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October 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM
COLFAX, Whitman County — Experts at Washington State University’s veterinary college are caring for a cold, hungry 11-foot python that a landlord found apparently abandoned in a rental house.
KREM-TV reports the Colfax landlord called Whitman County sheriff’s deputies for help. They called WSU in nearby Pullman.
The veterinary experts captured the snake Tuesday night. They say it’s slightly undernourished at 22 pounds. And they add that the cold-blooded creature suffered moderate burns when it curled up around a heater at the rental property in an effort to stay warm.
Vet school officials say it’s the second time in a month that law enforcement officers have asked for help catching a large snake.
September 13, 2013 at 6:45 AM
Mount McKinley not measuring up? The highest mountain in North America may be 83 feet shorter than the estimated 20,320-foot measurement from the early 1950s. The latest figure — 20,237 feet – still leaves McKinley, also known as Denali, the tallest in North America. Canada’s Mount Logan is in second place at 19,557.
Face recognition software will be tested at a hockey game in Kennewick next week for the Department of Homeland Security. As if we don’t already have enough government tracking.
Sex offenders at the fair: Three of them were fired after Washington State Fair officials did a background check and discovered that the guys had records. All three were level 1 offenders, considered the least-likely to reoffend. The News Tribune has the story.
Snakes on a plane: OK, it’s one small python, and it wasn’t on a plane but in an Issaquah High School classroom when it got out of its tank. The critter isn’t venomous, but it still can give you the willies. KING5 has the story.
UW prez gets a pay bump: It was only $22,000, which may seem a lot to some of us, but given that Michael Young was already pulling in more than a half-million dollars … Just saying.
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August 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Weather: A bit chillier than it has been with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s this week. What’s up with that? It’s August for goodness sake. At least no rain is forecast for anytime soon. A bit cloudy this morning, but the sun could peek through this afternoon. Gee, thanks… The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: A water main has broken in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons in the area. The gushing water is partially closing 1st Avenue South, reducing it to one northbound lane between Holgate and Edgar Martinez Way, KING 5 reports. The closure could last 8 to 12 hours. See the traffic map and cams.
Applying for Zoo Doo starts tomorrow: Wednesday marks the start of application process for the yearly Fall Fecal Fest of composted animal, uh, poop at the Woodland Park Zoo. You can enter online for a chance to purchase Zoo Doo, according t0 one of our news partners PhinneyWood.com. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing. If you can’t enter online, you can also enter by sending in a postcard. Online and postcard submissions accepted Aug. 22 – Sept. 7, 2012, with pick up for winners September 22 – October 8, 2012.
The word’s “#Top this for our 50th” now adorn the roof of the Space Needle. We weren’t sure what that meant, but now the cat’s out of the bag. The Space Needle folks are offering a “Top Off Our 50th challenge by asking fans to provide design and color submissions for the roof of the landmark Seattle structure. The winner will see his or her design painted on the roof of the 605-foot-tall Needle as part of its 50th anniversary.
A Kent teacher died a month after being hit by car in her own driveway. KING5 has the story.
Here’s one way to get into an Applebee’s: A woman in her 70s trying to park her car outside an Applebee’s in Bellingham mistakenly hit the gas peddle and, you guessed it, smashed her small car into the restaurant’s front door. No one was hurt, except her car and the door.
Olympic gold medalist to return: Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, who won two gold medals at the London Olympics, is scheduld to return to Bremerton tomorrow with several appearances on the lineup. The Kitsap Sun has some details.
Cowen Park python: So what’s happened to the Burmese python that got loose in Seattle’s Cowen Park a while back? No sightings? No dogs or cats missing? By the way, has anyone found it a bit odd that a homeless person takes care of a 7-foot snake? We’re working on a follow-up.
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