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The Rail: Darks, lights and reptiles

Darks, lights and reptiles GORHAM, Maine - Mara Ranger will be more paranoid doing laundry now. When she was removing clothes from the washing machine at her Maine farmhouse Wednesday, the clothes moved. She told WMTW-TV, "I jumped back" and saw ...

Darks, lights and reptiles

Darks, lights and reptiles

GORHAM, Maine - Mara Ranger will be more paranoid doing laundry now.

When she was removing clothes from the washing machine at her Maine farmhouse Wednesday, the clothes moved.

She told WMTW-TV, "I jumped back" and saw a snake. She quickly shut the lid and called for help.

Maine Animal Damage Control operator Richard Burton reached into the machine and pulled and pulled - all 8 feet of a reticulated python.

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Burton guesses the snake got into Ranger's washing machine through water pipes. The snake's future home will be York Animal Kingdom in York.

Ranger is going to start looking into every corner of her washing machine. She says, "I'm going to be looking in the tub first - before and after, maybe even during, the rinse cycle."

Frappe, or I shoot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An internal affairs report says a Daytona Beach police officer demanded free coffee and tea from a Starbucks and threatened employees with slower emergency response times if they refused.

Lt. Major Garvin, a

15-year veteran, was fired July 8. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Chief Mike Chitwood says Garvin recently failed a polygraph test that he insisted on taking.

The coffeehouse's employees claim that since June 2007, Garvin had visited the store as many as six times a night while on duty. Besides demanding free drinks, workers complained that Garvin also cut in front of paying customers.

A telephone listing for Garvin could not be found.

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BOSTON - A toll worker on the Massachusetts Turnpike is figuring out what to do with a $100 bill a driver handed him.

Gary Bonarrigo says a woman gave him the money in a greeting card Wednesday evening. The card said "share" with a drawing of a star.

Massachusetts Turnpike Authority spokesman Mac Daniel says agency rules prohibit toll takers from accepting gifts.

He says the money will be donated to a charity..

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