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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, October 9th

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A giant sea monster has taken over a building at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, but only temporarily.
The inflatable sculpture titled “Sea Monsters HERE” is at a rusting warehouse called Building 611. It features huge purple tentacles bursting out of windows and reaching from the rooftop. The 40-foot-long creations sway in the breeze, creating the sense of a huge living creature.
It was created by U.K.-based artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas. They were invited to install the work as part of a collaborative project between Group X, a collection of local artists and organizers, and the Navy Yard.
It’s on view until Nov. 16.
Once the nation’s first shipyard, the Navy Yard is now a waterfront business campus home to 165 companies.

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HONOLULU (AP) — If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed.
Or, more specifically, foot-dialed.
By a gecko.
Marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone was at lunch when she got a call from Ke Kai Ola, the Big Island hospital where she's director. There was silence on the other end. Nine more silent calls followed. Fearing a seal emergency, she rushed back.
She wasn't the only one getting calls, and people started asking why the hospital was calling non-stop.
Trying figure out why a "bazillion" calls were made from one line, she called the phone company and a rep tried to talk her through finding a possible line on the fritz. She walked into a lab and found the culprit. The gecko was perched on a phone, making calls to everyone in the recent call history with "HIS TINY GECKO FEET," she wrote in a Twitter thread the next day, detailing the saga.
Social media delighted in the tale and some people offered jokes about a certain company's gecko calling to save you money on your car insurance.
After discovering the mystery caller, Simeone caught the gecko and put it outside on a plant, she said Tuesday.
"If there's a little gecko that helps us share the story of conservation, then that's a win," she said of the work she does caring for the endangered seals. "I think people needed a little pick me up with the news cycle."
 
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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities don't know who dumped a four-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is.
After initially believing the animal spotted Monday swimming near Waukegan, Illinois, by a startled kayaker was a caiman, officials now say it is actually an alligator.
Either way, it had no business paddling around the suburban Chicago shoreline and Waukegan spokesman David Motley said Tuesday that animal control officers are trying to determine who abandoned the creature, which was found with its mouth kept shut by rubber bands.
Motley said officials thought the animal was a caiman for much of Monday, but Rob Carmichael, curator of the Wildlife Discovery Center in nearby Lake Forest, later told him it was a female alligator.
The two species look similar, but an alligator's snout is more rounded and only its upper teeth can be seen when its mouth is closed, whereas a caiman's upper and lower teeth can be seen, said Andrew Biddle, the head of reptiles at Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park in Kenansville, Florida.
Carmichael said an alligator would be more capable than a caiman of handling the cold water of Lake Michigan and that the one rescued Monday could have been swimming around for weeks. He said it could have done this with its mouth shut because alligators can go months without food.
Carmichael said that although the rescued gator is weak, she has a pretty good chance to survive if she can get through the next few days.
This isn't the first time someone dropped off a wild animal on or in Lake Michigan, Motley said, pointing to a 2012 incident in which someone abandoned a 14-foot python on the lakefront.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man is charged with a felony after he allegedly filmed himself removing an ankle monitor and then posted the video on Facebook.
Thirty-three-year-old Dustin Burns of Springfield was charged last week with tampering with electronic monitoring equipment.
The video shows someone using a butter knife and screwdriver to remove an ankle monitor. The man advises viewers to remove the ankle monitor without damaging it to avoid hefty fines.
The Springfield News-Leader reports court records show Burns pleaded guilty to violating a restraining order earlier this year and was placed on probation.
Court records show warrants were issued this summer after several probation violations were filed against Burns. He has been in the Greene County jail since Aug. 28.
He does not have an attorney listed in online court records.

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SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — A runner who was struck by a deer during a half marathon in New Jersey still managed to cross the finish line.
Christina Sanchez tells the Asbury Park Press that she was on Mile 10 of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon at Sandy Hook on Sunday when a large buck took her out.
Sanchez says the deer came dashing out of the woods and struck her in a "blur of brown and white fur."
The Fair Haven woman was knocked down before the deer sprinted back into a wooded area near Gunnison Beach. She received attention from emergency personnel who gave her the OK and encouraged her to finish the race.
Sanchez finished about 10 minutes slower than her goal time. But she says she wasn't going to give up.

