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Nov. 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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Former mayor erects statue of himself

FLINT, Mich., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Former Mayor of Flint, Mich., Don Williamson erected a statue of himself outside his new Davison Township home, neighbors say.

The statue, along with six bronze lion statues outside the gated entrance to his home within the past month, The Flint (Mich.) Journal Thursday.

Etched on the back of the base of the statue is: "The Colonel's Inc. Founded by Donald J. Williamson May 10, 1984. His motto 'Success is the best revenge.'"

"I think it's funny," said neighbor Amy Duncan. "It's ridiculous."

Duncan's husband Ryan said they wondered what other work Williamson would do at the property.

"I said, 'What's he doing, building a moat?'" Ryan Duncan joked. "It's a joke. Someone is going to do something to that statue."

Crocodile terrorizing Gaza Strip

GAZA, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A crocodile has been roaming the sewers below Gaza Strip, and efforts to capture it have so far been unsuccessful, officials say.

The crocodile, which is more than 5 feet long, has been living in the sewers for about two years, al-Arabiya reported Sunday.

"The crocodile most likely escaped from one of the nearby zoos and sought refuge in the sewers," said Rajab al-Ankah, head of the Northern Gaza Sewage Station."

Ankah said the crocodile has escaped capture several times.

"The nets were set up to capture the crocodile, but it managed to escape. The slippery ground in the area around the swamps near Beit Lahia in northern Gaza made the escape easier and the crocodile disappeared once more," he said.

Concern over the crocodile has been heightened after it came out of the sewer and ate two goats on a farm.

Local residents are scared the reptile may begin attacking humans if it is not captured soon.

Late-blooming butterfly gets flight

ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A lone late-blooming monarch butterfly is getting a free trip from New York to Texas after missing its species' migration earlier this year.

The butterfly was first discovered in late September when it was still mid-metamorphosis, a mere caterpillar hanging upside down, by Maraleen Manos-Jones in her garden in Albany, N.Y., the Albany Times Union reported.

Manos-Jones, a self-styled butterfly expert, said she first expected the butterfly to emerge damaged, as they often do when slow to develop.

"Instead she came out fabulously," said Manos-Jones. "She's big, she's hearty, she's healthy."

Monarch butterflies are known for making a migration from the Northeast, Pacific Northwest and Canada to Mexico every fall and spring.

Manos-Jones said she knew the butterfly would die if it tried to make its migration south on its own it would die, so she started making phone calls, looking for a way transport the butterfly south to complete its migration.

Southwest Airlines, her first call, agreed to fly both Manos-Jones and the butterfly to San Antonio.

"Southwest's conservation efforts run deep, and after thoughtful consideration, we decided to assist the healthy butterfly down to San Antonio, knowing that it wouldn't make the migration otherwise," said Brooks Thomas, a Southwest spokesman, citing the airlines' concerns for climate change.

"Even one butterfly makes a difference," he said.

The butterfly and Manos-Jones will head to San Antonio on Monday.

15 Canadian oil workers share $25M jackpot

EDSON, Alberta, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A group of Canadian oil workers say they hit the lottery equivalent of a gusher.

While Western Canada Lottery Corp. has not officially confirmed the winning ticket, the 15 workers who chipped in expect to share the $25 million lotto jackpot. It will work out to more than $1.6 million each, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Sunday.

One winner, Keith Gould, said he's been buying lotto tickets for years.

"Always be a believer," said Gould, who intends to pay off his home mortgage.

The CBC said another $25 million ticket was sold in British Columbia.

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