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  |   Feb. 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM
Ducklings rescued from Fla. storm drain

CARROLLWOOD, Fla., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said it took a sheriff's deputy, five firefighters and a public works employee to rescue eight ducklings from a storm drain.

Neighbors at Pine Lake Garden Villas in Carrollwood saw eight of 11 ducklings, swimming with their mother Sunday morning, fall through slats in a grate on the drain, the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times reported Monday.

Authorities were called after witness Belen Artidello was unable to lift the grate on her own.

The deputy, firefighters and works employee Donoban Brown went to the scene. Brown used a big mechanical arm to pull out the grate and its surrounding concrete but the rescuers suffered a setback when the ducklings retreated into a small drain pipe.

The rescuers lured the little ducks out with bread but they soon fled back into the pipe.

The ducklings were eventually coaxed out of the pipe and a firefighter blocked its opening by dropping his jacket into the drain.

Capt. Sean Duncan was then lowered into the drain and collected the ducklings in a cat carrier. The babies were reunited with their mother.


Turkish man cured of blood addiction

DENIZLI, Turkey, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A Turkish man whose symptoms were described as clinical vampirism has recovered following two years of treatment, a doctor said.

Dr. Direnc Sakarya of Denizli Military Hospital and his research team said the 23-year-old man, who was the subject of a report in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in 2011, no longer suffers from the post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative identity disorder that led to his cravings for human blood, Today's Zaman reported Monday.

Sakarya said the man's vampire-like activities began with drinking his own blood and eventually led to several arrests for stabbing and biting others to drink their blood.

The team said the man's illness stemmed from traumatic events including the death of his 4-month-old daughter from illness and witnessing a friend kill a man by cutting off his head and penis.

The man would emerge from his blood-craving states with no memory of his actions, the doctors said.

"Possibly due to 'switching' to another personality state, he was losing track during the 'bloody' events, did not care who the victim was anymore, and remained amnesic to this part of his act," the report said.


About 160 renew vows at Loyola University

BALTIMORE, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Loyola University of Maryland said about 160 alumni reaffirmed their marriages for the third annual Valentine's Vow Renewal.

The school said the third annual event, organized by the alumni relations office and the campus ministry, featured couples who have been married for time periods ranging from more than 50 years to less than a year renewing their vows Sunday at the Alumni Memorial Chapel, The Baltimore Sun reported Monday.

"We say God is love," said the Rev. Frank Nash, Loyola's alumni chaplain. "All of these couples who pledged their undying love? That's God."

The school said the event was aimed both at keeping ties strong with alumni and spreading word of the chapel's availability for weddings.


Hitler's toilet in a New Jersey auto shop

FLORENCE, N.J., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The owner of a New Jersey auto shop said up to a dozen people stop by his business every month just to see his toilet, which once belonged to Adolf Hitler.

Greg Kohfeldt, owner of Kohfeldt's Auto Repair in Florence, said the toilet was installed by the previous owner of the shop in the 1950s and came from the German dictator's favorite yacht, the Aviso Grille, The Times, Trenton, N.J., reported Monday.

The yacht was commissioned in December 1934 and was taken by the British following World War II. The vessel was stripped down for scrap in the early 1950s and the toilet and sink ended up at the auto repair shop, which Kohfeldt purchased 19 years ago, the report said.

Kohfeldt said the toilet and sink would draw one or two visitors each month and the number jumps to six to 12 people a month whenever the items appear on TV or in print media.

The owner said he is planning to remodel his bathroom and put the Hitler toilet up for display.

"If someone actually had an interest in what is left of the sink and the toilet I would probably sell it," he said. "But they'd have to have an interest ... if someone is just going to offer me $100, it'll sit here forever."

Topics: Adolf Hitler
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