It wasn’t all bad
Just moments after saying “I do,” a Minnesota fireman had to leave his own wedding to battle a blaze. Jeremy Bourasa and Krista Boland were posing for photos at the fire station where he volunteers when a call came in that a nearby house was burning down. Though Bourasa wasn’t on duty, his fellow firefighters needed extra manpower, so he suited up and jumped in a fire engine. He rejoined the reception two hours later, just in time for his first dance. “The guests,” Boland said, “did a standing ovation.”
Not built for speed
A wild turtle injured in a hit-and-run is on the move again after being fitted with a custom Lego wheelchair. The eastern box turtle was found by an employee at the Maryland Zoo this summer, suffering from a shattered shell. Zoo veterinarians fixed the fractures with plates and pins, but for the shell to fully heal, the creature’s underbelly had to stay off the ground. Wheelchairs for turtles don’t exist, so veterinary student Garrett Fraess sketched some ideas and sent them to a Lego-enthusiast friend. She designed a wheelchair for the grapefruit-size turtle, and as soon he was fitted with the new gear, he took off rolling. “He never even hesitated,” Fraess said.
An Irish novelist has been awarded a major literary prize by the same university where she works as a janitor. Caitriona Lally graduated from Trinity College Dublin 14 years ago and returned to work there in 2015—the same year her debut, Eggshells, was published—after finding herself out of a job. So she was stunned last week to discover that she’d won the college’s Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, awarded each year to a writer under 40 who shows “exceptional promise.” The award comes with an $11,500 prize. Lally, now working on her second novel, said her win was “pure magic.” ■