DUCT TAPE BOAT
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Ducks do well in water. A duct-taped boat? Not so much. KTOO reports the U.S. Coast Guard picked up a 32-year-old man and his dog from an inflatable, duct-taped watercraft when it started to take on water Wednesday in Gastineau Channel near Juneau, Alaska’s capital city.
The Coast Guard says in a release that the duct-taped boat was homemade. The guard says the man, who was not identified, was not wearing a life jacket. An off-duty Coast Guard member saw the unsafe craft and called it in. The Coast Guard delivered the man, dog and boat to Douglas Harbor in Juneau.
PERSONHOOD FOR CHIMPS
NEW YORK (AP) — A Coral Springs, Florida, animal advocacy group that has argued for chimpanzees being granted the legal rights of people says it will appeal a New York ruling denying that argument. The Nonhuman Rights Project says it will take its case to New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.
The group’s attorney had argued to another appeals court in March that caged adult male chimps Tommy and Kiko should be granted a writ of habeas corpus, which deals with how people are detained. Attorney Steven Wise argued the chimps should be moved to a large outdoor sanctuary in Florida instead of being caged.
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say a man accused of bringing more than a thousand doses of fake drugs to the Bonnaroo music festival said he was doing “God’s Work” with the bogus substances.
The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department says 45-year-old David E. Brady of Albany, New York, has been charged with two counts of counterfeit controlled substances. The Sheriff’s Department said the items he brought with him to the music festival included pills made to look ecstasy, 22 bags of fake mushrooms, about 1,000 hits of fake acid and counterfeits made to look like cocaine and black tar heroin.
DENVER (AP) — The first recreational pot market in the U.S. has notched another marijuana first. Colorado started using marijuana taxes to fund police efforts to crack down on illegal growing operations. The measure sets aside nearly $6 million a year in Colorado marijuana tax revenue to reimburse police for investigating black-market marijuana activity that authorities say has increased since the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2012.
The fund was backed by police groups who complain that marijuana legalization has attracted illicit marijuana growers along with legal ones. The bill was also backed by Colorado’s marijuana industry amid complaints that illegal growing operations undercut prices of pot grown legally and give legalization a bad name.
FIRST BLACK TO BE CHIEF PILOT AT AIRLINE RETIRES
DALLAS (AP) — The first black chief pilot at a major U.S. airline is retiring after a 36-year career that saw big changes in aviation.
Louis Freeman says he felt a special burden when Southwest Airlines hired him out of the Air Force in 1980. He says he wanted to be perfect so that the airline would hire other African-Americans.
Freeman made his last flight as a Southwest captain yesterday, a few days before turning 65, the federal retirement age for airline pilots. He says he hopes his story will inspire other blacks to pursue careers in aviation.