White House grows on budding entrepreneur, 11
USA: The president got what you might call a grassroots display of support at the White House, welcoming an 11-year-old Virginia boy who offered to help cut the lawn.
President Donald Trump high-fived Frank Giaccio, who lives in the Washington suburb of Falls Church.
The White House says Frank wrote to Trump to say he admires the president’s business acumen and runs his own neighbourhood lawn-care business.
Frank was so focused on pushing the lawn mower, he didn’t notice Trump had emerged to greet him until the president was next to him in the Rose Garden.
Trump says Frank is “the future of the country” and will soon be “very famous”.
Frank said he wants to be a Navy Seal, to which Trump exclaimed: “He’ll make it.”
USA: A Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he threatened a judge by sending her a letter including a picture of cannibal Hannibal Lecter.
Gregg Tchirkow, aged 38, claimed at a hearing this week that the picture was a “cry for help” and a way to tell the court he needed psychiatric help when transitioning from prison to freedom.
Lecter is the criminally insane psychiatrist in the film The Silence of the Lambs.
Westmoreland County Judge Meagan Bilik-Defazio sent Tchirkow to prison in 2015 for growing marijuana in his home.
Prosecutors contend the letter was sent in retaliation and to terrorise the judge.
Tchirkow promised to fight the charges at trial, saying he knew he was “doomed from the beginning” because a judge is the alleged victim.
SCOTLAND: A giant iguana more than 5ft long is being cared for by animal welfare experts after he was rescued from a lay-by.
The Scottish SPCA was called out on Tuesday after a man found the reptile in a lay-by next to the A702 in the Borders. The reptile is now being cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s centre in Lanarkshire where staff have named him Iggy.
ENGLAND: A seal who got a Frisbee trapped round her neck has finally had it removed after half a year.
The Atlantic grey seal, nicknamed Mrs Frisbee, became weaker as the plastic disc cut into her as she grew, but no-one could get near her to help. Mrs Frisbee was finally caught at Horsey beach, around 12 miles north of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on Thursday and taken to an RSPCA centre where she is recovering.
Peter Ansell, chairman of the volunteer group, said: “We’ve been aware of it for getting on for six months, but have been unable to catch it.
“My guess is a family was playing with the frisbee at the water’s edge, wind blowing, and it’s gone into the sea.
“They’ve lost it and that ended up floating there ‘til poor Mrs Frisbee stuck her head through it.”
ENGLAND: A tiny dog had to be rescued by a specialist firefighter when it got its head stuck in a biscuit jar.
The pug and chihuahua cross-breed puppy — known as a chug — got into trouble as it tried to eat up the final crumbs in the jar at its home in Wavell Road, Southampton, Hampshire.
Animal rescue tactical adviser Anton Phillips said: “It was strange being able to see the animal’s doleful expression through the glass.”
Fight for night sky
USA: Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way.
The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the US would fill a chunk of a sparsely populated region that contains night skies so pristine that interstellar dust clouds are visible in the Milky Way.Nearby towns, county and federal officials, and a conservation group are working to apply to designate 1,400sq miles as a reserve, but they will have to limit light pollution.
USA: Here’s a very tall tail: Two record-setting cats are living together near Detroit.
Arcturus Aldebaran Powers holds the Guinness World Records mark for tallest domestic cat, measuring about 19in, and housemate Cygnus Regulus Powers holds the record for the domestic cat with the longest tail, at more than 17in.
The cats, both about two years old, live in Farmington Hills with Will and Lauren Powers.
USA: Police say two people dressed as ninjas broke into
a New Jersey apartment building and set several fires.
Newark police officials say the unidentified man and woman broke in through a second-floor apartment. It was reported that there is video showing the two exiting through a side entrance and running off down a hill.
Resident Melissa Ditonto says the alarm alerted everyone to the fire and many people evacuated. Police say the building’s sprinkler system quickly doused the flames. No one was injured.