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The Skinny: Big, runaway snowball slams into dorm

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Big, runaway snowball slams dorm

Two math majors at Reed College in Portland, Ore., lost control of a massive snowball that rolled into a dorm, knocking in part of a bedroom wall. College spokesman Kevin Myers said Friday repairs will cost $2,000 to $3,000. No one was hurt, and no one is being disciplined, he said. After a rare pileup of snowstorms, students started building the snowball on a campus quad. Urged by a crowd Feb. 8, the math majors tried to make it as big as possible by rolling it down a sidewalk that goes past the dorm. "And the ball just got away from them," Myers said, adding that it was estimated at more than 800 pounds.

More college follies

Please don't feed or spank the bears

Students at a college on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe are being advised not to feed bears, pet them or pat them on the butt. Some Sierra Nevada College students in Incline have made it a game to "spank" the animals on the rear and other students have been known to pet and feed bears on campus, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday. In one case, a bear accustomed to humans opened the window of a dorm room, climbed in and rummaged through a mini-fridge. Nevada wildlife officials said 14 bears in the Incline area were captured and relocated in October alone.

Animal ruckus

Camel chases cars in rural California

A camel escaped from an enclosure in a Southern California high desert community Friday, stomped a 72-year-old man who tried to capture it, and chased other people before it calmed down and was corralled. The camel was reported chasing cars shortly after 8:30 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. "My dad … tried to catch it and it must have cornered him or something, and it took off after him, bit him on the head and knocked him down and stomped on him," Skylar Dossenbach told KCBS-TV. "He crawled under something and the camel tried to pull him out." Her father was hospitalized and needed stitches. Dossenbach said the camel wasn't done, chasing a car and other people before she captured it. "I just put a halter on him, fed him a treat and he calmly walked down to my round pen and I corralled him."

Snow trail

Easy evidence accumulates

Heavy snow in the Southeast may have inconvenienced many folks, but Atlanta police say it helped them easily solve a crime. They followed footprints from the scene of a break-in to the home of the suspected burglar, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday. After the burglary at a seafood business, shoe prints and tire tracks were followed to the home of Kenneth Ray Evans, said Officer John Chafee. Police found Evans asleep on the sofa, his shoes still wet.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The Skinny: Big, runaway snowball slams into dorm 02/17/14 [Last modified: Monday, February 17, 2014 8:53pm]
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