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Church Brawl

A Sunday evening brawl at the New Welcome Church in St. Elmo, Alabama, involved at least a dozen people and left one woman with a stab wound. The fight began when the pastor fired the music minister, Simone De Moore. An argument followed over the amount of Moore's final paycheck. Moore then allegedly used a taser on minister Daryl Riley. In the ensuing melee, deacon Harvey Hunt stabbed Moore's mother, Agolia Moore in the arm with a pocket knife. Agolia Moore underwent surgery and 19 stitches to repair the wound. Simone Moore turned himself in to police for the tasering. Hunt is still at large.

Black Widow Hitchhikers Invade UK

Four black widow spiders, which are native to North and Central America, were found in a shipment of jet engines sent from the U.S. to a company in Lincolnshire, England. Employees at TC Power in Barton-upon-Humber were startled when the spiders dropped out of a container. The workers stopped everything and put the deadly spiders in a glass container. TC Power engineers are feeding the black widows and plan to give them to a zoo, where they will stay under glass.

Woman Assaulted With Bratwurst

An argument between two women in Des Moines, Iowa, involved an assault with a bratwurst. The police report says 63-year-old Connie Jones got into an altercation with 31-year-old Tajuana Banks at Jones' home over the childcare of Jones' grandchildren. Apparently, Banks tried to incite a fight by yelling at Jones, and ultimately hit her with the sausage. Police noted the grease stains on Jones’ clothing as evidence. Banks was arrested on a simple assault charge.

Unidentified Flying Creature Diverts Plane

Passengers on a Delta flight from Madison, Wisconsin to Atlanta, Georgia reported a flying creature in the passenger section. One passenger recorded the event on video, while the other passengers waved and chased the animal, believed to be a bat, into the lavatory. The flight was diverted back to Madison, where the passengers were rebooked. A Delta spokesman said the plane was searched, but they never found the bat. The plane then was returned to service.

'Mystery Tree' Survives Wildfire -Again

A 20-foot juniper tree near Sunset Point, Arizona survived a wildfire last week that consumed everything around it. It’s not the first time, either. In fact, the tree is a famous survivor. It's known as the "Mystery Tree" because someone decorates the tree for Christmas and for the 4th of July every year. It also has its own watering system with water drums and pipes -but no one knows who is responsible. The other mystery is that this particular tree has survived several wildfires.

“It’s survived wildfire after wildfire” says ADOT engineer Greg Gentsch. “We’re just happy it’s still here.”

Man Caught Sneaking Into Prison

Officials at Folsom Prison in California say 48-year-old Marvin Lane Ussery was caught trying to scale a fence at the prison. But he's not an inmate; he's on parole. Ussery was trying to enter the prison grounds. He had served time and was paroled in 2009. Officers found no smuggled contraband on Ussery, so his motive for trying to get in is uncertain. He is being held at the Sacramento County Jail.

Movie Script is Assumed Bomb

An unnamed writer in Los Angeles had submitted scripts to a talent agency ad had been rejected or ignored. So he left a script at the unnamed agency's office. The script was on a computer inside a briefcase. When agency employees spotted the unaccompanied briefcase, they called police. The bomb squad responded and detonated the entire briefcase. The screenwriter then made himself known, and is distraught over the loss of his script, which apparently only existed in the hard drive in the destroyed computer. It is assumed that the writer would have preferred to bomb at the box office instead of the talent agency.

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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Nalcrest, Florida: Where Postal Workers Go to Retire
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You could say that the Nalcrest community in central Florida delivers affordable retirement housing for seniors. And with amenities like a pool and tennis courts, you might even say it has the whole package [PDF]. Or you could just go with the pun that the community itself has landed on: “Nalcrest: A First Class Community.”

Nalcrest, you see, is a retirement community exclusive to members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC); the village has 500 ground-level apartments available for postal workers to enjoy after they’ve delivered their final Oriental Trading catalog. Garden-style units start at just $374 a month, including water, sewage, trash removal, basic cable, maintenance, and use of all of the recreational facilities.

The idea for an affordable, profession-specific retirement community came to NALC president William Doherty in the 1950s, when he toured Europe and saw similar setups organized by labor unions, religious groups, and fraternal organizations [PDF]. He proposed the idea for U.S. mail carriers as early as 1954, then pounced when Congress passed a law in 1959 that provided loans to build housing for seniors. Doherty was there to break ground on July 1, 1962; Nalcrest officially opened for business less than two years later on January 20, 1964. The dedication ceremony included a band of mail carrier musicians and a separate group called “The Singing Mailmen,” a group made up of—you guessed it—singing mailmen, as well as a female water skiing team that proudly flew pennants spelling out “Nalcrest.” After a stint as the ambassador to Jamaica, Doherty himself retired to Nalcrest, living there until his death in 1987.

Though residents may not be traipsing a daily mail route anymore, they still have plenty of options to stay active. Nalcrest has shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, miniature golf, tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, walking trails, and a softball diamond (home to the Nalcrest Eagles). It also boasts a travel club, a women’s association, and free art classes, among other activities. There’s one thing, however, it doesn’t have—dogs. With the exception of therapy dogs, Nalcrest has a no-canine rule in deference to retirees who were bitten in the line of duty and have an aversion to the animals.

If a dog-free community seems like paradise for postal workers, the other thing Nalcrest lacks cements its status as letter carrier nirvana: There are no mailboxes, because there is no home mail delivery. Each resident has to visit the Nalcrest post office to pick up any correspondence.

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