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Cold-stunned iguanas falling from Florida trees

MIAMI (AP) — The National Weather Service routinely warns people about falling rain, snow and hail, but temperatures are dropping so low in South Florida the forecasters warned residents Tuesday about falling iguanas. “This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s. Brrrr!” NWS Miami tweeted. The low temperatures stun the invasive reptiles, but the iguanas won’t necessarily die. That means many will wake up as temperatures rise Wednesday. Iguanas aren’t dangerous or aggressive to humans, but they damage seawalls, sidewalks, landscape foliage and can dig lengthy tunnels. The males can grow to at least 5 feet (1.5 meters) long and weigh nearly 20 pounds (9 kilograms). Female iguanas can lay nearly 80 eggs a year, and South Florida’s warm climate is perfect for the prehistoric-looking animals. Iguanas are native to Central America, tropical parts of South America and some Caribbean islands. Iguanas are allowed to be kept as pets in Florida but are not protected by any law except anti-cruelty to animals. They’ve been in South Florida…

‘Naughty boy’: Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77

LONDON (AP) — Terry Jones, a founding member of the anarchic Monty Python troupe who was hailed by colleagues as “the complete Renaissance comedian” an d “a man of endless enthusiasms,” has died after a battle with dementia. Jones’s family said the 77-year-old died Tuesday evening at his home in London. In a statement, his family said he died “after a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.” Jones’s wife, Anna Soderstrom, and children Bill, Sally and Siri, said “we have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humor has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.” “His work with Monty Python, his books, films, television programs, poems and other work will live on forever, a fitting legacy to a true polymath,” they said. Born in Wales in 1942, Jones attended Oxford University, where he began writing and performing with fellow student Michael Palin. After leaving university, he wrote for seminal 1960s comedy series, including “The Frost Report” and “Do Not Adjust Your Set.” At…

No. 4 SDSU beats Wyoming 72-55 to match Leonard’s 20-0 start

SAN DIEGO (AP) — With transfers Malachi Flynn and Yanni Wetzell once again leading the way, No. 4 San Diego State improved to 20-0 to match Kawhi Leonard’s 2010-11 team for the best start in school history. Like that team, though, this squad wants a whole lot more. Flynn scored 18 points and Wetzell dominated inside with 14 points for San Diego State, which opened with a suffocating defense to beat Wyoming 72-55 Tuesday night. The Aztecs (20-0, 9-0 Mountain West) remained the nation’s only unbeaten team. They equaled the 20-0 start by the 2010-11 team, which reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history before finishing 34-3. “It’s good to realize we’re up there with arguably probably the best team here,” said Flynn, a junior guard who transferred from Washington State. “But like we’ve said previously, they didn’t stop there. They went on to a Sweet 16. We’ve got a lot more work to do to even be in the conversation with that team still.” Matt Mitchell agreed, saying the comparison with Leonard’s team is “great notabilty to be up there,…

San Diego County to introduce neighborhood emergency evacuation team

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – To help older adults and people with disabilities in the event of an emergency, San Diego County officials will introduce Wednesday a pilot program to help prepare for emergency evacuations. County Supervisor Greg Cox and the County Office of Emergency Services will introduce the Neighborhood Evacuation Team Wednesday at 12:25 p.m. at Kearny High School. The team, part of a pilot program for areas of unincorporated San Diego County, will guide adults with access and functional needs into creating a plan by trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members. Older adults, people with disabilities and people with other needs may deal with disproportional disadvantages. If an emergency happens, they might need to arrange for transport from a caretaker, neighbor, friend or family member who can gather emergency supplies or medication. Those CERT members will help people practice their plan, identify emergency contacts and register for AlertSanDiego — the county’s regional alert and warning system. Students from Kearny High School’s digital media design program worked with the Office of Emergency Services to create promotional materials for the program. Categories: Good Morning San…

Water main break causes sinkhole in Southcrest

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A water-filled sinkhole shut down traffic in Southcrest Tuesday afternoon, San Diego Police Department said. The 8-inch water pipe broke around noon Tuesday on 38th and Z streets in the Southcrest neighborhood. Police officers shut down Z Street to traffic Tuesday while city crews worked to repair the water pipe.  When they shut off water to the ruptured pipe, 55 customers were left without water service, city officials said. The city estimated repairs would be completed and water service would be restored by 4 a.m. on Wednesday. Categories: Local San Diego News

Father Joe’s Villages begins construction of high-rise affordable housing

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Crews began construction Tuesday on a 400-unit housing complex that will bring low-income housing to the downtown San Diego community. Father Joe’s Villages is heading the Saint Teresa of Calcutta Villa project at 14th and Commercial streets, which is set to open in about two years. Speakers at the event included CEO of the nonprofit Deacon Jim Vargas, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilman Chris Ward and county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. The Rev. Bishop John Dolan, auxiliary bishop of San Diego and a Father Joe’s Village board member, blessed the site and said a prayer during the ceremony. Funding for the $145 million project came from a variety of sources, including a $10 million donation from philanthropist Terrence Caster, founder of the Caster Group. Categories: Local San Diego News

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