South Africa:Sowetoresident shows offher snakes
JOHANNESBURG — Tourists havelong ﬂocked to the home-turned-muse-um of former President Nelson Mandelaon Vilakazi Street, a lively strip of restaurants, curio sellers and street per-formers in the South African townshipof Soweto. Now the area has a growingattraction: big snakes, and lots of them.Resident Lindiwe Mngomezuluallows curiosity-seekers to get a close-up look at the non-venomous snakesshe keeps in her home, and she drapesthem over tourists’shoulders for a smallfee. She and her 19-year-old daughter,Nolwandle Duma, started raising snakesthree years ago after going to see asnake show and coming awayimpressed.Mngomezulu, 55, has two albinopythons, a Burmese python, a boa con-strictor, an anaconda and a corn snake.It costs about $30 a week to feed them.She and Duma also own a bearded drag-on lizard and two spiders.They show off their snakes in theirVilakazi Street home, where tourists andlocal schoolchildren have become regu-lars. Mngomezulu said many have sinceovercome their fear of reptiles, whichshe described as harmless if handledwith care. She urged people not to thinkof snakes as a menace.“People are killing snakes everyday,” Mngomezulu said. “That’s notright.”Her smallest snake, the corn snake,measures 1.2 meters (3.9 feet). TheBurmese python is 3 meters (9.8 feet)long and, at 30 kilograms (66 pounds),is her heaviest snake.Mngomezulu said her goal is toexpand her snake show beyond Soweto.She is awaiting a permit that wouldallow her to take her snakes to non-res-idential areas and hopes money raisedcan help her to buy more snakes and getformal training from a recognized asso-ciation. She is registered with the WestRand Herpetological Association, alocal club for reptile lovers.Andre Lourens, the association’schairman, said Mngomezulu’s show hasbeen instrumental in dispelling thefalse notion that all snakes are danger-ous.“They are no more dangerous thanany dogs running down the streets, if you take into consideration the amountof dog bites here in South Africa or num-ber of people hit by lightning,”Lourens said.
Ohio man,87,skydivesto aid sick great-grandson
WAYNESVILLE, Ohio — An 87-year-old World War II veteran has parachutedfrom a plane in an Ohio to support hisailing great-grandson.Clarence Turner of Fairﬁeld made the jump Saturday with an instructor. Hesays he wanted to generate attention forthe plight of 10-month-old JulianCouch, who suffers from a lung diseasethat could require a transplant.WLWTof Cincinnati reports thatJulian is hospitalized in Columbus. Afundraiser is planned for June 2.Turner also made a jump at age 85 tofulﬁll a goal to experience freefallingand landing as he did in the Army. Heserved from 1944-47, and his last jumpwas in Japan.
For Philadelphiabicyclist,a cat is his co-pilot
PHILADELPHIA— For bicyclist RudiSaldia, you could say a cat is his co-pilot.Saldia often buzzes aroundPhiladelphia with his year-old felineMary Jane perched on his shoulder.Their urban adventures have turnedheads on the street and garnered big hitson YouTube.The 26-year-old bike courier didn’tintend to become Internet-famous. Heoriginally shot footage of the outingsonly to prove to his mom that he wastaking Mary Jane - nicknamed MJ - fora spin.“She said, `No way! You’re not takingyour cat out for the ride,’which is thereaction I still get even after people seethis video,” Saldia said.Saldia used a GoPro sports cameramounted on his bike to capture imagesof him and MJ, a brown and black tabbywith bright yellow eyes. She seems totake the trips in stride, even nuzzlingher owner as he pedals, though she getsa bit spooked by sirens and buses.
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Singer GladysKnight is 69.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The 54th Massachusetts VolunteerInfantry Regiment, made up of freedblacks, left Boston to ﬁght for theUnion in the Civil War.
“Intelligence rules the world,ignorance carries the burden.”
— Marcus Garvey,Jamaican black nationalist (1887-1940)
Former NYC MayorRudolph Giuliani is69.U.S.Sen.MarcoRubio,R-Fla.,is 42.
A worker arranges Romania’s national ﬂag during a Guinness World Record attempt for the world’s biggest national ﬂag inClinceni,near Bucharest,Romania.
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(Answers tomorrow)VERGE ROBIN REVERTFABRICYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Congress designated that Memorial Day would always bethe last Monday in May so that we’d — NEVER FORGETNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer,declared the marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to AnneBoleyn valid.
, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.
the Senate Commerce Committee issued its reporton the Titanic disaster that cited a “state of absolute unpre-paredness,” improperly tested safety equipment and an “indif-ference to danger” as some of the causes of an “unnecessarytragedy.”
, the ﬁrst all-color talking picture, “On with theShow,” opened in New York.
, the Dionne quintuplets — Annette, Cecile, Emilie,Marie and Yvonne — were born to Elzire Dionne at the fami-ly farm in Ontario, Canada.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed a buttonin Washington signaling that vehicular trafﬁc could begincrossing the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.Neville Chamberlain became prime minister of Britain.
during World War II, the Belgian army surrenderedto invading German forces.
, the U.S. Army launched Able, a rhesus monkey, andBaker, a squirrel monkey, aboard a Jupiter missile for a subor-bital ﬂight which both primates survived.
Amnesty International had its beginnings with thepublication of an article in the British newspaper TheObserver, “The Forgotten Prisoners.”
165 people were killed when ﬁre raced through theBeverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky.
to the embarrassment of Soviet ofﬁcials, MathiasRust, a young West German pilot, landed a private plane inMoscow’s Red Square without authorization. (Rust was freedby the Soviets the following year.)
comic actor Phil Hartman of “Saturday Night Live”and “NewsRadio” fame was shot to death at his home inEncino, Calif., by his wife, Brynn, who then killed herself.Rockabilly singer-musician Sonny Burgess is 84. ActressCarroll Baker is 82. Producer-director Irwin Winkler is 82.Actor John Karlen is 80. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Jerry Westis 75. Actress Beth Howland is 72. Actress-director SondraLocke is 69. Singer Billy Vera is 69. Singer John Fogerty is68. Country musician Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss and UnionStation) is 57. Actor Louis Mustillo is 55. U.S. Rep. MarkSanford, R-S.C.., is 53. Actor Brandon Cruz (TV: “TheCourtship of Eddie’s Father”) is 51. Country singer PhilVassar is 49. Actress Christa Miller is 49.
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The Daily Derby race winners are Gold Rush,No.1,in ﬁrst place;Lucky Star,No.2,in second place;and Money Bags,No.11,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:42.69.
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