Wayward gator part of rap video
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have solved the mystery of how an alligator ended up in a swimming pool at a motel on the New Jersey shore.
They say the 3-foot-long (0.91-meter-long) alligator found Aug. 15 at the Bayview Inn & Suites in Atlantic City was part of a rap video filmed there by two men. The alligator was found when police conducted a raid at the site.
Items found during the raid led to the arrest Tuesday of the two men on armed robbery charges. Authorities say they robbed homes in two nearby towns in the days before the alligator was found.
Animal control workers safely lifted the alligator from the pool, and it’s now at a zoo in Cape May County. Officials plan to move it to a reserve in Florida.
Fox hires conservative commentator Lahren
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel has hired conservative commentator Tomi Lahren, who has hosted shows on The Blaze and One America News Network along with working for a political action committee supporting President Donald Trump.
The network said on Wednesday that Lahren will have a “signature role” on a digital product under development and be a commentator on the network’s opinion programming. Her primary home will be on Sean Hannity’s show, where she was to debut on Wednesday.
Lahren, who is 25, has quickly achieved a high profile in the conservative movement following her graduation from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has more than 4 million Facebook followers, and she produces her own videos with commentary on politics and culture.
Phelps and wife expecting second child
(AP) — Michael Phelps is set to become a father of two.
The 23-time Olympic swimming champion and his wife, Nicole, announced the news on Instagram with the help of their 15-month-old son, Boomer.
Phelps shared a picture of Nicole holding a smiling Boomer and wrote in the caption: “Number 2 on the way!!!! So excited!! Wonder if it’s a boy or a girl??” Boomer has a big following on his own Instagram account, where another picture showed the smiling boy alongside a positive pregnancy test.
Boomer was born in May 2016, a month before Phelps and the former Miss California USA got married.
Depp’s horse farm to be sold at auction
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Johnny Depp’s Kentucky horse farm will be sold at auction next month.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the 41-acre (17-hectare) Lexington property that includes a 6,000-square-foot (557-sq.-meter) brick house, a guesthouse and three barns will be sold at an auction conducted by the Halfhill Auction Group on Sept. 15. The group hasn’t revealed the minimum price that would be accepted.
The farm was initially listed for sale in December at $3.4 million, which was later dropped to $2.9 million. Rector-Hayden Realtors’ Gary Denton says there were three offers, but none ended in a sale.
County officials have assessed the fair cash value of the farm at $2.3 million.
Depp is a Kentucky native. He purchased the farm in 1995, sold it in 2001 and bought it back in 2005.
Bank to name ‘Slap Shot’ hockey rink
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A regional bank is paying $720,000 for naming rights to a Pennsylvania hockey rink made famous in the cult hockey comedy “Slap Shot.”
The deal means the building will now be known as 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial.
The 67-year-old arena was home to the defunct Johnstown Jets, a minor league team whose fictionalized exploits were the focus of the 1977 Paul Newman film. The team was called the Charlestown Chiefs in the movie.
The Johnstown Tomahawks play in the junior league North American Hockey League.
The Jets folded in 1977 when the third of the city’s historic floods damaged the arena’s ice-making equipment. The Johnstown Chiefs, an East Coast Hockey League franchise, played in the building from 1988 until relocating to Greenville, South Carolina, in 2010.
Group protests Ai Weiwei art project
NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (eye way-way) is getting some local opposition to his planned public art project in New York City.
The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2wmgpVm ) reports the Washington Square Association is protesting Ai’s proposed installation in the park’s archway.
The association’s president says the “installation sets a dangerous precedent that one of New York City’s most recognized monuments and pieces of art can be decorated and co-opted for four months at a time.”
Community members say it will disrupt the annual holiday tree lighting.
Ai’s city-wide art installation opening in October is entitled “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” It was commissioned by the Public Art Fund and focuses on borders and immigration.
The Fund plans to meet with the community board Sept. 6 to respond to questions.