to a popular lake got that sinking feeling when her van's GPS system took her straight into the water. Firefighters had to be called to pull out Petra Lang's van with a mobile crane at the Grundlsee Lake. Lang, 27, managed to get out without help before the van sank. "She said she typed in that she wanted to go to the lake, but got closer than she intended," said one rescuer. "Drivers need to … use a bit of common sense." The van was a complete write off.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Bear gets a helping hand with looks, life 07/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:14pm]
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