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Cool Bikes – The Shell Factory & Nature Park hosts Bike Night from 6-10 p.m. 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers. 995-2141

Food Trucks – Food Truck Friday runs from 5-10 p.m. every Friday at Millennial Brewing. The event features live music, chair massages, new beer releases and incredible food. 1811 Royal Palm Ave.

Beach Yoga – Lee County Parks & Recreation offers free yoga on Bunche Beach from 9-10 a.m. every Saturday through March 31. Meet on the sand at San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. $2 parking fee. 18201 John Morris Road. 432-2154.

Church Concert – The combined choirs of Peace Lutheran Church and St. Columbkille Catholic Church present ‘Messe Solennelle (St. Cecilia Mass),’ composed by Charles Gounod, at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Peace Lutheran Church. Professional soloists are Douglas Renfroe, bass; Mark Sanders, tenor; and Carolann Sanita, soprano. The concert is conducted by Lee Van Asten, with Ric Jaeggi playing the organ. Free will offerings welcome.15840 McGregor Blvd.

Blues Tunes – The Buckingham Blues Bar hosts an Open Stage Blues Jam from 3-6 p.m. on Sundays and from 8-11 p.m. Wednesdays. 5641 Buckingham Road. 693-7111.

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Mad Minute stories from Friday, March 9th

LENOX, Mass. (AP) – Students at a Massachusetts school want to remain Millionaires.
The Lenox Memorial Middle and High School student council on Wednesday announced that a school-wide poll found a majority of students want to keep the sometimes contentious Millionaires mascot.
About 96 percent of the school’s 438 students voted last month. Fifty-one percent voted to keep the nickname, 32 percent wanted to change it, and 17 percent had no opinion.
Students last spring voted to change it because it is divisive, leads to taunts from opposing schools, and doesn’t accurately reflect the picturesque town’s economics.
Superintendent Timothy Lee tells The Berkshire Eagle the latest vote "puts the issue to rest."
The nickname is a tribute to wealthy out-of-towners, called "cottagers," who built mansions during the gilded age and employed the locals.

Millions of Europeans who arrived late to work or school Wednesday had a good excuse – an unprecedented lag in the continent’s electricity grid that’s slowing down some clocks.
The problem is caused by a political dispute between Serbia and Kosovo that’s sapping a small amount of energy from the local grid, causing a domino effect across the 25-nation network spanning the continent from Portugal to Poland and Greece to Germany.
"Since the European system is interconnected … when there is an imbalance somewhere the frequency slightly drops," said Claire Camus, a spokeswoman for the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity.
The Brussels-based organization, known as ENTSO-E, said in a separate statement that "this average frequency deviation, that has never happened in any similar way in the Continental European power system, must cease."
The deviation from Europe’s standard 50 Hz frequency has been enough to cause electric clocks that keep time by the power system’s frequency, rather than built-in quartz crystals, to fall behind by about six minutes since mid-January. The problem mostly affects radio alarms, oven clocks or clocks used to program heating systems.
ENTSO-E said it’s working on a technical solution that could bring the system back to normal within "a few weeks," but urged European authorities and national governments to address the political problem at the heart of the issue.
"This is beyond the technical world. Now there needs to be an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo about this lack of energy in the Kosovo system. You need to solve it politically and then technically," Camus told The Associated Press.
The friction between Serbia and Kosovo is part of a broader dispute that goes back almost 20 years. Since the war in Kosovo ended in 1999, the Serb-dominated north of Kosovo that remains loyal to Belgrade, haven’t paid the Kosovo government for the energy they consume.
A 2015 agreement was meant to resolve the dispute, but Serbia has blocked its implementation.
Serbia’s power grid company EMS blamed the problem on Kosovo, claiming that in January and February the country "was uninterruptedly withdrawing, in an unauthorized manner, uncontracted electric energy from the Continental Europe synchronous area."
Kadri Kadriu, deputy manager of Kosovo’s grid operator KOSTT, acknowledged that electricity from elsewhere was diverted to the Serb minority in the north, but said consumers there hadn’t paid for their electricity, causing considerable financial burden to the company.
ENTSO-E warned that "if no solution can be found at political level, a deviation risk could remain."
So far the only consequence seems to be the effect on clocks.
"The system is built in such a way that all your basic needs are really secured by the distribution and the transmission system operators," Camus said. "Frankly, there is no risk other than those clocks running behind."

