Body found behind wall
A maintenance worker called in to fix a broken toilet at a mall in the western city of Calgary on Monday made a gruesome discovery behind a wall: a body. The adult male body was found in the morning hours in the women’s washroom near a fourth floor food court at the Core shopping complex. Police said workers had removed a panel behind a self-flushing toilet to access the wall and determine why it was not working. Firefighters were called in to assist with the body’s removal. “Despite the circumstances of where the body was located, investigators do not suspect foul play and the death remains classified as undetermined,” Calgary police spokeswoman Emma Poole said.
Lost trucker tells ordeal
An Oregon trucker who spent days trying to hike out of a forest after taking a wrong turn said he was determined to make it home to his family. “I was walking as much as I could. I was in so much pain. I was shaking,” Jacob Cartwright told the Today television show in a clip aired on Monday. “I wanted to go home to my kids one way or another — hell or high water.” Oregon State Police said the 22-year-old covered about 23km over four days before he turned up dehydrated near the town of La Grande on Saturday. Cartwright was hauling potato chips when his tractor-trailer got stuck in an area with limited cellphone coverage.
Smugglers drop tiger cub
Smugglers left behind a live tiger cub in a duffel bag when they fled back to Mexico after attempting to cross the Rio Grande River into Texas. Customs and Border Protection officials on Tuesday said the male tiger, believed to be three or four months old, has been placed at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Border Patrol agents patrolling on Monday along the river near Brownsville saw three people trying to enter the country illegally. The trio abandoned a bag and returned to Mexico and officers discovered the cub stuffed in the bag, the agency said. Agent Robert Rodriguez said that the tiger appeared calm and was possibly sedated.
Philadelphia to paint bodies
The City of Brotherly Love apparently loves getting naked. The annual ride of naked bicyclists through Philadelphia’s streets has been so popular that organizers are teaming up with the artist behind New York City’s Bodypainting Day to launch their own body-painting event. Philly Bodypainting Day is to debut on Sept. 8, the day of the 10th Philly Naked Bike Ride. Nude public body painting is to take place before the bike ride starts.
Manatee harasser charged
A Florida man who allegedly slapped the water near a group of mating manatees has found himself being slapped with a harassment charge. A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report identified the culprit as Luis Miguel Perez, a 49-year-old fisherman in Key West. The Miami Herald reported that Officer Glen Way used his telephone to record the fisherman. It is illegal to poke, prod, pursue or feed manatees in Florida, and that includes giving them fresh water, splashing or making excessive noise. Mary Stella with the Dolphin Research Center said harassment is defined as “anything that alters the animal’s natural behavior.”
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic
BEYOND CULTURE: The US State Department was expected to announce that the Chinese government-funded institutes would have to register as foreign missions US President Donald Trump’s administration is increasing scrutiny of a long-established Chinese-government funded program that is dedicated to teaching Chinese language and culture in the US and other nations, the latest escalation of tensions with Beijing. The US Department of State was expected to announce as soon as yesterday that Confucius Institutes in the US — many of which are based on college campuses — would have to register as “foreign missions,” according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified. The designation would amount to a conclusion that the institutes are “substantially owned or effectively controlled” by