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CROFTON, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman learned of a death in the family through her bank. One problem: that death was supposed to be hers, and yet she was still alive.
The Capital reports Ellen Baron got home Sept. 20 to learn both her accounts were frozen. The bank told her the Social Security Administration had notified them of her demise.
The 75-year-old spent around two weeks making appearances at her bank and local Social Security office to offer proof of life. Baron says she got progressively annoyed as she found out her prescription and health care plans were also affected. She notes the error could have had worse ramifications if she were immobile or out of town.
Baron says the SSA told her a key-in error caused her "death." SSA spokeswoman Vivian Nichols says erroneous death reports are extremely rare.

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a pickup truck landed on top of a car after the truck was hit by another vehicle and went flying through the air. The car was crushed but no one was hurt.
Firefighters in the small city of Prescott north of Phoenix say it was amazing that the two people in the car and the woman driving the pickup were not hurt after the crash Sunday night.
Prescott Fire Department spokesman E. Conrad Jackson said Monday that the pickup truck driver was hit by another pickup truck that came alongside her vehicle.
The impact sent the pickup that was hit soaring and it landed on the car.
Jackson says the driver who caused the crash fled.
The occupants of the vehicles in the crash were wearing seatbelts.

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A Louisiana man who was busted with methamphetamine this week told officers a ghost planted it on him right after he was hit over the head with an ax, KNOE 8 News reports. 
Michael Auttonberry, 59, called 911 to report being stabbed at his home in West Monroe. When officers arrived, they said Auttonberry was shouting at people "who were obviously not there," an arrest report states. Deputies also noticed Auttonberry had no visible wounds, meaning he had not been stabbed in the head as reported. 
Auttonberry was placed in cuffs and officers did a sweep of the home and found a brown paper bag containing a gram of what appeared to be methamphetamine on his nightstand in plain sight, deputies said. Auttonberry told deputies the drug was planted by a "ghost or intruders" who he saw climb out of a neighbor's window, which police also determined was false. 
Auttonberry is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and giving a false police report. He was booked at the Ouachita Correctional Center where he's being held on a $5,000 bond, arrest records show. 

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Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Halloween revelers in Virginia are being warned of the holiday's unusual rules -- including potential jail time for trick-or-treaters over the age of 12.
The city code in Chesapeake puts strict limits on trick-or-treating, including making it a misdemeanor for anyone over the age of 12 to don costumes and go door-to-door for candy.
The code lists the penalty for overage trick-or-treating as fines of up to $25-$100 and up to six months in jail.
The section of city code, ratified in 1970, also bans trick-or-treating after 8 p.m., with potential fines of $10-$100 and the possibility of up to 30 days in jail.
The city of Newport News also restricts trick-or-treating to children 12 and under, and adds that "no accompanying parent or guardian shall wear a mask of any type."
Historians said Halloween wasn't widely celebrated in New England for many years due to strict Protestant traditions, but the holiday eventually spread from other states and was a common celebration by the 1950s.

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Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A California family said a huge chunk of ice apparently fell from an airplane and crashed down on their driveway, creating a large crack.
Angelica Coria said she and her family discovered the shattered ice ball in their Eastvale driveway and a fresh, 30-foot crack in the concrete.
"Ice fell from the sky and we don't know what happened," Coria told CBS Los Angeles.
She said the falling ice has made her "extremely fearful" of the planes that fly over her house each day.
Experts said the family's home is in a descent path for Los Angeles International Airport, so planes pass over the area almost once a minute.
A couple in nearby San Bernardino evaded injury last December when a chunk of ice suspected to have fallen from an airplane crashed through the roof of their home and punched a hole all the way to their bedroom.
The San Bernardino incident took place mere weeks after a similar ice ball crashed through the roof of a home in Chino.


 

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