Camel escapes,attacks man in Southern California
PALMDALE, — Acamel escapedfrom an enclosure in a SouthernCalifornia high desert communityFriday, stomped a 72-year-old manwho tried to capture it, and chasedother people before it calmed downand was corralled.The camel escaped in the unincor-porated community of Acton and wasreported chasing cars shortly after8:30 a.m., Los Angeles County sher-iff’s officials said.“My dad ... tried to catch it and itmust have cornered him or some-thing, and it took off after him, bithim on the head and knocked himdown and stomped on him,” SkylarDossenbach told KCBS-TV. “Hecrawled under something and thecamel tried to pull him out from underit.”Her father was hospitalized andneeded stitches for a gash to hishead, she said. His name wasn’timmediately released.“Aneighbor came out and saw thecommotion and got the camel awayfrom him,” Dossenbach told KABC-TV. “And the camel actually startedchasing them, and they had to jumpin a car, and the camel was runningaround after everybody.”Dossenbach said she finally endedup capturing the camel.“I just put a halter on him, fed hima treat and he calmly walked down tomy round pen and I corralled him,”she said.The camel was seized by animalcontrol officials because the ownerdoes not have a permit and because of the injury, agency spokeswomanBetsy Webster said.The owner could be cited for endan-gering residents, sheriff’s officialssaid.Dossenbach said the camel andother animals, including a buffaloand an ostrich, previously escapedfrom the owner’s property, which shedescribed as a zoo. There have beenas many as five escapes this year, shesaid.Dossenbach said she believed noone lives on the property but a care-taker comes by daily to feed and waterthe animals.
Big,runaway snowball slams into college dorm
PORTLAND, Ore. — Two mathmajors at Reed College lost controlof a massive snowball that rolledinto a dorm, knocking in part of abedroom wall.There were no injuries, but collegespokesman Kevin Myers said Fridayit will cost $2,000 to $3,000 torepair the building.The incident happened lastSaturday night following a rare trioof snowstorms in Portland.Students started building the giantsnowball on a campus quad near thedorm. Urged by a crowd, the mathmajors tried to make the snowball asbig as possible by rolling it downthe sidewalk that goes past the dorm.“And the ball just got away fromthem,” Myers said.After escaping their control, theboulder-sized snowball rolled about15 yards before slamming into Unit(hash)7. Three students heard thesmack and discovered the fracturedbedroom wall. The student whosedorm was damaged has not had tomove.Nobody weighed the snowball, buta maintenance worker who sliced itup for removal estimated it to weigh800 pounds or more, Myers said.The students responsible for therunaway snowball reported the inci-dent and won’t be disciplined. Myerssaid they didn’t intend to cause dam-age and feel awful about what hap-pened. He declined to release theirnames and said he didn’t know theirclass years.Reed Magazine was first to reportabout the snowball.“It was not the talk of campus untilthe story came out,” Myers said.“The people that were there knewabout it, but now it has kind of takenus by storm.”
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Actress DeniseRichards is 43.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
During the Civil War, the Union shipUSS Housatonic was rammed and sunkin Charleston Harbor, S.C., by theConfederate hand-cranked submarineHLHunley, which also sank.
“Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.”
— George Sand,French author (1804-1876).
Michael Jordan is51.Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 33.
Colorful ﬂoats and decorations were on display as part of the Chinese New Years Parade on Saturday in San Francisco.
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, the International Red Cross was founded inGeneva.
, Columbia, S.C., burned as the Confederates evac-uated and Union forces moved in. (It’s not clear which sideset the blaze.)
, the forerunner of the National PTA, the NationalCongress of Mothers, convened its first meeting inWashington.
, the original two-act version of GiacomoPuccini’s opera “Madama Butterﬂy” received a poor recep-tion at its premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy.
, the Armory Show, a landmark modern art exhibit,opened in New York City.
, Newsweek magazine was first published byThomas J.C. Martyn under the title “News-Week.”
, during World War II, U.S. forces invaded EniwetokAtoll, encountering little initial resistance from ImperialJapanese troops. (The Americans secured the atoll less thana week later.)
, the Voice of America began broadcasting to theSoviet Union.
, the United States launched Vanguard 2, a satellitewhich carried meteorological equipment.
, the Supreme Court, in Wesberry v. Sanders, ruledthat congressional districts within each state had to beroughly equal in population.
, President Richard M. Nixon departed the WhiteHouse with his wife, Pat, on a historic trip to China.
, Lt. Col. William Higgins, a Marine Corps ofﬁcerserving with a United Nations truce monitoring group, waskidnapped in southern Lebanon by Iranian-backed terrorists(he was later slain by his captors).
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Actor Hal Holbrook is 89. Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is84. Singer Bobby Lewis is 81. Actor-comedian BarryHumphries (aka “Dame Edna”) is 80. Country singer-song-writer Johnny Bush is 79. Actress Christina Pickles is 79.Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 78. Actress Mary AnnMobley is 77. Actress Brenda Fricker is 69. Actress ReneRusso is 60. Actor Richard Karn is 58. Actor Lou DiamondPhillips is 52. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 51. TVpersonality Rene Syler is 51. Movie director Michael Bay is50. Singer Chante Moore is 47. Rock musician Timothy J.Mahoney (311) is 44. Actor Dominic Purcell is 44.
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