Some people are offering an interesting tip to protect car owners from thieves busting into vehicles in San Francisco.
At least two signs posted near Alamo Square Park encourage folks to adhere to common knowledge break-in prevention tips: lock your car, take your keys with you and conceal your belongings. The last tip is much more bizarre. It spurs car owners to "fill a decoy purse with thousands of angry, poisonous bees."
A woman who lives in the neighborhood said residents crafted the signs.
NBC Bay Area has reached out to the San Francisco Police Department for comment.
Last year, 28,984 car break-ins were reported to San Francisco police, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. For comparison’s sake, there were 24,624 car break-in reports in 2016, an 18 percent increase.
A recent NBC Bay Area hidden-camera investigation revealed thieves smashing into cars, snatching valuables and darting from the scene in a matter of seconds.

(South China Morning Post) A two-year-old boy in Shanghai disabled his mother’s iPhone for the equivalent of 47 years after playing with it and repeatedly entering the wrong passcode, according to a Chinese media report.The incident happened in January after the phone was given to the child to watch educational videos online, the news website Kankanews.com said.
The mother returned home one day and when she checked the phone found it had been disabled for 25 million minutes by pressing keys repeatedly when the handset requested the passcode be inputted, according to the article. Each time the wrong keys were pressed the phone was disabled for a period of time, the report said.
A phone technician at an Apple store in Shanghai was quoted as saying that the woman could either wait years to try to input her passcode again or wipe the contents of the handset clean and then reinstall files.
The technician, named as Wei Chunlong, also told the website that there had been cases of phones locked for the equivalent of over 80 years by the same method. "In this woman’s case, the only way out without waiting is to erase all the phone data and do a factory reset," Wei said.
The customer, who was only identified by her family name Lu, has waited for two months but has seen no sign of the problem rectifying itself, the report said.
"I couldn’t really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father’s mistake," the woman was quoted as saying.
The report sparked a debate online in China.
Some parents said the mother should never have allowed her child to play with the phone alone.
Others said she should have backed up the data stored on her phone elsewhere so that if something went wrong she could easily retrieve it.

(Sky News) Ticket holders are demanding a refund after a Brighton cheese festival ran out of its main ingredient.
The Big Cheese Festival, held on Saturday, fell at the final curdle with organisers blaming "adverse weather conditions" for the shortage.
Ticket holders had been promised a "plethora of the finest international cheesemakers and mongers showcasing their amazing cheeses".
But disruption caused by the cold snap across the UK meant they were left disappointed.
"BRIE warned", Rachael Chadwick wrote on Twitter, adding that the organisers needed to "tread CAERPHILLY" and should have "done FETA".
She reckoned there was "more cheese in this tweet than there was at the festival".
Natalie Howe posted: "Not entirely understanding what we’ve paid for? Except to pay hugely expensive prices at maybe 10 stalls?!"
Kya Poat tweeted: "£22 for the #BigCheeseFest is a joke. I know the weather stopped some vendors from coming but there’s only 2 cheese based food trucks and like 3 stalls."
In addition to the cheese and "R and Brie" music, "craft beers, liquor and wine" were also promised.
But the alcohol appears to have missed the mark too, with Helen Chapman writing: "Where is the craft beer? Since when is Bud and Stella craft!?!?!"
In a statement on Facebook, organisers said they were "just as disappointed as yourselves that the event was disrupted by the adverse weather conditions".
They added that they take "great pride" in their work and have run "many successful events previously".
It is not the first time that a cheese festival in Brighton has run out. People claimed they faced 90-minute queues at another event last August.
Anyone that wishes to complain has until 3pm on 11 March to do so. Complaints will be "taken into account and actioned accordingly".


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