Odd Side – June 18, 2019

Road Closes When Bee Boxes Fall Off University Truck

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Traffic was disrupted in a Washington state city when boxes holding thousands of bees fell off a truck.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the boxes fell off a Washington State University truck in Pullman.

Pullman police took a call on the accident shortly after 7:30 a.m.

Police Chief Gary Jenkins says an officer at the scene described thousands of bees buzzing through the air while university employees put on protective gear and picked up the boxes.

A road was closed until just before 10:00 a.m.

The WSU Department of Entomology has a breeding program and research lab to study and protect bee populations.

Alligator Blocks Runway at Air Force Base in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Staff at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to bring in a front-end loader to remove an alligator that was lounging on a runway.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the large reptile was spotted on a MacDill Air Force Base flight line. The base shared a photo of the creature on social media, saying the friendly alligator was just “preparing for take-off.”

MacDill spokesman 2nd Lt. Brandon Hanner says alligator sightings are common around the base, which is located on Tampa Bay. He says the alligator probably surfaced from one the base’s bodies of water.

The wing safety office’s wildlife manager organized the animal’s removal, scooping it into the bucket of the loader.

Coin Toss Settles Rare Philippine Election Tie

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine election officials settled a rare tie in a mayoral race by tossing a coin.

They proclaimed Sue Cudilla the new mayor of the town of Araceli in western Palawan province after she won a best-of-three coin flip by picking tails.

Both Cudilla, a former mayor, and her rival, incumbent Noel Beronio, received 3,495 votes in the election. They agreed to the classic tie-breaker, which officials said is acceptable although local rules specify the drawing of lots.

Elections Commissioner Luie Tito Guia said a coin toss was also used to settle another mayoral tie in 2016.

More than 43,500 candidates vied for about 18,000 congressional and local posts, including 81 governors, 1,634 mayors and more than 13,500 city and town councilors in 81 provinces in the May 13 elections in the Philippines, one of Asia’s most rambunctious democracies.

Self-Driving Vehicle Pulled Over By Curious Police Officer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A self-driving shuttle got pulled over by police on its first day carrying passengers on a new Rhode Island route.

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said an officer pulled over the odd-looking autonomous vehicle because he had never seen one before.

“It looked like an oversize golf cart,” Clements said.

The vehicle, operated by Michigan-based May Mobility, was dropping off passengers at Providence’s Olneyville Square when a police cruiser arrived with blinking lights and a siren.

It was just hours after the public launch of a state-funded pilot for a shuttle service called “Little Roady.” The shuttle offers free rides on a 12-stop urban loop that links to a train station. Each vehicle holds six people, including an attendant who takes control when the self-driving technology falls short, such as on difficult left turns with oncoming traffic.

Clements said the curious police officer had a cordial conversation with the attendant and didn’t issue any tickets or warnings.

A co-founder of May Mobility said the pilot is partly about learning how the vehicle can coexist with Providence’s pedestrians, motorists and, yes, police officers.

During a one-year pilot, the service will be free to riders. May Mobility’s contract with Rhode Island includes options to extend the service for two more years.