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■ Amanda Hess, a Ken­tucky ob­ste­tri­cian, was at a Frank­fort hos­pi­tal pre­par­ing to give birth when she heard about an emer­gency case down the hall, put on a sur­gi­cal gown and booties, and went to help Leah Hal­l­i­day-John­son de­liver a baby girl, then gave birth her­self just hours later.

■ Nigel Blair, a re­sort man­ager in Fort Laud­erdale, Fla., wants to know why author­i­ties didn’t ar­rest John Kier­nan af­ter the 37-yearold for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer was seen on se­cu­rity video punch­ing and knock­ing out a park­ing at­ten­dant dur­ing a dis­pute over an $18 charge.

■ Doug Eg­gi­man, fire chief in Mid­way, S.C., said two 12-year-old girls float­ing in a raft off DeBordieu Beach were bit­ten by a small shark that jumped aboard and thrashed about, send­ing one girl to the hos­pi­tal with a bite wound on her thigh.

■ Louise Fried­lan­der yelled “Tessa, it’s Mama!” when she was re­united with her York­shire ter­rier that dis­ap­peared 8 years ago in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and was found wan­der­ing 11 miles away by an­i­mal shel­ter work­ers who scanned its mi­crochip.

■ Douglas Swartz, the po­lice chief in Canal Ful­ton, Ohio, said he learned that his busi­ness card had been used to snort heroin, af­ter a passer-by found a woman un­con­scious and took the rolled-up card and spilled pow­der to the po­lice sta­tion seek­ing help.

■ Jor­dan Patch, owner of the An­i­mal Ad­ven­ture Park in Harpursville, N.Y., said a 3-foot al­li­ga­tor cap­tured by work­ers near a fair­grounds and be­lieved to be an es­caped pet will get the care it de­serves when it goes on ex­hibit at the pri­vately owned zoo.

■ L’Jean McKneely, a Ba­ton Rouge po­lice sergeant, said it’s un­likely that a woman, beaten bloody by her hus­band, will face crim­i­nal charges af­ter the hus­band, who was cling­ing to the cab, fell off the box truck she was es­cap­ing in and was crushed un­der its wheels.

■ Robert Mays, who pleaded guilty to steal­ing more than $250,000 from a New Jer­sey child cen­ter to buy lux­ury goods, in­clud­ing a Maserati, was sen­tenced to 18 months in fed­eral prison and or­dered to pay resti­tu­tion. ■ Ben­net Johns, a rookie po­lice of­fi­cer in Lau­rel, Md., re­spond­ing to a call at a gro­cery store where a 20-yearold woman was ac­cused of shoplift­ing, paid for two packs of di­a­pers for her tod­dler, say­ing he was touched by her predica­ment be­cause he was raised by a sin­gle mother.

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