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  1. lelisa13p

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    Man Plummets Into Sinkhole As He Waits For Bus, Finds Horror Below
    by Ron Dicker, huffpost.com
    October 27, 2020 11:33 AM
    Leonard Shoulders was hospitalized and "traumatized," his mother said.
    A New York City man was waiting for a bus recently when he fell into a sinkhole that held another horrific surprise for him ― a swarm of rats. (See the accident below.)

    Leonard Shoulders, 33, suffered a broken arm and broken leg in the 12- to 15-foot plummet after the ground gave way on a Bronx sidewalk, his brother, Greg White, told the New York Daily News on Monday.

    “He couldn’t move, and the rats were crawling all over him,” White said. “He didn’t scream, because he didn’t want the rats going into his mouth.”

    The victim’s mother, Cindy White, had similar comments for NBC New York, which showed surveillance video of the incident:

    “He’s traumatized,” she said.

    “The rats down there were ridiculous, they were so big,” White said her son told her.

    Emergency crews took about a half-hour to rescue him and Shoulders was hospitalized, NBC reported.

    “He’s alive.” Cindy White said. “Thank God.”



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    Florida could very well determine who will be the next president of the United States. In other news. . . .

    Man mauled by leopard at Florida backyard zoo after paying $150 for a ‘full-contact experience’

    By BROOKE BAITINGER
    SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL |
    OCT 29, 2020 AT 10:26 AM
    DAVIE — It’s a tale that could have been pulled straight out of “Tiger King,” the hit television show on Netflix that illustrates how dangerous interactions between humans and wild animals can be.

    A captive black leopard mauled a man who paid for the interaction in Broward County, according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    The report did not give details about where the attack took place. WPLG-Ch. 10 reported it was in a backyard zoo behind a Davie home.

    The man paid $150 for a “full-contact experience” with the black leopard — to “play with it, rub its belly and take pictures,” Ch. 10 reported.

    The moment the man walked inside the leopard’s enclosure, the huge cat attacked him. The predator’s bite caused severe injuries.

    The man who operates the backyard zoo is licensed to have the leopard, the report says. He was cited on a misdemeanor charge for allowing full contact with the predatory cat and for maintaining captive wildlife in an unsafe condition that injured someone, the report says.

    The attack caught the attention of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. The unsafe environment endangered both humans and animals, campaigns coordinator Nick Atwood said.

    “It is far too common for small zoos and quasi-sanctuaries in Florida to sell photo ops, play sessions or other ‘interactions’ with exotic animals,” Atwood said. “Both people and animals are put in harm’s way when the public comes into direct contact with captive wild animals.”

    The Panther Ridge Conservation Center in Loxahatchee and McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary in West Palm Beach both house black leopards, Atwood said. Just in the past decade, there have been multiple incidents at both facilities in which big cats and other wild animals have harmed humans.

    In 2010, a jaguar bit off part of a woman’s thumb at the Panther Ridge Conservation Center. The 10-acre wildlife center, home to nearly two dozen cheetahs, pumas, jaguars and other cats, had to pay a penalty of $2,786 over alleged violations of the law on the handling of animals in a public exhibit.

    The owner at McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary was cited in 2008 for keeping animals in an unsafe manner, resulting in a threat to the public after a Bengal tiger and a lion escaped their enclosure.

    A woman also got bit by a cobra there in 2014.

    Perhaps the most memorable case was at the Palm Beach Zoo in 2016, when a tiger killed a zookeeper. Officials at the Palm Beach Zoo said they increased employee training, added security cameras and installed new locks to improve safety at the tiger exhibit.
     
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    Three men rescued from tumble dryer in Essex
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    Firefighters have had to rescue three young men who became stuck in a tumble dryer in Essex on Friday night.

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) said in a statement they were called to a derelict laundry site in Bower Hill in Epping around 6.35pm where the three men believed to be in their late teens had decided to crawl into the industrial-sized dryer.

    While two made it in successfully, the third encountered difficulties after his "ankles became trapped in the door when he tried to crawl in", the ECFRS said.



    Firefighters worked with Essex Police, Helicopter Medical Emergency Service (HEMS) and the Ambulance Service's Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to rescue the men using a range of heavy equipment, with the third man initially helped to complete his passage into the dryer, before the door was removed to allow all three to be helped out.

    "It was a difficult site to access and we had to carry a lot of heavy equipment a large distance from the appliances to the tumble dryer and then use our expertise to free the men safely," said ECFRS watch manager Glenn Jackson.

    "We used a range of equipment to free the casualty's ankles and allow him to crawl into the tumble dryer. The HEMS team gave him pain relief and we then managed to move the door, again using a range of equipment, so the men could crawl out."

