News Midday Update: Another bear spotted in metro Atlanta; toilet paper wedding dress wins national contest; Va. man sheds 80 pounds eating at McDonald’s

Residents in east Cobb County have spotted another black bear roaming through neighborhoods and commercial areas.

State wildlife biologist David Gregory says the 1-year-old male with a tracking collar was spotted three times on Thursday, but managed to elude capture.

A state Department of Natural Resources ranger fired a tranquilizer dart at the bear but missed.

The animal was spotted once behind an office park,at a workout gym's swimming pool and behind a woman's home.

The DNR averages about five bear sightings a year in Cobb County. This is the third one in the past month to be seen in Cobb County.

In late May and early June, bears were struck and killed on Interstate 75 at Interstate 285 and on Barrett Parkway at I-75.

— Associated Press

Toilet paper wedding dress wins national contest

Tourists gaped at six stunning wedding dresses displayed at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York’s Times Square.

The fashionable white frocks were fashioned entirely of toilet paper.

Six dresses were displayed at the Times Square ‘‘odditorium’’ today and three winning designers squared off for the top prize of $1,000.

The judges from Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Charmin and crowned this year’s winner, Katrina Chalifoux of Rockford, Ill. She spent two weeks creating a sheath dress with a raised flower pattern from molded toilet paper.

Terro Glover of Marlin, Texas, was a second prize winner. Ann Lee, of Honolulu, Hawaii, placed third in the annual dress competition, which just celebrated its fourth year.

- Associated Press

Va. man sheds 80 pounds eating at McDonald’s

A Quantico, Va., man lost about 80 pounds in six months by eating nearly every meal at McDonald’s.

Not Big Macs, french fries and chocolate shakes. Mostly salads, wraps and apple dippers without the caramel sauce.

Chris Coleson tipped the scales at 278 pounds in December. The 5-foot-8 Coleson now weighs 199 pounds and his waist size has dropped from 50 to 36.

The 42-year-old businessman from Quinton says he chose McDonald’s because it’s convenient.

– Associated Press


– The Bibb County Board of Tax Assessors is having a day-long retreat today. We'll let you know what happens.

– Candidates for the Bibb County Commission chairmanship will debate the merits of their bids today at a Republican group meeting. We'll let you know how it goes.


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