MEAT FROM THE SKY
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Meat falling from the sky is weird, even by Florida standards. But that’s what happened last Saturday when a 15-pound bag of frozen pork landed on the Deerfield Beach home of Travis Adair and his family. He says it hit his roof with a “big bang.” He thought it was thunder, but he and his family found two bundles next to the house and three on the roof. Adair says, “It had to fall from the sky. It was too heavy to throw on the roof.” The home is near three airports, so Adair thinks it fell from a plane. Labeling on the package shows it originally belonged to Jim Williams, who lives 170 miles away. He said he ate some of the meat and gave some away but he has no idea how any of it ended up on the Adairs’ roof. He is not a pilot and doesn’t own a plane. His friend, Jimmy Fussell, who owns the butcher shop that processed the meat for Williams, said the mystery certainly “beats hearing about all the politics going on.” And he says it’s giving everybody in the area a big laugh.
RING A DING
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Maybe they should have looked there first. Lost ring? Finger? A scuba-diving treasure hunter has found the American Hockey League Hall of Fame ring belonging to Dick Gamble in one of New York’s Finger Lakes. Gary Gavurnik says he found the ring in Canandaigua Lake on Fourth of July weekend. He says he’s planning to see that it gets returned. The AHL says Gamble, who is 88 years old, ordered a replacement ring several years ago and that his name is inscribed on both.
FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — A lawyer for the Spanish woman who claims to be Salvador Dali’s daughter says she’s relieved but nervous as forensic experts remove the artists’ body from a crypt where it laid for 27 years. A judge ordered the DNA test that her attorney says should give Pilar Abel a 99 percent chance of “knowing the truth.” Abel, who for a while made her living by reading tarot cards on local television, says she wants legal proof the artist was her biological father after an alleged affair with her mother. During a press conference this week, Abel explained how her mother and grandmother told her the family secret when she was young. Years later, she confronted the mother by asking: “Is Dali really my father? Because he was a little bit ugly.” She says her mother replied: “Well, he had a certain thing about him,” adding that “Yes, he is your father.”
CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) — A new Massachusetts librarian has had an interesting first day. When she checked out the closet in her office she found live military shells from the Civil War. Gleason Public Library director Abby Noland tells The Boston Globe she found the shells inside a box with a label explaining they had been examined by a munitions expert and could be live. She called police, who evacuated the library in Carlisle. The state bomb squad later arrived and determined the shells were indeed live. It took the shells to the town transfer station to safely detonate them. The shells turned out to be part of a Gettysburg collection that was donated to the town years ago.
SHARK ATTACK SURVIVOR
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A man says he’s lucky to have escaped without a scratch after a shark bit his ocean kayak and tipped him into the water in Santa Barbara. Bret Jackson tells KSBY-TV that he was kayaking yesterday when a shark appeared only a foot from his face and grabbed the side of the kayak. Jackson says the kayak flipped over. He managed to get back onto the kayak and paddled it to a nearby dinghy. The Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol measured the bite mark at about 16 inches. Authorities have contacted shark experts to determine whether the attacker was a great white. Meanwhile, shark warning signs have been posted at all city beaches and swimming is banned for the next day or so.
BADGER HOLE BODIES
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — At least one tribe will seek possession of human bones found sticking out of an Idaho badger hole after tests determined they weren’t from modern day homicide victims but belonged to people who lived five centuries ago. The fluke discovery occurred in April in high desert sagebrush when an Idaho Department of Fish and Game worker checking the licenses of ground squirrel hunters found the bones on federally owned land about 5 miles from the small city of Mountain Home. The remains were so well preserved that officials originally thought they were recent, but testing showed them to be about five centuries old. Tribal official Ted Howard says Shoshones have occupied the area for thousands of years and the well-preserved bones of a young adult and a 10- to 15-year-old should be returned to the tribe for proper burial. He says, “We just need to put them back in a place where they will not be disturbed again.”