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COW ART

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas farmer famous for cow art has gathered about 300 of his cattle to say “hi” to SpaceX, the orbiting Tesla and its “driver” called Starman. The Wichita Eagle reports that David Klingenberg is known for using his feed truck to move cattle into shapes before filming them with his drone. In his latest YouTube video, “Cow Space Art,” Klingenberg explains how he got the photo proving his cows can be seen from outer space. Klingenberg gets daily satellite images of his farm from FarmersEdge. He says he used shadows on the images to find out when the photos would be taken, and then moved his cows to spell out the word “hi” during that time. Klingenberg has also made farm-themed song parodies, such as a trombone serenade of his cattle with Lorde’s “Royals.”

FIELD OF DREAMS-VANDALISM

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 20-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he drove onto and damaged the Iowa baseball field made famous by the 1989 “Field of Dreams” movie. The Telegraph Herald reports that Austin Pape entered a written plea before his arraignment that had been scheduled for Monday. Investigators say Pape has acknowledged driving onto the field Jan. 22, and his attorney has said Pape will work with prosecutors on a resolution. Court records say the owner estimated the damage at more than $5,500. The vehicle left deep gashes in the field and damaged sprinklers. Thousands of people visit the property and run around the bases and walk to the surrounding cornfields

AIRPLANES-DISEASE SPREAD

NEW YORK (AP) — Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don’t leave it until the flight is over. That’s what some experts have been saying for years, and it’s perhaps the best advice coming out of a new attempt to determine the risks of catching germs on an airplane. The new study sent squads of researchers onto commercial flights to look for viruses and observe how and when people came into close contact. They concluded that people on the aisles get up the most and tend to be most likely to be near a person spewing infectious droplets of flu or cold virus. The study was funded by Boeing and published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

POLICE-FREE RIDES

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Police in one Rhode Island city say their free ride home program saw continued success this St. Patrick’s Day. WPRI-TV reports 14 people called Warwick police Saturday for a ride home, compared to eight last year and six the year before. Warwick police say they only made one DUI arrest that night, a decrease from five last year. The department says it plans to offer the program again next year.

ALLIGATOR HUNTING BAN

BELVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials in a North Carolina town are rejecting the trend of allowing alligator hunting inside town limits. Media sources report leaders in Belville passed a resolution that rejects the option to allow hunting. One commissioner said the town came to an agreement after expressing concern that hunting female alligators could lead to a decline in the overall gator population. The state wildlife commission had established a one-month hunting season from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1. The state had outlawed alligator hunting since 1973.

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