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Mad Minute stories from Monday, July 11th

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COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A woman and her 4-year-old grandson got a big scare when their SUV was partially swallowed by a 10-foot-by-10-foot sinkhole near the drive-thru of a South Florida McDonald's.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles tells local news outlets that the sinkhole started opening as Dolores Otero drove toward the drive-thru Thursday afternoon. She stopped but as the ground caved in, the car went nose-first into the water. One of the car's back tires was left hanging in the air.
Otero and her grandson got safely out of the vehicle, which began to fill with water.
The restaurant closed for the rest of the day.
Cooper City utilities director Michael Bailey says the hole was caused by a water main break which was being repaired late Thursday.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Authorities in Virginia say a suspect paralyzed during a police chase in 2007 recently led officers on another high-speed pursuit, this time using a cane.
Citing court documents, the Virginian-Pilot reports 33-year-old Nathaniel Powell faces federal drug charges following a May drug sting operation.
Authorities say Powell was called to meet with a witness to buy heroin May 26. Before police could arrest him, they say Powell sped off, leading officers on a chase that ended in a crash. Another driver was treated for minor injuries.
Documents show Powell, who broke his back in a crash during a 2007 police chase that stretched from Portsmouth into Chesapeake, used a cane to operate the car in the May incident.
Powell's attorney Keith Kimball declined to comment to the newspaper.

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METHUEN, Mass. (AP) -- It didn't take much goading to find new homes for more than four dozen needy goats. We kid you not.
An animal rescue farm in Massachusetts says all 46 goats it acquired in mid-May from an owner overwhelmed by his rapidly growing herd have been adopted.
The MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen (mih-THOO'-uhn) said Friday that an additional five kids born since May also have been claimed. Most of the goats - an assortment of alpine, pygmy and angora mixes - are already in their new homes.
Farm barn manager Gia Barss says the goats recovered from the parasitic infections and other ailments they had when their former owner voluntarily turned them over.
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had called on people to step forward and give the animals new homes.

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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- A minor league baseball team in New Jersey affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies is so confident that furballs and fly balls go together that they are inviting fans to bring their cats to this weekend's game.
Saturday is CATurday when the BlueClaws play the West Virginia Power in Lakewood.
The players will wear special jerseys that feature dozens of orange, black and gray cat faces. The jerseys will be auctioned for the team's charity, which supports over 35 local nonprofit organizations, group sales director Kevin Fenstermacher said.
The special jerseys are popular with teams, said Jeff Lantz, senior director of communications with Minor League Baseball. He said the El Paso (Texas) Chihuahuas did a jersey with a dog face on the front, and the Eugene (Oregon) Emeralds did a "Portlandia" jersey for the hit comedy TV series filmed in Portland, Oregon.
"But this is the first cat jersey I can recall," Lantz said.
This isn't the first animal-themed game for the BlueClaws, whose logo is typically a blue crab.
Media relations director Greg Giombarrese said their "Bark in the Park" event for dogs was successful, so they wanted to give cats some love, too.
Fans can bring their cats, which are admitted with a $2 Paw Pass. But to prevent any catastrophes, fans must sign a waiver, and the felines must be in carriers or on leashes. The fans should also consider whether their pets can stand the noise and the crowd.
An animal rescue group will be on hand to accept donations and to offer cats and kittens for adoption.
Fans can have their cats displayed on the ballpark's giant video screen, and the BlueClaws will feature special songs such as "Take MEOW Out to the Ballgame." But some traditional baseball fans might not like singing, "Buy me some cat nip and Cracker Jack."

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Leonard Oats wowed the crowd with a bell-ringing rendition of Michael Jackson's song "Bad" and took home a giant trophy, a stack of cash, lots of Ghirardelli chocolate and a fair amount of bragging rights for his effort Thursday afternoon.
The 53-year-old San Franciscan was crowned World Champion Bell Ringer at the 53rd annual event in Union Square. Reigning champion Byron Cobb took second, while Trini Whittaker won the third-place trophy.
"I love ringing the bell," Oats said following his win. "That's why I do it, for fun."
But there's more to it than fun. "You have to get a rhythm going. If you can't get a rhythm going, it's not going to be of much help."
For a first time in more than 50 years, a woman competed in the contest.
Cassandra Griffin was up against six men, and though she didn't win she says she still made her mark.
"I feel great," she said. "I feel being the first female to ring the bell up here I'm going into history, and it's great for my children to see that."
Her secret? "I just work my wrists. It's like dancing from the wrists."
She been a cable car operator for 15 years and vowed to return to the contest next year.
Ed Cobean, senior operations manager for the cable cars, said the bell-ringing contest is a way to recognize some of the 170 operators who run the 28 cable cars daily.
"It's a way to showcase the faces of the cable cars," he said, adding they have unique jobs operating the only moving historical landmarks in the world.
The event also featured bands, celebrity bell-ringers vying for charity money, local dignitaries as judges and a show bell outside a cable car that everyone was given a chance to ring. Local radio host "Freska" won the amateur portion of the bell-ringing contest with a crew of dancers moving to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" while she rang the bell.
She won $500 for victims in the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting.
She also learned something. "Ringing the bell is not as easy as it looks," she said.

