Florida Man sprays people with fire extinguisher at Lawrence hotel

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Police arrested a feral Florida Man this weekend after a disturbance involving a fire extinguisher at a Lawrence hotel.

Police were called about 10:50 p.m. Saturday to the DoubleTree, 200 McDonald Drive, where a man “armed with a fire extinguisher” was spraying people with it, Lawrence police Officer Derrick Smith said, in an email.

The spraying happened inside, outside and in the vestibule of the hotel, where the suspect also damaged a door, Smith said. Smith said the victims didn’t know the man who sprayed them, and “the reason for the suspect’s behavior is not clear.”
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Mosquitoes forced to feed off diseased rats because of pythons taking over the Everglades

It now appears that two of Florida’s worst environmental issues have joined forces.

Invasive Burmese pythons are disrupting the Everglades to the point where mammals are now extremely scarce, and mosquitoes are forced to feed off rats that carry dangerous viruses.

A new study published in the journal Biology Letters from the University of Florida claims that mammals have become so rare in the Everglades that mosquitoes are now feeding off the hispid cotton rat, a rodent which is one of the only known hosts of a mosquito-borne virus called the Everglades virus.

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