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Lamborghini destroyed in Mo. gas station mishap

KIRKWOOD, Mo.

Authorities say a Lamborghini erupted in flames at a suburban St. Louis gas station after a minivan driver pulled away from a gas pump with the nozzle still attached.

Kirkwood Police Det. Bob Bruhy said a valve is supposed to shut off when that happens, but instead fuel sprayed into the Huracan Performante’s engine, causing the blue Italian supercar to ignite July 7. He said it was “completely an accident” and no one was charged.

Parker Gelber wrote in a Facebook post that he was driving a red Lamborghini and his friend the blue one when they stopped for gas. His friend was getting water when the fire started. Another bystander captured the moments leading up to the blaze on a video that’s been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

State board to consider changing mountain’s made-up name

WINDSOR, Vt.

A Vermont state board plans to hear a man’s request to change the name of Mount Ascutney because it’s a made-up name.

Hartland resident Rob Hutchins said he recently discovered the name Ascutney is made up and the original name of the summit was Kaskadenak, which means “wide mountain” in the Abenaki language.

Hutchins told Vermont Public Radio he always thought the mountain’s name was a Native American name but the current name doesn’t actually have meaning.

Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation Chief Paul Bunnell worked with Hutchins to help track down the proper spelling and pronunciation of Kaskadenak.

The State of Vermont Board of Libraries has statutory authority to rename mountains and planned a hearing to consider the name change.

Black bear noshes on lunch inside surprised woman’s minivan

ATLANTA

Bears don’t usually pack a lunch, but they’ll be happy to eat whatever someone else has prepared.

WSB-TV reported that Carrie Watts of Rabun County found a large black bear enjoying her sandwich, chips and a cookie inside her minivan after climbing through an open window.

Watts had left the windows down July 11 to combat the summer heat. She initially thought the bear was a black cat.

She said the bear spent about 30 minutes in the minivan before it climbed back out the window and scaled a tree.

Watts said lunch wasn’t the only thing the bear demolished; it also destroyed her child’s car seat and shredded some paperwork.

Associated Press

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