MICHIGAN COUPLE WITH 14 SONS WELCOME THEIR FIRST DAUGHTER
LAKEVIEW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple whose large family attracted attention by growing to include 14 sons has welcomed their first daughter nearly three decades after the birth of their first child. Kateri Schwandt gave birth Thursday to Maggie Jayne, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and entered a world filled with 14 older brothers. Jay Schwandt tells the Detroit Free Press that he and his wife, both 45, “are overjoyed and beyond excited to add Maggie Jayne to our family.” They live in the rural community of Lakeview, about 30 miles northeast of Grand Rapids. The couple’s oldest child, 28-year-old Tyler Schwandt, says his parents thought they would never have a daughter after 14 sons.
1ST WOMAN FREE-CLIMBS EL CAPITAN’S GOLDEN GATE ROUTE IN A DAY
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Rock climber Emily Harrington has become the first woman, and fourth person, to free-climb the Golden Gate route on Yosemite National Park’s granite wall in a single day. The 34-year-old began to scale 3,000-foot El Capitan early Wednesday. The San Francisco Chronicle says Harrington reached the top in 21 hours, 13 minutes and 51 seconds, despite banging her head on the granite wall at one point. Free climbers don’t use ropes to ascend, only to catch them if they fall.
GO GATORS: DEPUTIES REMOVE ALLIGATOR FROM SCHOOL PLAYGROUND
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida elementary school got to meet a live version of its mascot after a small alligator was found in the school’s playground. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies found the alligator on the Everglades Elementary School’s playground Wednesday afternoon. The school’s mascot is an alligator clad in orange, which is a bit different from the 4-foot-6-inch alligator deputies captured. Deputies later released the gator in the Nubbin Slough River, but not before affectionately naming it “Everglades.”
FISHING BOAT SUNK OFF S. CAROLINA COAST AS ARTIFICIAL REEF
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An old fishing boat and some concrete erosion structures are the latest things wildlife officials are sinking to create artificial reefs in the ocean off South Carolina. The Department of Natural Resources says the 65-foot fishing trawler and the concrete blocks were added to the C.J. Davidson Jr. Reef off Georgetown. They join a large barge and 20 Army vehicles in about 50 feet of water as wildlife officials hope fish and other marine life will thrive in the nooks and crannies. DNR has been sinking things for artificial reefs for 40 years. Bridge spans, military vehicles and subway cars are all now on the ocean floor.