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A 67-year-old woman says she was attacked by a beaver while paddleboarding on a lake named for the rodent in North Carolina.
Betsy Bent told the Citizen-Times of Asheville that the beaver knocked her board over from underneath the water Friday at Beaver Lake, then latched on to her leg and wouldn't let go.
The 67-year-old paddleboarder says a fisherman on the lake knocked the beaver off her twice, but it attacked again before letting her go. Bent needed stiches and rabies shots.
Asheville Police say an animal control officer caught the beaver the next day, and the animal is being tested for rabies.
Bent says she thinks it was just a bizarre incident and plans to go paddleboarding again.

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EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- "We're going to need a bigger boat."
That's what Lars White told his 6-year-old son, Blake, after the boy hooked a great white shark while fishing Saturday off Cape Cod.
The Houston resident told the Cape Cod Times that the 10- to 12-foot-long shark swam into the hook and spent an hour and a half trying to free itself. When the shark finally surfaced, White's wife took some photos and then the family cut the fishing line to free it.
State shark scientist Gregory Skomal confirmed Blake had caught a great white.
Great white sharks have been spotted in increasing numbers in recent years around Cape Cod.
Blake says he wants to go fishing again and "catch something a little bit smaller."

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LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) -- A family-owned pizzeria in New Jersey has become inundated with calls from around the country asking if the restaurant inspired the setting for a popular online video game.
Freddie's Restaurant and Pizzeria, in Long Branch, has received thousands of calls over the past year from people asking if it's Freddy's Fazbear Pizza, the setting for the video game Five Nights at Freddy's, the Asbury Park Press reported.
In the horror video game, the player is a security guard attacked by animatronic robots.
A Freddie's employee said the restaurant has added phone lines and shifted workers around to handle incoming calls. Regular customers have experienced difficulties getting through and placing their orders.
"I've never seen anything like this," said Edna Moore, a waitress who has worked at Freddie's for 34 years. "You can get 200 calls in an hour. It's very annoying. You try to do your job, and you keep picking the phone up."
The phones usually begin ringing once school lets out and ramp up as the day goes on.
The game's creator, Scott Cawthon, didn't respond to an email seeking comment. An automated response said there are no phone numbers associated with the game and noted all locations are not real.
"Please do not call any phone numbers that you think may be associated with the game," the response stated.

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YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- A busty mermaid sculpted from sand and placed outside a popular Cape Cod restaurant is raising eyebrows and triggering complaints.
The town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and the local Chamber of Commerce say they fielded complaints from locals about the exaggerated proportions of the mermaid's chest. Yarmouth's police department took down photos of the sculpture from its Facebook page after residents said they found the work of art offensive.
The mermaid clad in a clamshell bikini is one of 41 sand sculptures placed around town as part of the annual Yarmouth Summer Celebration.
Salty's restaurant owner Raymond Roy tells the Cape Cod Times he's surprised at the fuss.
Roy says the mermaid isn't nude and shouldn't be censored.

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut soft drink company is hoping to add a little pop to this year's presidential election by releasing two specialty sodas named for the presumptive nominees.
Avery's Beverages, a 112-year-old soda maker in New Britain, is offering Trump Tonic and Hillary Hooch - named, of course, for Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
It's the third straight presidential campaign that Avery's has offered candidate-based drinks. The company will also be conducting a highly unscientific straw poll to track the race.
Trump Tonic comes with the slogan, "Make America grape again." It's got a bolder flavor than traditional grape soda and is a bit more acidic, says Rob Metz, Avery's general manager.
Hillary Hooch is a berry soda with ingredients that Metz jokes are classified.
"It's not sure exactly what it wants to be," Metz says. "So we've got some strawberry in there, we've got some blue raspberry in there and we added a bunch of lemon for bitterness."
Metz says his company will post the results of its straw poll each week on the company's Facebook page. He says the goal is to bring a little fun and perhaps some taste into this year's unusual presidential campaign.
The sodas are sold at local grocery stores and at the facility in New Britain. The company also takes phone orders.
Avery's has a good track record, too. Barack O'Berry outsold both John McCream in 2008 and Cream de Mitt in 2012. Both were red cream sodas.
There is a bit of a twist this year. Avery's also is selling versions of both sodas with blank labels so people can write in candidates if they wish. Metz says some customers have penned in Bernie Sanders' name. Others have put None of the Above on their labels.
Tina Maldonado, of New Britain, came into Avery's on Monday and bought a half-case each of Hillary Hooch and Trump Tonic.
She says she plans to give them away to friends.
"I thought they'd make great gag gifts, which seems very appropriate for this campaign," she says.
 

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