Tuesday's American Oddities

The Associated Press

Bobcat in bathroom at Oklahoma newspaper startles publisher

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A small-town Oklahoma newspaper publisher found a startling front-page story practically in his newsroom: There was a hissing bobcat in the bathroom.

Sapulpa Herald publisher Darren Sumner says the wild animal jumped at him one recent morning as he was heading into the restroom at his office in Sapulpa, a Tulsa suburb.

Sumner shut the door and trapped the adult male cat inside until police and a game warden arrived.

Wildlife control workers captured the bobcat in a cage in tghe restroom and released it in the wilds of nearby Pawnee County.

Neither Sumner nor the wild cat was injured in the confrontation.

Sumner said the animal likely got into his building through an open door.

New amphitheater plan includes tickets for city officials

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Given Live Nation’s involvement, the amphitheater envisioned for the city’s empty minor league baseball park could make Bridgeport one of the hottest concert destinations in Connecticut — and even the Northeast.

And language in the city’s contract with developer Howard Saffan — Live Nation is his partner — heading to the City Council for a Nov. 6 vote would seem to be a boon for music-loving elected officials, their families and pals.

“The city shall be entitled to the exclusive use of one of the 20 sky boxes at the facility ... and shall be entitled to 20 complimentary tickets for general seating to each event at no cost,” reads the deal, scheduled for a public hearing Monday.

“It sounds as if there is planned free entertainment for City Hall and the City Council for the most part and others that might have political and/or professional interests with said entities,” said Jeff Kohut, a former member of the city’s ethics commission.

Absent-minded shopper takes cart with baby, causing lockdown

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say an absent-minded shopper at a Maine grocery store took somebody else’s cart with a sleeping baby inside, causing a lockdown and a police investigation.

Portland police say the shopper was mortified when he realized his mistake but didn’t bother to alert anyone on Friday.

Instead, the shopper left the cart in another part of the store and retrieved his own cart.

Police say video acquired from the store backs up the man’s claim.

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says grocery store staff quickly locked down the store. Police determined the conduct didn’t warrant criminal charges.

The baby was restrained in a car seat and slept through the entire scare.