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The skinny: In the hunt for Bigfoot, DNA is a real downer

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In the hunt for Bigfoot, DNA is a real downer

DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, wolves, cows and raccoons. In 2012, researchers at Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology issued an open call asking museums, scientists and Bigfoot aficionados to share any samples (like the one at right above converted to DNA) they thought were from the legendary apelike creatures. "I thought there was about a 5 percent chance of finding a sample from a Neanderthal or (a Yeti)," said Bryan Sykes of Oxford University, who led the research. The results were published online this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Sykes and colleagues tested 36 hair samples from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia and the United States using DNA sequencing. All matched DNA from known animals.

A bovine tale

Some mooing, and an unusual rescue

From the Daily Telegraph of London comes this improbable but true story: A cow was lifted out of a drain in Guangxi province, China, by firemen on Thursday. The cow's owner, who gave his name only as Mr. Huang, called firefighters to the scene. Using ropes and a small crane, they hauled the startled animal to safety. According to Mr. Huang, he was walking the cow on Tuesday when it suddenly ran away. He searched for two days for the animal before he heard it mooing at the bottom of a drain.

Lost and found

Nine-page letter arrives really late

A letter written by a Maine schoolteacher in 1931 to her mother 150 miles away has finally been delivered — 83 years later. Twenty-three-year-old Miriam McMichael sent the nine-page letter from Houlton to Dollena McMichael in Pittsfield. Both have since died. The letter was only recently found at the Pittsfield post office, the Morning Sentinel reported. The letter is now in the hands of 69-year-old Ann MacMichael of Cornville, Miriam's niece and Dollena's granddaughter. The spelling of the family name has changed. MacMichael says the irony is that the writer apologizes for not writing sooner.

Too much to drink

When critters, tree get in driver's way

A man arrested for drunken driving blamed a turtle, a cat, a squirrel and an overhanging tree for his wreck in Central Texas. When police arrived at the scene southeast of College Station, the slurring driver was still in his seat and unaware of his location. The Eagle of Bryan-College Station reported that the man, 33, told officers he swerved to avoid the critters and hit the tree.

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Three dead in wrong-way, head-on crash Thursday on I-75 in Gibstonton

Three people in their early 20s died Thursday when a car driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 slammed head-on into another car, killing both drivers and a passenger in the car that was struckThe accident happened about 10:30 p.m. just just south of...
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Murky waters: Chartering the wrong boat can have tragic consequences

Murky waters: Chartering the wrong boat can have tragic consequences

Captain Dan Peretz noticed the same charter boats overloaded with passengers again and again. He thought, "This is how people die.’’So he sent emails to the Coast Guard, sharing his concerns, naming specific boats, including the Jaguar.The first one ...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

By BOB PUTNAMCLEARWATER — The Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot has long been a fixture on Jon Mott’s sporting calendar. Not even a 103-degree fever Tuesday could keep him away from the event, in its 39th year. Mott, a record four-time 10k champion, added ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

TAMPA — In the jubilant moments after a Bucs win, Dirk Koetter will sometimes ask for a game-used ball from his equipment staff, hold it high in the locker room and present it to the player who was most crucial to the victory.NFL players can ask for ...
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Woman killed in Largo motorcycle crash could ‘out-game any dude’

Woman killed in Largo motorcycle crash could ‘out-game any dude’

LARGO — Sydney Pender, 27, loved riding her motorcycle, even though she knew the dangers. Three years ago, her friend said, a delivery truck hit her. But she kept riding. On Thanksgiving, it was a crash with a taxi cab that killed her.Pender, a St. P...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Valrico intersection closed after car-sized hole opens in road

VALRICO — A hole the size of a vehicle opened up beneath the intersection of Nature’s Way Boulevard and Elm Grove Lane, Hillsborough officials said.The cause of the depression is unclear, but the intersection was blocked off to traffic.Hillsborough C...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

CLEARWATER — On Tuesday, Jon Mott had a 103-degree fever. That was not enough to keep him from maintaining his dominance Thursday at the 39th Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot.The former Northeast standout added to his record with his fifth title in the ev...
Published: 11/23/17

Update: Mother, toddler hit by car in critical condition at TGH

TAMPA — A mother and one of her two small children who were hit by a car while trying to cross Dale Mabry Highway on Wednesday were still in the hospital on Thanksgiving, according to Tampa General Hospital.Cassandra Marie Spicola, 29, and 18-month-o...
Published: 11/23/17