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Just one day after his 69th birthday party, Snooty, the oldest living manatee in captivity, died Sunday at Bradenton’s South Florida Museum. An investigation is being done to determine the cause of death considering just the day before, Snooty seemed healthy, gorging on a cake of vegetables and fruit as thousands came to celebrate his big day. If only we had as many friends as that cute old sea cow. If that many people came to his birthday party, can you imagine how packed his funeral will be?

YOUR TRIANGLE DAY AHEAD

It’s always a good day for multiculturalism

Local museum to host exhibit on race

Human beings come in all different colors and shades, but have you ever taken the time to think about why exactly this is and what it means? If not, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is giving you a chance to do just that starting tomorrow with their exhibit ‘Race: Are we so different?’ which will be open Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. In a world of so much strife, this could cause people to get along better and understand each other, right? Here’s hoping.

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WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?

Don’t ya miss that big yellow bird?

UNC researcher helps create autistic muppet

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have completely abandoned all your childhood nostalgia, you probably know there’s a new resident on Sesame Street these days. Earlier this year, the classic children’s show introduced Julia, a green-eyed, 4-year-old muppet who looks just like the others. Except Julia is autistic. And who helped bring Julia to life? That would be UNC autism researcher Laura Klinger. Klinger, who directs the TEACCH autism program at the university, served as a consultant on an advisory board for the show as the character was created. During the development, Sesame Street asked the advisory board questions and even sent them the script for the episode on which Julia was introduced in order for them to review it. This story is brought to you by the letter ‘P,’ which stands for pretty darn cool.

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Hide yo kids, hide yo wife

Durham residents report Copperhead encounters

If there’s one thing most of us can agree on, it’s that snakes are some of the scarier things Mother Nature has to offer. And lately, Durham residents have experienced that firsthand. Dogs and people have been getting bitten by Copperheads, one of North Carolina’s six native poisonous snakes, and apparently, unlike other species of poisonous snakes, Copperheads don’t waste any time showing their fangs if they feel threatened. Snake bites in general have been on the rise in North Carolina because of the heat this year, but there are some ways you can avoid these slimy creatures, like not walking barefoot outside. But to be honest, that seems like a pretty good tip regardless of a snake’s presence. After all, shoes were invented for a reason.

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Not even celebs can mess with the TSA

Scotty McCreery cited for weapon at RDU

Have you ever been packing for a trip and wondered if your random bottle of hairspray will make it through security? We’ve all been there. But this weekend, Triangle native and country singer Scotty McCreery played the TSA game wrong, attempting to bring a gun and ammunition through security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Yikes. In fairness, McCreery has a license to carry it and said he totally forgot about the weapon, having been at the gun range before his scheduled flight. Still, McCreery was cited and will likely have to pay a fine for the mistake. Turns out, people accidentally try to bring guns on planes all the time, which can cost travelers a pretty penny. So next time you worry about the fluid ounces in your toiletries, fear not. It could be a whole lot worse.

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THE REST OF THE STATE

They’re probably out-kicking their coverage

North Carolina football coaches prove they’re smooth

Last week was the annual Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview, at which area college football coaches joined together to talk all things football in preparation for the new season to begin. But sometimes, they get a little off track, and this year, that included stories about how they popped the question (and no, we’re not talking about the question of kicking or going for two). Coaches from Duke, ECU, North Carolina Central, North Carolina and N.C. State all shared stories about how they proposed to their wives, and from it we gathered that Larry Fedora was almost a physical therapist, David Cutcliffe’s life has always revolved around football, and Jerry Mack needs to work on the creativity. We’re sure these guys know how to make their ladies feel special, but maybe they should just stick to drawing up game plans instead.

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BEYOND OUR BORDERS

The quake’s got people trembling

Greek earthquake forces residents, tourists to sleep outside

Two died and hundreds were injured after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Greece last Friday, but tremors and aftershocks followed during the weekend, sending both residents and tourists into continued chaos. On Saturday, aftershocks of 4.4 and 4.6 magnitude hit the Greek island of Kos, forcing people to sleep outside in parks and even olive groves because they were too afraid to go inside their homes or hotels. To make matters worse? It’s peak tourism season, and there were thought to be 200,000 visitors on the island at the time. How’s that for a relaxing holiday? We’re sending good vibes so these people can get back to their beds soon.

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