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Cynthia Nixon campaign email misspells Ithaca

The gubernatorial campaign of actress and activist Cynthia Nixon learned a hard lesson about New York state geography when it misspelled the name of the city of Ithaca in an email to supporters.The Democrat’s campaign repeatedly spelled the city “Ithica” in Friday’s email, which invited voters to an event with Nixon on Sunday in the upstate city.

Nixon is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in this year’s Democratic primary. A Cuomo campaign aide ridiculed the mistake, tweeting that while Nixon’s “Sex and the City” character may have never left Manhattan, someone auditioning for governor should be able to hire better writers.

A Nixon spokeswoman says the email was sent in error. She provided a photo of a campaign worker writing “Ithaca” correctly several dozen times on a dry erase board.

(AP)

Two melons sell for record $30,000 in Japan

Two melons grown in a prized region in Japan sold for a record-breaking price at a wholesale market’s fruit auction. The melons, grow in Yubari, Hokkaido, sold for $29,436.80 at the Sapporo market, besting the $13,798.50 fetched by a pair of melons sold at the auction last year and the $27,597 record set in 2016.

Shinya Noda, the winning bidder and president of fruit and vegetable packaging company Hokuyu Pack, said he wanted to make a large gesture to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his company. “I wanted to make a record-setting bid by all means,” he told the Mainichi Shimbun. Noda said the melons will go on display until the end of the month, when they will be cut up and distributed as free samples to market customers.

A total of 507 melons from Yubari were auctioned Saturday, the city’s agricultural cooperative said.

(UPI)

Surfer rescues drowning pigeon at Florida beach

A compassionate surfer at a Florida beach was caught on camera rescuing a drowning pigeon and bringing it back to dry land. Nicole Fulwiler, who was visiting the beach in Venice with her children on Sunday, captured cellphone footage of the surfer paddling up to the drowning bird and allowing it to climb up on the front of his surfboard.

The man then paddled his board to shore and helped the pigeon find a safe spot to rest and dry off. Fulwiler said the beach was beset by harsh waves from a subtropical storm.

“It looked like it just got hit by a wave and couldn’t get back out,” she told WFTS-TV. “We didn’t think it was going to be a good outcome for the bird.” Fulwiler applauded the surfer’s kindness. “How often do we see somebody go out of their way for pigeon?” she said. “You know there’s so many of them, but to that pigeon it mattered.” She said her children learned a valuable lesson from witnessing the rescue. “Look for kindness in the world,” she said. “There are people who will go out of their way for a lowly pigeon.”

(UPI)

Dancing FBI agent accidentally shoots bar patron in Denver

An off-duty FBI agent dancing wildly at a downtown Denver bar accidentally shot a man in the leg when the agent tried to pick up a gun that fell from its holster as he performed a handstand, Denver police said. A bystander recorded video of the incident involving the unnamed agent, which authorities said took place early on Saturday at the Mile High Spirits and Distillery night spot, and the footage was shared widely online on Sunday.

In a statement, the Denver Police Department said the agent “was dancing at a night club when his firearm became dislodged from its waistband holster and fell onto the floor. When the agent retrieved his handgun an unintended discharge occurred.”

Another bar patron was hit by a bullet in a lower leg, sustaining a non-life-threatening injury, said the statement by a department spokeswoman, Marika Putnam. The agent was taken to police headquarters, Putnam said, and later released to an Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisor. The Denver District Attorney’s office will decide whether to press any charges against the agent.

Denver district attorney spokesman Ken Lane said by email on Sunday morning that the DA’s office had no comment as the incident remains under investigation by the Denver Police. Denver FBI spokeswoman Amy Sanders also said that Denver Police are leading the investigation and that it was a ‘personnel matter for the FBI.” She did not say how the FBI has or will discipline the agent.

(Reuters)

Snoop Dogg breaks Guinness record

Rapper Snoop Dogg took his 1993 hit “Gin and Juice” to the next level at a California music festival by mixing a record-breaking 132-gallon cocktail. Guinness World Records confirmed the gin and juice cocktail mixed up Saturday at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival by Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio was a new record for the world’s largest paradise cocktail.

The cocktail, which was mixed in a glass measuring 5 feet high and 3 feet wide, contained 180 bottles of Hendricks gin and a massive

load of juice donated for the attempt by Whole Foods. Snoop Dogg performed as a headliner on the second day of the festival.

(UPI)

 
 
 
 
 

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