Possum Drop Skirts Controversy With Lifeless Stand-In
The organizer of North Carolina’s New Year’s “Possum Drop” said the event will go on despite litigation, but will feature a lifeless opossum, possibly roadkill. Clay Logan, who has lowered live opossums in boxes at the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Brasstown for several years, said he is avoiding using a live opossum this year due to an unresolved lawsuit from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He said possibilities include using a toy opossum or a roadkill animal. Logan said he used a roadkill opossum in one of the previous 20 Possum Drop events to circumvent a previous lawsuit from PETA. “Rain, storm, sleet or dark of night will not stop the Possum Drop,” he said “It’s a good family event. It’s good clean family fun, a good old redneck good time.” PETA also sued to stop the event last year, but a judge ruled to allow the event to go forward with a live animal. Logan said the opossums in previous years were not harmed and he released them back into the wild after the events.
Alaska To Offer Grizzly License Plates
Alaska drivers will have the choice of a retro look when they obtain new license plates next spring. The state is bringing back plates that feature red lettering on white plates and a grizzly bear standing on its hind legs. It’s a reconfigured version of an Alaska license plate last issued in 1976. Drivers can also choose the current style: yellow-gold plates with blue lettering that reflect colors of the Alaska flag. The Alaska Legislature approved bringing back the bear plates last session in a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Peggy Wilson. House Bill 293 passed unanimously in the final days of the session. The old grizzly plates had beige mountains and a brown bear. The new version features a darker bear, a silhouette of the Alaska Range, a gold sun between mountains and a blue sky.
Sony PlayStation Outage Prompts 911 Call
Sony says its PlayStation network has been fully restored after a Christmastime attack knocked it offline for about three days. But during that time, a Florida man called 911 and asked a dispatcher for assistance on the issue. On Saturday, the caller phoned Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office 911 and referenced the PlayStation network. In the call recording, the caller asks, “I was wondering, do you guys know anything about that?” The dispatcher asked the caller to wait while she asks others about the problem. She returned and replied, “Yeah, I guess some people have been reporting it.” The dispatcher then suggested the caller phone Sony directly using a number that is likely on the machine itself. PBSO later tweeted, “Last time I checked that wasn’t an emergency. Try going outside or read a book.”