College sues ex-student who refuses to leave dorm
A New York City college is trying to evict a former student who it says is illegally squatting in her dorm room.
Hunter College has filed a lawsuit against 32-year-old Lisa Palmer, saying the woman owes more than $94,000 in unpaid residence hall fees since she dropped out in 2016.
The lawsuit says Palmer was denied summer housing in 2016. She remained in her dorm, despite the school sending several notices that she would be charged $150 a day if she stayed.
Palmer was issued a 30-day eviction notice in September 2017. She refused to leave, prompting the school to file its lawsuit.
Palmer, a former geography major, says she plans to stay and fight the case.
A Hunter College spokesperson says officials cannot comment on pending litigation.
Woman wins conch-blowing contest; accepts proposal
KEY WEST, Fla.
A Florida retiree has won the women’s division in Key West’s annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest – and accepted a marriage proposal from a fellow competitor.
Mary Lou Smith, 70, impressed the judges March 3 with long blasts on the fluted, pink-lined shell. And when Rick Race, 73, proposed on stage, she accepted by joining him in a duet.
Other winners included Florida Keys resident Vinnie Marturano, who won the men’s division after blowing three-toned blasts and a song fragment.
Judges evaluated entrants from children to seniors on the quality, novelty, duration and loudness of their playing.
Conch shells have been used as signaling devices in the Florida Keys for centuries. Native-born islanders are called Conchs, and the Keys are nicknamed the Conch Republic.
Stink strait: Town battles growing skunk crisis
Something stinks in one southeastern New Mexico town and residents want police on the case.
KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports skunk smell is plaguing the town of Hagerman, N.M., thanks to a mild winter that is bringing out the smelling mammals early.
Viola Badcock, the owner of Hagerman Township Animal Shelter, says the animals are hanging in town and generally are not healthy. She says their stink appears to be a growing problem.
Hagerman Police Patrolman Adam Chavez says officers are setting up traps around town and in nearby Lake Arthur and Dexter.
Chavez says healthy skunks caught in traps will be relocated on the east side of town near a river.