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■ Ru­pal Mor­jaria, an oph­thal­mol­o­gist, and two other doc­tors at a hospi­tal in Soli­hull, Eng­land, re­ported find­ing 27 con­tact lenses clumped to­gether in a “blueish mass” lodged around a 67-year-old pa­tient’s eye when she was be­ing prepped for cataract surgery.

■ Daniel Simp­son, an an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer in Spring­field, Mass., said he first planned to use a shovel to kill a tim­ber rat­tlesnake found out­side a house but in­stead cap­tured it us­ing a pil­low­case and a net so it could be re­lo­cated af­ter he found out the snake is a pro­tected species.

■ Louis Pan­none, a po­lice lieu­tenant in Green­wich, Conn., called on “peo­ple to be re­spon­si­ble” af­ter thieves stole six cars from peo­ple’s drive­ways on the same night, each left parked by their own­ers un­locked with the keys still in­side.

■ Alex Mon­sour, an al­der­man in Vicks­burg, Miss., said city em­ploy­ees are be­ing barred from watch­ing tele­vi­sion or us­ing per­sonal cell­phones dur­ing busi­ness hours af­ter a flood of cit­i­zen com­plaints about work­ers tex­ting and watch­ing TV for rea­sons not re­lated to work. ■ Lila Szo­jka, 13, of Mid­dle­burg Heights, Ohio, re­ceived a na­tional Girl Scout award for us­ing a newly learned skill, the Heim­lich ma­neu­ver, to save her grand­mother, Laura Noar, af­ter she be­gan chok­ing when some food lodged in her throat as the two ate at a restau­rant. ■ Michael Wil­liams, a judge in Napa County, Calif., agreed to re­sign from his post, ef­fec­tive in De­cem­ber, af­ter be­ing cen­sured by state of­fi­cials for swip­ing two art deco-style busi­ness card hold­ers dur­ing a 2016 din­ner held in San Fran­cisco by a mat­ri­mo­nial lawyer’s as­so­ci­a­tion.

■ Charles Leuzzi, 97, who left high school in his ju­nior year to fight in World War II, where he earned two Pur­ple Hearts and four Bronze Star medals, was pre­sented with an hon­orary diploma by the Philadel­phia School District. ■ Bruce Redding, 66, of St. Louis re­turned from the gym to find on top of his house a wrecked SUV, whose trapped driver had to be ex­tri­cated by fire­fight­ers af­ter the ve­hi­cle hit an em­bank­ment, went air­borne and crash-landed on the house’s roof.

■ Bar­bara Rogers, 42, of Cool­baugh Township, Pa., faces a crim­i­nal homi­cide charge af­ter telling po­lice she shot her boyfriend in the fore­head when he asked her to kill him be­cause he thought the leader of a cult they be­longed to was a rep­tile pos­ing as a hu­man, au­thor­i­ties said.

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