Fruit’s pungent odor prompts panic, mistaken for gas leak

MELBOURNE, Australia

The pungent smell of the rotten durian fruit at an Australian university library was mistaken for a gas leak, prompting an evacuation of the building.

Specialist crews wearing masks searched the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology university campus library April 28, but all they found was rotting durian in a cupboard.

About 600 staff and students had cleared the building.

A Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman said the smell alarmed staff and students as it permeated the air-conditioning system.

Durian is a tropical fruit known for its strong smell. It is commonly banned from hotel rooms and public transport across Southeast Asia.

A bridge too low: Tall trucks threaten historic Ga. link


A historic covered bridge near Atlanta that was rebuilt after being burned down during the Civil War faces a different foe: GPS systems.

WABE-FM reports that five vehicles since December have rammed into the top of the 7-foot-high warning beam erected just before the entrance to the Concord Covered Bridge.

Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt said officials attribute a spike in accidents to navigation apps that lead oversized vehicles to the bridge. He said officials are working with such companies to see if they can provide in-app warnings.

The county has installed an electronic warning sign that warns trucks and cars with trailers if they’re too tall and need to detour.

Local authorities spent $800,000 to repair the National Register of Historic Places structure last year.

Wayward cat captured at JFK after week on the lam


A frisky cat that got loose at New York’s Kennedy Airport was captured after more than a week on the lam.

WABC-TV reported that Pepper the cat was lured out of hiding early April 28.

Pepper bolted from her owner April 20 as they were preparing to board a flight to China.

The owner was moving to China for a new job and had to leave without Pepper.

Pepper was spotted several times in nonpublic areas but eluded capture.

Then on April 28, the officer who led the rescue effort enlisted the help of a friend of Pepper’s owner, who called Pepper by her Mandarin name and enticed her with food. The officer and the friend then grabbed Pepper.

Associated Press

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