Strange but True – not fake news for June 19, 2017

FIRST GRADERS-QUEEN ELIZABETH

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group of East Lansing first-graders who wrote to Queen Elizabeth for a class project weren’t disappointed by the British monarch. Teacher Shawn Millhouse’s first-graders at Pinecrest Elementary received a response from Queen Elizabeth’s assistant about how much the queen likes horses and dogs. The monarch’s Lady-in-Waiting, Susan Hussey, wrote that Queen Elizabeth was happy to receive letters from the 21 students. Hussey wrote that, “Her Majesty was pleased to hear from you all and greatly appreciated the care you have each taken with your illustrations.” The Lansing State Journal reports that Prince William and Duchess Kate also sent an individual sealed letter, marked as royal mail, to each of the 21 students.

TRI-PARENTING

NEW YORK (AP) — One parent, two parents. Three parents? Courts or legislatures in at least a dozen states have declared that some children have three parents. It’s an arrangement sometimes called “tri-parenting.” While the cases are rare, they have appeared in states from Florida to Alaska. Advocates say legal recognition reflects the realities of some families. They include gay couples having a child with a friend, and a man seeking to remain in a paternal role after DNA shows someone else fathered the child he’s raising. New York’s first “tri-custody” ruling involved a husband, his wife and a female neighbor who had all become romantic partners and set out as three to have a child. But some courts and experts have raised qualms that more parents could mean more parents could mean more conflict.

SCHOOL LUNCH FUNDRAISER

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington, D.C. area resident is trying to pay off school lunch debts owed by local students. WTOP-FM reports attorney Adelle Settle is raising money to help pay the debts of students who owe $50 are more. Settle said the Prince William County’s school lunch debts total $300,000, with a $160,000 coming from students who owe more than $50. Settle and her friends previously raised $1,700 in 48 hours to pay off school lunch debt in at three county elementary schools. She said her goal is to help families that are struggling financially.

NOOSE-MUSEUM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a noose was found hanging from a lamp post outside a museum in the nation’s capital, the third such incident in recent weeks. This one was found Satuday afternoon outside the National Gallery of Art. Last month tourists found a noose on the floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. A few days earlier another noose was found on the grounds of the Hirshhorn Museum, which features contemporary art and culture. The three museums are all located on the National Mall.

FAN HIT BY BAT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 61-year-old man sitting behind the Louisville dugout at the College World Series sustained a minor cut to his head when he was struck by a bat that flew out of a player’s hands Sunday. Burke Perry of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was in the second row when Louisville’s Josh Stowers lost grip of his bat as he swung at a pitch against Texas A&M to end the third inning. Perry said he saw the bat coming but couldn’t get out of the way. Nearby fans applied towels to Perry’s head. Medics escorted him to a first-aid station, and he returned to his seat with his son a few minutes later. Perry had about a 2-inch cut on the top of his head, but he says the bat “just skimmed me.”

ATTEMPTED EXORCISM-ARREST

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California woman is being held on suspicion of beating, biting and choking her 11-year-old daughter in an attempt to perform an exorcism on the child. Humboldt County Sheriff’s officials say 45-year-old Kimberly Felder stripped her daughter naked and shoved sand into her mouth before a witness tried to stop the attack at a secluded beach Friday. The witness, John Marciel, said Felder told him she was trying to remove demons from her daughter. He said she continued to hit her daughter in the head with a piece of driftwood while he tried to restrain her. The mother arrested for investigation of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse and aggravated mayhem. The girl was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries.

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