IGUANA IN TOILET
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man can add reptile wrangling to his resume after finding an iguana lounging in his toilet. The Miami Herald reports that David Adams wrote about the incident last week on Facebook, where he posted photos of the adventure. Equipped with a gas mask, bulletproof vest and ski gloves, Adams managed to catch the iguana in a towel and release it outside. The Univision reporter says the reptile apparently made its way into his toilet after crawling through the plumbing vent on the roof of his Key Biscayne home.
LIGHTNING STRIKE -PREGNANT WOMAN
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A woman who was struck by lightning while she was pregnant remains in intensive care at a Florida hospital where her newborn also is being treated. NBC2 reports 26-year-old Meghan Davidson was just seven days from her due date last Thurssday when she was struck in the head by a lightning bolt while walking with her mother outside her home in Fort Myers. The television station reports doctors later delivered baby Owen. The congregation at McGregor Baptist Church held a prayer vigil for Davidson last Sunday. Church member Carol Bridges says Davidson has shown some signs of improvement.
DEVILS TOWER — The number of people who climb an unusual rock formation in northeast Wyoming during June is on the rise despite the concerns of American Indian tribes who hold the place sacred. Devils Tower is nearly 900 feet tall from base to summit. Devils Tower National Monument was the first U.S. national monument and many know the volcanic feature for its role in the 1977 film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
OLD HOUSE TURNS OUT TO BE HISTORICAL CABIN
BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) — A man who bought a tiny dilapidated house next to his childhood home learned during renovations that the eyesore was actually a 300-year-old log cabin, making it among the oldest surviving houses in Pennsylvania. Jude Plum tells The Philadelphia Inquirer he bought the house in Bryn Mawr out of pre-foreclosure four years ago. After removing five layers of exterior, the 71-year-old uncovered a log home that was basically untouched since 1704. Since then, he’s completely restored it, taking it apart and rebuilding it from scratch, even hand-hewing the logs with a 200-year-old broadax. He says he wants to put the house on the National Register of Historic Places because it represents “the beginning of our country.”
STRANGER IN CAR
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman leaving work for the day found a stranger sleeping in her car and the man later told deputies he didn’t know why he was there. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports the woman called the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office when she found the man in her car. He was still in the car when deputies arrived and told them he didn’t know how or why he ended up in the car. The 36-year-old man was charged with trespassing.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City’s zoo is celebrating the 50th birthday of one of its most popular residents: a Sumatran orangutan named Toba. Officials say she’s the zoo’s longest-living mammal and the oldest zoo-born orangutan in North America. She was born at a Berlin zoo in 1967 and arrived in Oklahoma City in 1975. The zoo hosted a birthday party Sunday, offering guests many of Toba’s favorite fruits including lychee, durian and jackfruit. Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered. Scientists estimate less than 15,000 are left in the forests of Indonesia. Habitat loss, driven primarily by the cultivation of palm oil, is the main threat.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A report says a 101-year-old runner from Louisiana has set the woman’s world record in the 100-yard dash for her age group. The Advocate reports Julia Hawkins set the record in the 100-yard dash for women 100 and older, clocking 39.62 seconds at this year’s National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama. She also competed in the 50-yard dash, besting competitors as young as 90 while earning the nickname “Hurricane” Hawkins. Hawkins began competing in bicycling events in senior games at age 75 and took up running at her children’s urging. She trains by bicycling around her Baton Rouge neighborhood and tending bonsai trees. Her next event is this month’s USA Track and Field Masters Outdoor Championships.
MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR-PRISON
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The newest students of the director of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir have the talent you would expect to be honed under the guidance of an experienced music teacher. But they come from an unlikely source — Utah State Prison. Director Mack Wilberg spent months helping members of the prison’s Wasatch Music School prepare for a spring recital in June. The inmates performed with instruments donated by the community and sang gospel, country and rock songs. Many audience members said the recital exceeded their expectations. He said “I didn’t know what to expect, but that first time I … looked at all these inmates — I know they have had challenges in their lives — and to see them come together (to sing), I was moved by that.”
CHICAGO (AP) — Northwestern University officials say one of its institutes has become among the first in the Chicago area to open a gender-neutral, multi-stall bathroom on a college campus. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that it was opened recently at Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. It’s next to a single-stall gender-neutral bathroom and a multi-stall, female-only restroom. The institute’s associate director says she hopes it’s “an inspiration” to other schools and institutions.