Odd Side – September 24, 2019

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! French Rooster Crows Over Court Win

PARIS (AP) – Maurice the rooster can keep crowing, a French court ruled Thursday, as it rejected a complaint from neighbors who sued over noise nuisance.

Maurice’s case and several other lawsuits against the sounds of cow bells, cicadas and the pungent smells from farms have prompted a national debate over how to protect rural culture from the encroachment of expectations of urban areas.

Maurice’s owner, Corinne Fesseau, will be able to keep the rooster on the small island of Oleron, off France’s Atlantic coast, the court decided. The frustrated neighbors are considering an appeal.

Maurice’s dawn crowing is exasperating Fesseau’s neighbors, a retired couple who moved to the island two years ago. They asked the court to make the animal move farther away, or shut up.

Instead, the judge in the southwest city of Rochefort ordered them to pay 1,000 euros ($1,005) in damages to Fesseau for reputational harm, plus court costs.

4-Year-Old Makes Sign to Protect Covered Bridge From Damage

LYNDON, Vt. (AP) – A 4-year-old Vermont boy has posted a colorful, handmade sign to warn drivers about a beloved covered bridge’s height and weight limits in an effort to ensure the structure isn’t damaged again.

In May, a food delivery truck that was too large caused more than $50,000 in damage to the Miller’s Run Bridge in Lyndon, built in 1878..

The damage to the bridge saddened Dela Stoddard-McGrath, of Wheelock, who uses the bridge on his way to and from preschool, the Caledonian Record reported.

“He wanted to check up on it all summer long to see the progress and when it was going to open,” Henekis Stoddard, Dela’s mother, said.

After the bridge reopened in August, Dela made his sign “to make cars not hurt the bridge,” the boy said. He and a town official posted the temporary sign on the bridge.

The sign warns, in an array of colors and in the young child’s handwriting: “Stop! Back up if you’re more than 11’ 9” or 16,000 pounds.”

9-Pound, 11-Ounce Tennessee Baby Is Born on 9/11 at 9:11

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – A Mississippi couple welcomed a 9-pound, 11-ounce baby into the world on 9/11, at 9:11 p.m., bringing a spot of light to a day darkened by memories of the 2001 terror attacks.

The Commercial Appeal reports Christina Malone-Brown was born at a hospital in Germantown, Tennessee.

Christina’s father, Justin Brown, says bystanders joked his family should play the lottery. He says the doctor kept saying “Oh my, I’ve got a 9/11, 9/11, 9/11.”

Utah Police Use Sirens to Drive Bear Up Tree for Relocation

OREM, Utah (AP) – Utah police used their vehicle sirens to drive a two-year-old bear up a tree after its presence in a northern Utah town caused traffic delays.

State Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley said division personnel then were able to tranquilize the bear and catch it in a large net when it fell out of the tree.

Jolley said the brown-colored black bear was placed in a trap in the bed of a pickup truck and driven to the Wasatch Mountains, where it was released. Pictures show him jumping out of the truck and running away.

Jolley says it is unusual for a bear to be roaming city streets that are several miles away from mountains east of the city where wildlife biologists think it came from.