    The men were left in the care of ambulance officers.
     
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    A North Dakota state legislature candidate who died from Covid-19 appears to have won his election

    EDIT: there's more!

    Andahl's posthumous election victory, while relatively rare, is not unheard of.

    Dennis Hof, the Nevada brothel owner and self-proclaimed pimp, won a race for the state legislature in the 2018 midterm elections about three weeks after he died. Since 2000, at least five other candidates have also won elections after dying.
     
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    A guy I knew in college took some turns in a dryer on a bet. The guy would do anything on a dare (practically). I was hoping to see him at a get-together of college friends in Birmingham, AL; but I opted out because of Covid. I would (if I was being honest) have to quarantine for 14 days when back in my state. I'm really pissed off that I missed this reunion though.
     
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    In Minnesota's 2nd district, a 3rd party candidate for U.S. House died. State law is that if a major party (defined by how many votes they received in prior elections) candidate dies within 79 days prior to the election, then a special election is required in February. The supreme court, fortunately, ruled that the state can't overrule a federal election schedule. It turns out, the Republicans had propped up this 3rd party candidate to steal votes from the Democrats. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/adam-weeks-minnesota-house-candidate-recruited-by-republicans/
     
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    Why did P.J. Fleck read team 'Everyone Poops' before beating Illinois?
    by Megan Ryan, startribune.com
    November 9, 2020
    The Gophers were abysmal the first two football games of the season.

    And only coach P.J. Fleck could find the teachable moment in that unsavory set of performances.

    “I read them a book, ‘Everyone Poops’ ” Fleck recalled of the Friday team meeting before the Illinois game. “And I know that sounds crazy because we didn’t play very well, but poop can be used as fertilizer if you grow. And in Minnesota, we’ve got lots of farms, and the poop is actually the manure, and it can help with crops and the best fruit and vegetables.”

    The children’s book, which depicts various animals relieving themselves, is meant to show kids how going No. 2 is normal and nothing to be embarrassed about, especially since everyone does it. And that’s essentially what Fleck was metaphorically trying to convey as well.

    The Gophers did really crumble to start the season, losing big to Michigan and at Maryland with a highly touted passing game failing to meet expectations and a defense allowing an average of 578 yards per game. Running back Mohamed Ibrahim was one of the few not wasting his chances.

    At Illinois on Saturday, though, the Gophers’ 41-14 victory did seem to sprout from their earlier failures, seizing an opportunity against a struggling opponent. Ibrahim rushed for another 224 yards. Quarterback Tanner Morgan and receiver Rashod Bateman connected for their first touchdown. The defense held the Illini to 287 yards. Even the shaken special teams unit went from glaringly bad to not really noticeable.

    And maybe that’s because the coach reminded his players that good can come from bad.

    “I mean, that’s Coach Fleck. It hit perfect of being able to grow,” Morgan said of the book’s lessons. “… I think our guys really took to it.”

    This isn’t the first time Fleck — a former schoolteacher, as he likes to remind people — has tucked his players in with a bedtime story. Earlier this year, he discussed “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” with the team as a strategy for how to navigate an unknown COVID-19-impacted season “just right.”

    Fleck said he tried not to mention the team’s winless record to his players throughout the week, instead trying to turn their focus to something they could control. He re-educated them on the foundation of his “Row the Boat” culture, how the ultimate goal is to all keep moving toward the common goal together, no matter the obstacles.

    Returning to the basics seemed to help settle the Gophers at Illinois. And they’ll hope the quick turnaround for a Friday game against Iowa won’t be too much of a strain.

    “It’s a huge rivalry game for us,” Fleck said. “I think everybody in the state of Iowa and the state of Minnesota knows how important this game is, 2020 or not. It’s a really big game. It’s a really important game.”

    The Gophers’ 23-19 loss in Iowa City last season ruined a perfect record and extended a border-game losing streak to five. This year, Iowa is also 1-2, having struggled in its first two games before finally rebounding big Saturday to crush Michigan State 49-7.

    It’s unknown what tale Fleck might bust out come Thursday night to inspire his players — though “The Three Little Pigs,” in honor of Floyd of Rosedale, is probably a good bet.

    “It’s not just a children’s book, you know, those children’s books have a message,” Bateman said of Fleck’s choice in literature. “And everybody thinks that they’re just for young kids, but it doesn’t matter your age. Of all ages, you read that book, and there’s a message in there for everybody.

    “And Coach Fleck does a good job of pulling that message out of the book and spreading it to our team and to apply it on the field and in our lives.”


    For the second consecutive game, the Gophers leaned heavily on running back Mohamed Ibrahim and he came through in a big way. This time, his career-best efforts resulted in a victory.


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    There are many ways to teach. :thumbsup:
     
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