Man stuck between rocks at beach freed using olive oil
With the tide rolling in, a 31-year-old Rhode Island man saw his life flashing before his eyes. Moments before his brush with death, the unnamed man had stood atop a jetty, enjoying a crisp ocean breeze and the serene view of Narragansett Beach through the screen of his phone. Suddenly, the device slipped from his hands and landed between two rocks. As it was seemingly within reach, the man made an effort to retrieve his phone but instead managed to get himself stuck all the way up to his chest.
A necessary rescue effort began, calling in resources from the Narragansett Fire Department and the Environmental Police, which lasted nearly three hours. Firefighters at the scene said they refrained from using airbags, fearing an unstable shift in the rocks could exacerbate the situation. With time running out, firefighters resorted to unorthodox measures.
“Olive oil. Lots of olive oil did the trick,” said Captain Peter Taylor of the NFD, in an interview with NBC 10. “We managed to spray him down and apply lots of olive oil, and we were able to dislodge him,” he went on. The freed man was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for hypothermia and an injury to his foot which he incurred while walking away from the scene. He was otherwise unharmed and, according to Taylor, in “high spirits.”
Corpse flower blooming soon
Sometime in the coming days the dead will rise at the Life Sciences Greenhouse at Dartmouth College. Students and staff eagerly await the blooming of the titan arum, colloquially known as the corpse flower.
Dartmouth acquired the specimen of the Amorphophallus titanum in 2007, and due to the unusual life cycle of the flower, this will be the first time it has bloomed in six years. The flower is said to have a pungent smell similar to that of a rotting animal. Once in bloom, the flower will stay open for several days. However, the odor will be most pronounced the first day and will dissipate thereafter.
Nicknamed “Morphy,” it currently sits at five feet tall and is expected to grow even taller before it blooms. Native to the rainforests of Sumatra, its flower is the largest in the world, rising upward in a singular bloom. A sole lacy petal unfurls, revealing a deep visceral burgundy enveloping its central spadix. The exterior of the petal is a light green, encircling the lone fleshy, phallic stalk.
In the wild, its striking fragrance attracts carrion-eating beetles and flesh flies which aid in its pollination. Its color and texture, as well as the temperature of its spadix—comparable to human body temperature—add to the illusion that it is spoiled meat.
The greenhouse at Dartmouth College has extended their viewing hours this week for this once-in-a-decade event. You can also watch the flower bloom on live streaming video through the college’s website.
College grads receive debt relief
215 college graduates have been awarded loan relief tax credits from the state. The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation gave out these awards that average $3,750 per year.
These awards, called Wavemaker Fellowships, are given out in the hopes of enticing professionals to stay in Rhode Island rather than move elsewhere. The fellowships were given out to those who worked in science and engineering related fields.
The program is being expanded for next year with an increased budget, going from $1.75 million to $3.5 million.
Of the 215 that received the fellowship, 60 percent graduated from universities and colleges in Rhode Island and 90 percent are working in the state.
First post office dedicated to African American in Rhode Island
The North Kingstown Post Office on Post Road was dedicated to Melvoid Benson, who died in June of this year. The entire Rhode Island congressional delegation, the governor and local officials attended the ceremony on Sunday.
Benson was born in Tennessee, but moved to Rhode Island when her husband’s job moved to the state. Benson worked for 30 years in the North Kingstown and Portsmouth school districts.
Benson was also one of the first black women elected to the Rhode Island General Assembly. She served the people of District 32 as a state representative for seven terms. She later served on the North Kingstown School Committee and on the board of directors for the NAACP, Rhode Island Family Services, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
Congressman Jim Langevin introduced the public law for the dedication to Congress and it was signed by President Obama on June 13.
Elizabeth Estes, Benson’s niece, said that “Our family appreciates the Rhode Island Congressional delegation and President Obama for recognizing our aunt’s contributions to the citizens of Rhode Island in this remarkable manner. She held her friends and neighbors in high regard, and she shared the beauty and virtues of this state with us.”