The Odd Side – November 21, 2017

Zoo Throwing Farewell Party for Beloved Gorilla

BOSTON (AP) – A Boston zoo is holding a farewell party for a beloved gorilla that’s heading to another zoo in New Orleans to start his own family.

Officials at the Franklin Park Zoo will be celebrating Okpara, a 24-year-old male Western lowland gorilla affectionately called “Okie.” He will soon be heading to the Audubon Zoo in Louisiana.

The Boston zoo is inviting patrons to sign a farewell card, enjoy free cake and learn about gorilla conservation.

Okie’s move is part of the zoo’s participation in the national Gorilla Species Survival Plan, an inter-zoo program meant to ensure survival of the species.

Western lowland gorillas are considered critically endangered in the wild. They’re found in Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo, Angola, Central African Republic and Nigeria.

Oh, Man! Town Drops ‘Men’ From Name of Its Governing Board

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts town has removed the word “men” from the name of its governing body.

Brookline approved changing the Board of Selectmen to the Select Board at a Town Meeting vote. The title “selectman” has been replaced with “select board member.”

The five-member panel includes two women.

The Boston Globe reports the measure also requires the use of gender-neutral language in town documents and communications.

The changes were proposed by a member of the town’s Commission for Diversity Inclusion & Community Relations.

Commission member Alex Coleman says the measure is intended to help reflect a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Coleman says similar changes have been made in Newton and Amherst.

California Woman Leads Officers On Second Chase in Two Days

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities say the same woman led officers on vehicle chases through Southern California on back-to-back days.

The Orange County Register reports that a day after leading officers from Orange County into the Los Feliz area, a woman led officers on a second chase.

The chase went onto freeways and streets before the car became stuck in traffic at an intersection. The woman was pulled from the car.

The Los Angeles Police Department says officers tried to pull over the driver for possibly being under the influence.

Authorities say they chased the same woman Tuesday for allegedly violating a restraining order but called off the pursuit for safety reasons.

Jail records say the woman was booked at the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley Station on suspicion of evading arrest and was released after posting bail.

Small Town Connecticut Election Decided by Coin Toss

BOLTON, Conn. (AP) – An election for the governing board of a small Connecticut town has been decided by a coin toss.

The Journal-Inquirer reports that Republican Michael Eremita kept his seat on Bolton’s five-member Board of Selectmen with a coin-toss win over Democratic challenger Kim Miller.

Both received 718 votes in the recent election.

Under the town charter, tied elections can be decided by a special election or a coin toss. Eremita and Miller agreed on the latter because a special election could have cost up to $3,000.

Eremita, Miller, and Town Clerk Elizabeth Waters all flipped coins. Eremita won because he and Waters both tossed tails. Miller came up heads.

Eremita’s victory gave the board in the town of about 5,000 residents, located 10 miles east of Hartford, a 3-2 Republican advantage.