Sunday, November 9, 2008

In the News

Cash Hidden in House Walls Becomes a Nightmare
A contractor who found $182,000 in Depression-era currency hidden in a bathroom wall has ended up with only a few thousand dollars, but he feels some vindication.
The windfall discovery amounted to little more than grief for contractor Bob Kitts, who couldn't agree on how to split the money with homeowner Amanda Reece.
It didn't help Reece much, either. She testified in a deposition that she was considering bankruptcy and that a bank recently foreclosed on one of her properties.
And 21 descendants of Patrick Dunne — the wealthy businessman who stashed the money that was minted in a time of bank collapses and joblessness — will each get a mere fraction of the find.
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Coin Toss Decides Minnesota Mayor's Race
GOODRIDGE, Minn. — A coin toss has determined the winner of the mayor's race in the tiny northwestern Minnesota town of Goodridge.
Incumbent Bob Homme and former Mayor Dave Brown each got 22 votes. Instead of finding the ballots and recounting the 44 votes, they agreed to decide the winner with a coin toss.
It already was a strange race in Goodridge - population 98 - with no one filing to run for mayor. Brown and Homme were both write-ins.
To break the tie, each tossed his own coin. If it was even, meaning two heads or two tails, Homme would win the two-year term. If it was odd, meaning a head and a tail, Brown would win. It was a head and a tail. Brown won.
Honeymoon Couple Worst Nightmare
A newlywed couple ended up stuck half-way up a mountain when their sat-nav went wrong on their honeymoon.
Oliver Kohl, 24, and bride Angela, 23, were heading to a luxury hotel in the remote village of Willingen, Germany, after their wedding in Hamm, near Dortmund.
But they got lost as their sat-nav guided them along a bumpy, unpaved forest road toward a tall mountain.
Oliver said: "At one point there was a gate I had to open, and then eventually the road became a muddy swamp and we got stuck fast."
The pair tried for hours to get their car out before having to call cops who sent out a rescue team to get them off the side of the 2,755ft mountain.
The pair were eventually taken to their honeymoon hotel.
A police spokesman said: "It's a wedding night they will never forget."
Kenyan moms name babies after Obama
Mothers in Kenya have marked Barack Obama's US election win by naming their babies after him.
More than half of the babies born in a Kisumu Hospital the day after the election were named either Barack or Michelle Obama.
Kisumu is close to the village where Mr Obama's father was born and raised and Mr Obama is a local hero.
The region erupted in celebration after he won the race for the White House, reports the BBC.
Of the 15 babies born in the New Nyanza Provincial Hospital in Kisumu, five boys were named Barack Obama and three girls were called Michelle.
One mom, Pamela Adhiambo, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, and named them Barack and Michelle Obama.
"I made up my mind to name them long before the elections, and even if Obama had not won, I would still have done the same," she said.
Car impounded after dog drives away from car wash
A dog waiting in a car while at a car wash slipped the vehicle into gear and drove in a loop before the car came to a stop. Pryor police officer Brent Crittenden said the dog's owner was washing the vehicle when the 70-pound pit bull jumped on the dash and somehow shifted the car into reverse.
The car backed out of the car wash bay, continued onto a highway and then looped around before coming to a stop at an automated car wash lane.
Crittenden said the vehicle was impounded because its owner was unable to provide proof of insurance.
Because the dog was registered with the city, Crittenden said the owner was allowed to walk the pooch home.

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