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Mad Minute stories from Friday, December 1st

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A tabby named Max has been playing a game of cat and mouse with some Minnesota college librarians.
The furtive feline has been sneaking into the Macalester College library in St. Paul when people open the door and has been seen scampering around the bookshelves.
The library put up a wanted-type poster asking patrons, "Please do not let in the cat."
The Star Tribune reports that the conundrum has caused a stir on Twitter and Reddit, where people have been posting Max-inspired artwork. Someone even made a library card for Max, who has been grounded by his owner over his naughty behavior.

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WINDSOR, Va. (AP) - A video of a beagle at a Virginia animal shelter scaling her cage in an escape attempt has generated calls of interest from across the country.
Emily Glickman, a caretaker at the shelter in Windsor, said by phone Thursday that its new owner plans to take her home Friday.
The adopter claimed the dog, named Buttermilk, long before the video went viral.
The Isle of Wight County Animal Shelter posted a Facebook video of the escape attempt Tuesday, generating more than 70,000 views. It shows Buttermilk gingerly climbing a 4-foot cage's wall before perching atop it.
The shelter often rescues hunting dogs, particularly after the season. Glickman said Buttermilk was rescued three weeks ago.
The shelter's animals are often named after food brought in by volunteers. In Buttermilk's case, it was pancakes.
 
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Superstitious construction workers have placed a small statue of Philadelphia's founder atop the city's newest skyscraper in an effort to save the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles from a fabled jinx.
Philly.com reports the William Penn figurine was affixed to the Comcast tower's highest beam Monday after builders decided waiting for a topping-off ceremony was too risky.
Believers in the Curse of Billy Penn say it doomed the city's sports teams for decades after the city's first skyscraper broke tradition and rose higher than the William Penn statue topping City Hall.
In 2007, the situation was rectified with a statuette placed atop a taller skyscraper. The next year, the Phillies won the World Series.
When construction of the new 1,121-foot-tall tower broke the height record, workers were eager to restore Penn to his rightful perch.

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WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) - A police department in a suburb north of Salt Lake City is attempting to thwart holiday package theft by allowing residents to use the station's address for deliveries.
The Woods Cross Police Department is operating the Santa Squad program through December where police will secure packages for safe pickup.
Packages sent to the department and directed to the Santa Squad can be picked up with matching IDs.
Police Chief Greg Butler told KUTV-TV that package thefts can be difficult to solve, so the department decided to take a different approach.
Police say officers can deliver packages to residents who are elderly or have special needs.

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SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) - Police in New Hampshire have charged a former substitute teacher who they say encouraged middle school students to smoke pot and gave one student a vaping device.
Twenty-year-old Elisha Mahar, of Rochester, was arrested Thursday and charged with four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. It wasn't immediately known if she had a lawyer, and a phone number for her couldn't be found.
Authorities say a school resource officer at Somersworth Middle School spoke with Somersworth police on Oct. 13 after he learned Mahar had invited students to smoke and had given a student a vaping device while she was a substitute teacher.
Interim Superintendent Connie Brown says the school district is cooperating fully with police.
A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 26.

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SLIDELL, La. (AP) - Louisiana authorities say a 14-year-old boy who led police on a car chase told them he had taken the vehicle on a "test drive" because he was considering buying it.
Slidell police spokesman Daniel Seuzeneau told news outlets that police tried to stop the luxury SUV late Tuesday afternoon for driving with no headlights. The boy fled, crashed, then continued to flee on foot. Police caught up to him.
Seuzeneau says police discovered the vehicle belonged to the father of one of the boy's friends. The vehicle was for sale, but the owner told police the teenager didn't have permission to drive it.
The boy was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle and other crimes. The Associated Press does not generally identify juveniles charged with crimes.

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A brewery in Ohio is making a batch of green-colored beer called "Algae Blooms" to draw attention to the toxic algae that's been fouling Lake Erie.
Maumee Bay Brewing Company says water is the main ingredient in its beers and access to clean water is essential.
The Toledo brewery uses the city's tap water sourced from Lake Erie. Algae outbreaks over the past summers have become an ongoing threat to drinking water.
Maumee Bay brewery manager Craig Kerr says its new beer looks like algae-contaminated water but doesn't taste like it. He says the brewery used powdered green tea and kiwi to give the beer its color.
The Ohio Environmental Council is helping to promote the algae-inspired beer to illustrate the importance of investing in safe water.

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REVERE, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts say a robbery suspect fleeing officers crashed his van into backyard swimming pool before taking off on foot.
Gianni Mazza pleaded not guilty to charges including attempting to commit a crime and resisting arrest at his arraignment Wednesday in Malden District Court. A judge set bail at $100,000.
Authorities say the Peabody man was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Everett late Tuesday night.
Police in Revere say they spotted the suspect's van, and he went down a dead end street where he crashed through a fence and into the pool.
He allegedly ran away but was apprehended just after midnight Wednesday hiding behind an oil company in Revere.
He was taken to the hospital for an evaluation before being turned over to Everett police.

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When Nemy Bautista arrived to his Sacramento home on Tuesday, he found what appeared to be dog poop at the bottom of his driveway. When he looked at the footage in his security camera, however, he found a dissatisfying surprise.
Bautista told Fox News on Friday that instead of a puppy relieving itself, he watched a woman who was delivering a package for Amazon driving a U-Haul doing the deed.
He said he was "shocked" by what he saw and immediately contacted Amazon and filed a complaint. A company representative was "shocked and thoroughly apologized," and said that the deliverywoman worked for a third-party contractor Amazon had hired to make those deliveries.
"I wanted Amazon to come clean it up," Bautista said, adding he missed the delivery by minutes.
A supervisor for the driver arrived at Bautista's home about five hours later, unprepared to deal with the "package."
"He didn't have any gloves, nothing," Bautista said. "He grabbed a plastic bag to scoop it up and I told him he couldn't put it my trash can. I didn't want it stinking up my can."
The man asked Bautista if he could leave it beside the trash can, which he did. Bautista eventually put it in the trash can after the man left.
Amazon has apologized to Bautista and offered him a gift card. He told FOX40 that the company told him the driver "has been dealt with" but was unsure what that meant.
"This is a third-party provider - anyone can be a driver," he told Fox News. "It's a lack of professionalism. It's very strange."
But it seems as if the problems didn't end there for Bautista.
He said the next day another Amazon delivery person, instead of walking up to his front door to drop off the package, was caught on camera throwing it from about 20 yards out.
"To put salt on the wound, we had another driver the next day that tossed the package. He tossed it instead of walking up the driveway," said Bautista, adding that it landed on top of a rose bed. "It was a fragile porcelain figurine. It didn't break."
A representative with Amazon was "shocked" and profusely apologized for the second incident.
"I have lived in this home 17 years and I have never had back-to-back incidents," Bautista added. "I am disappointed in how it was handled."

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(Huffington Post) Some music lovers are riveted by every note of an orchestra performance, while others use it as a chance to take a snooze. 
If you're in the latter camp, let this clip from California's North State Symphony orchestra be a warning. 
A woman apparently dozed off during a performance of "The Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky, only to wake up with a scream at the crash of a drum. 
Much of the audience laughed, and even music director Scott Seaton smiled and snuck a quick look over his shoulder as he conducted the orchestra. 
"Yes, Stravinsky can still be a surprise over a century later!" he later tweeted. 


 

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