Oceans spawn bacteria
Warning: The warming of the world's oceans can cause serious illness and may cost millions of dollars in health care. That's the alarm sounded in a paper released online Tuesday on the eve of a two-day conference in Brussels. The 200-page paper is a synthesis of the findings of more than 100 projects funded by the European Union since 1998. It was produced by Project CLAMER, a collaboration of 17 European marine institutes. The paper says the rising temperature of ocean water is causing a proliferation of the Vibrio genus of bacteria, which can cause food poisoning, serious gastroenteritis, septicemia and cholera. "Climatic conditions are playing an increasingly important role in the transmission of these diseases," the paper says.
Woman, 101, loses home
A 101-year-old woman was evicted from the southwest Detroit home where she lived for nearly six decades after her 65-year-old son failed to pay the mortgage. Texana Hollis was evicted Monday, and her belongings were placed outside the home. Her son, Warren Hollis, said he didn't pay the bill for several years and disregarded eviction notices. "I kept it from her because I didn't want to worry her," Warren Hollis said. A Wayne County official said a default and foreclosure notice was filed in November.
Statue baffling police
A Hot Dog Man statue that suddenly appeared in one Iowa town has mystified police, who would relish information about it. The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reported that a concerned citizen called police to report a man in a hot dog costume near a bus stop where children congregate. When officers arrived, they found the man was actually a 6-foot statue, with spindly legs and a pair of high-top sneakers.
Kind act leads to lost job
Claudia Rendon of Philadelphia lost her job last week at an aircraft repair training company after taking time off to donate a kidney to her son, Alex. Rendon said she was told by Aviation Institute of Maintenance before taking the leave of absence that she might not have a job to come back to. She took the time off anyway after signing a paper acknowledging that fact.
Neighbors save tortoises
Four Aldabra tortoises were seized from a Highland, N.J., home after neighbors reported what they described as "crying" by the tortoises. Some of them had cracked shells.