December 20, 2013
Police: Job applicant stole from tip jar
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Police say a woman applying for a job at a Delaware restaurant stole money from a tip jar.
Rehoboth Beach police say the woman filled out an application at Five Guys last Friday, then took about $15 from two separate jars.
Police say a review of the application and surveillance footage led to the arrest of 44-year-old Melissa Brittingham.
WXDE-FM (http://bit.ly/19ce0Pi ) reports that Brittingham later pleaded guilty to a theft charge and received one year of probation.
Brittingham must also pay a $500 fine and court costs.
Man ticketed for trying to trade gator for beer
MIAMI (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say a man tried to trade a live alligator for beer at a Miami convenience store.
State Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino says the man received a citation for illegally capturing and trying to sell the gator.
Pino tells WTVJ-TV (http://bit.ly/18THij3 ) that the man trapped the 4-foot-long gator at a nearby park and brought it to the store Dec. 10. When he proposed to trade the animal for a 12-pack of beer, the store clerk called authorities.
Pino says the alligator was “pretty much in good shape.” The animal was released back into the wild.
NY mock trial for ‘The Night Before Christmas’
TROY, N.Y. (AP) — It’s a controversy whose roots trace back nearly two centuries to a holiday poem first published in an upstate New York newspaper: Who really wrote “A Visit from St. Nicholas”?
This week, a mock trial will be held in a courtroom in Troy, where the now-classic also known as “The Night Before Christmas” was first published anonymously in the Sentinel newspaper on Dec. 23, 1823.
The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports (http://bit.ly/1fyrF24 ) that Wednesday’s trial will have a prominent local lawyer representing Clement Clark Moore, a wealthy scholar from New York City who’s credited with writing the poem.
Other attorneys will argue the side of Henry Livingston Jr., whose descendants claim the gentleman farmer from the Hudson Valley was the true author.
Actors portraying Moore and Livingston will take the stand during the courtroom showdown.
3 young pandas at Atlanta zoo are girls, not boys
ATLANTA (AP) — Genetic testing has revealed that three young giant pandas born at Atlanta’s zoo that were thought to be males are actually females.
Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Keisha Hines says an examination that was part of the preparation to send Po to China revealed the 3-year-old panda is female.
Hines says the zoo then decided to do DNA testing on Po and on twin cubs Mei Lun (may loon) and Mei Huan (may hwaan). That revealed those cubs were also females, rather than males.
This isn’t the first case of mistaken gender for a panda born at Zoo Atlanta. Researchers in China determined in September 2011 that Atlanta-born Mei Lan (may lahn), who was believed to be female, was actually male.
Hines says gender is difficult to determine in young pandas.
Swimmer nabs monster lobster off California coast
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a Southern California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster and the catch of a lifetime.
Ali tells the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/IQe4r3) he was closing his father’s business, Zack’s Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach, on Monday when he saw the ocean was calm and decided to dive for dinner.
He was down about 15 feet going after a smaller lobster when he saw the giant. He says it was too big to grab properly, but it latched onto him, and he wrestled it to shore.
The lobster weighed nearly 18 pounds — even a 5-pounder is considered trophy-sized — and was likely at least 30 years old.