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THE JURY WAS OUT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the jury was out. Really. It was out. The judges, deputies and clerks showed up for court, but one key element was missing: No one had invited any jurors. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the county failed to mail notices to the 1,700 or so prospective jurors needed to hear cases this week. After no one showed up for jury duty Monday, officials made a plea for any volunteers willing to fulfill their civic duty. But only 19 people showed up Tuesday. Normally, a county printing office makes the notices and sends them. But this time, the notices weren’t mailed because of an error by someone in the print shop.

TURTLE TRACKING

UNDATED (AP) — Drones are being used to track turtles. Dr. Alan Rees, at the University of Exeter, says they’re getting stunning footage of the creatures that can boost public interest and involvement in turtle conservation. But his study, which was published in the journal Endangered Species Research, warns that drones aren’t able to completely replace ground work and surveys. And he says more research is needed to see if the drones have any impact on the turtles’ behavior.

BELL TOLLS

UNDATED (AP) — A small town in south-western Germany has decided to keep a church bell dedicated to Adolf Hitler ringing. But not with its original intention. Leaders say it would be kept as a memorial to spark dialogue about violence and injustice. The bell carries the inscription, “Everything for the Fatherland – Adolf Hitler” above a Nazi swastika. The Herxheim am Berg council voted to preserve it. A study had concluded removing it would be akin to “fleeing from an appropriate culture of remembrance.” That study recommended either leaving it in place with an explanatory plaque, or putting it in a museum.

SNIFF TEST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Here’s an interesting study out of Sweden. Researchers at the University of Stockholm have discovered that people who are drawn to authoritarian leaders are more likely to wrinkle their noses at unpleasant body smells. The more democratically minded appear to be less bothered by a little bit of armpit odor. Lead author, Dr. Jonas Olofsson, said: “There was a solid connection between how strongly someone was disgusted by smells and their desire to have a dictator-like leader who can suppress radical protest movements and ensure that different groups ‘stay in their places.'” The researchers also noted that President Donald Trump’s supporters fall into this group. Olofsson says his group “thought that was interesting because Donald Trump talks frequently about how different people disgust him.” He says “it fits with our hypothesis that his supporters would be more easily disgusted themselves.”

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