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The skinny: Colo. firefighters use ladder truck to rescue bear

Bruin force

Firefighters use ladder truck for bear rescue

Here is what Florida wildlife officers are glad did not happen when they captured a bear in Tampa recently: A tranquilized bear in Colorado Springs fell asleep in the tree. Usually, darted bears fall out of trees and are caught with a tarp. But the Colorado black bear fell comfortably asleep in a crook of a tall pine Sunday. Firefighters had to use a ladder truck to reach it. The bear, weighing between 150 and 200 pounds, was put in a harness by a wildlife officer and firefighters, state wildlife division spokesman Michael Seraphin said. Then they gently lowered Sleepy Bear to the ground.

Ferris wheel top spot

World record ride circled in Chicago

A manager of Chicago's Navy Pier rode the tourist spot's Ferris wheel for more than two days — 384 times, up and around — bringing the world record for the longest ride to the birthplace of the amusement park favorite. "I thought Chicago should have that title," Clinton Shepherd said after finishing his record-breaking ride on Sunday. Shepherd, the park operations manager, spent 48 hours, 8 minutes and 25 seconds riding over the weekend. Guinness World Records allowed him to have one five-minute break each hour. The first Ferris wheel was built in 1893 in Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition.

Butt-head butt-dial

911 call crammed full of clues

Two Fresno, Calif., men, wound up in jail after a cellphone mishap. Their call, which went to 911, started like any other call to the police dispatcher, with the operator asking, "What is your emergency?" But when no one answered, the operator didn't hang up, instead staying on the line and listening as the pair talked about scoring drugs, police reported. Authorities say Nathan Teklemariam and Carson Rinehart, both 20, planned and carried out a car burglary. Fresno police followed the clues, complete with the sound of breaking glass, all the way to the crime scene, said Sunday. "I have never heard of something like this," police Sgt. Jaime Rios said. ". . . Never has a call come in before a crime being committed and staying on all the way to the end."

Coffee clash

Barista draws line at diaper change

Alex Burgos and his wife, Ruth, were at a Denver Starbucks on Mothers' Day weekend when their 1-year-old son, Thiago, needed to be changed. Slight problem: no changing table in the restroom. So Ruth changed Thiago's diaper at their seat, KUSA-TV reported Sunday. Alex says that brought out a Starbucks employee, who tossed a rag to Ruth and in a "demeaning" tone told her to "make sure to wipe the seat when you're done." The couple started laughing; the words escalated to coffee on the floor; police were called but no one was arrested. Starbucks later apologized. No word yet on a changing table.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Colo. firefighters use ladder truck to rescue bear 05/20/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 20, 2013 10:17pm]
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