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Sept. 16, 2008 at 6:00 AM
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Man dangled from building for an hour

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- New York police say a man who tried to help a relative who had locked herself out of her apartment wound up dangling by her sixth-story window ledge.

Police said the man, whose name was not released, used a rope to lower himself from the roof of the building but found the window he had planned to enter was locked and he was unable to climb the rope back to the roof, the New York Post reported Monday.

Officers said the man was dangling for more than an hour before they arrived, forced their way into the apartment and helped him in the window.

The building superintendent said the man was the brother of the apartment tenant while police said he was the tenant's son.


Pole judged World's Strongest Man

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Mariusz Pudzianowski of Poland was judged the World's Strongest Man in a contest in Charleston, W.Va., where athletes pulled a C-130 cargo plane.

It is the fifth time Pudzianowski and his 58-inch chest has earned the title, the Charleston Daily Mail reported Monday.

The contest ended Sunday with Derek Poundstone of Connecticut, Dave Ostlund of Minnesota and Charleston's own Phil Pfister finishing behind Pudzianowski in events such as plane pulling and lifting 350-pound stones onto platforms.

Mayor Danny Jones said the event, which attracted about 5,000 spectators was great for the athletes and for Charleston.

"They didn't get this kind of turnout last year in Anaheim (Calif.)," Jones said, noting it was "one of the best things that's happened in my life."

ESPN is to air the contest in installments beginning Dec. 28.


Utah school embracing migratory bats

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Graduates and workers at a high school in Salt Lake City say an annual migratory visit from a group of bats has become an honored tradition.

Former West High School student Kevin Hinerman said while migrating bats tend to find their way into the school's vents and, sometimes, hallways, their presence has evolved into a veritable tradition, The Salt Lake Tribune said Monday.

"If you go to the top floor at night after a dance or football game, sometimes you can hear them tussling around," Hinerman said. "It's fun. They're really not that big; smaller than a mouse."

School Principal Margery Parker said the bats' visit tends to last for three weeks each year and students have learned to embrace the animals, figuratively at least.

"It's only three weeks in the fall that we see them," Parker told the newspaper. "We do get a lot of bat jokes around here, though. And a lot of bat puns."

The Tribune said school officials, recognizing the difficulty in trying to change the bats' migratory route, has installed "bat condos" on the school's roof to offer the animals a temporary home on their annual journey.


Chick adopted by family cat

MIDDLETON, England, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- An Englishwoman says a young chick whose siblings were killed by a fox found an unlikely surrogate parent in the family cat.

Jane Etheridge, 69, of Middleton said one of her bantam hens hatched 14 chicks about 2 1/2 months ago but a visit by a fox to the henhouse left only three surviving hatchlings and two died soon after, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

Etheridge said the surviving chick, Gladys, was brought into the home she shares with her husband to recuperate from the traumatic experience and she almost immediately came under the protection of the family's 10-year-old cat, Snowy.

"Snowy cleaned her and washed her. Gladys is now about 2 1/2 months old and is our pet. She still comes into the house to play," Etheridge said. "She comes in and bounces up and down in front of Snowy and he just stands there and takes it and puts his arm around her.

"They are the best of friends, very much so, and when she first started going out she would not go unless they went together. They are a strange couple but we love them both very much."

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