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'Holy grail of guitars' among those in New York auction PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 15:28

NEW YORK (AP) — The "holy grail of guitars" is among the hundreds of rare and vintage acoustic guitars going on the auction block in New York next month.

California collector Hank Risan is offering some of his musical instruments for auction by Guernsey's on April 2 and April 3. The 265 pieces from his collection are considered among the finest of vintage guitars to come to auction in terms of rarity, original construction and condition, the auction house says.

A wide range of makers are represented, including Gibson, Gretsch, Washburn, Stromberg and D'Angelico.

The earliest instrument in Risan's collection dates to 1840; the newest is a 2000 re-creation of a 1930 Martin masterpiece, an OM-45 Deluxe. Both the re-creation and the original will be in the auction.

"The OM-45 Deluxe is the holy grail of guitars," Guernsey's President Arlan Ettinger said. Only 14 were ever made.

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Ex-girlfriend of $338M Powerball winner drops suit PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 15:25

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has decided not to bet on getting a piece of her former boyfriend's $338 million Powerball win.

Inez Sanchez agreed to drop her lawsuit Friday in state Superior Court in Paterson. The Record (http://bit.ly/1gfilhp) reports that in exchange, Powerball winner Pedro Quezada has agreed not to try and recover attorneys' fees from her.

Sanchez's lawyers argued last year that she was entitled to some of the estimated $152 million Quezada will receive after taxes because he purchased the winning lottery ticket based on the couple's shared earnings.

The lawyers said Sanchez and Quezada had lived together for 10 years, had a child and shared ownership of a grocery store, although they never married.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com


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Boy buried by avalanche tried to bite his way out PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 14:45

NEW YORK (AP) — An 8-year-old western Montana boy who spent about an hour buried in the snow after a deadly avalanche roared into his backyard says he tried to "lick and bite" his way out before becoming tired and falling asleep.

Phoenix Scoles-Coburn, of Missoula, told "Today" show host Matt Lauer on Friday that he doesn't remember the moment the Feb. 28 snow slide hit him.

He says he looked back and saw a tree wobbling, so he ran. The next thing he knew, he was in the snow.

Phoenix's mother, Erin Scoles, says dozens of residents responded quickly with shovels and avalanche probes, but it took an hour to find the boy.

Phoenix suffered a laceration to his spleen and was hospitalized for two days.

The avalanche also buried a husband and wife. They also eventually were rescued, but the woman died in a hospital two days later.


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Kansas high court: School funding unconstitutional PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 11:58

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional.

In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas' poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.

The Supreme Court also sent the case back to district court for more review to "promptly" determine what the adequate amount of funding should be, but didn't set a deadline for a hearing. It did, however, set a July 1 deadline for legislators to restore money for two funds aimed at helping poorer districts with capital improvements and general school operations.

The case has broader implications beyond the classroom: Kansas enacted sweeping cuts to income taxes in 2012 and 2013 championed by Gov. Sam Brownback that have reduced the amount of available resources to comply with a court order.

The lawsuit was filed in 2010 on behalf of parents and school districts who argued the state had harmed students because spending cuts resulted in lower test scores. State attorneys maintained that legislators did their best to minimize cuts to education.

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Couple accused of letting two-year-old smoke pot PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 11:24

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana couple faces charges for allegedly letting a 2-year-old boy smoke marijuana.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1ij8lus ) Lucas Keith Wilson and Camilla Rose Samuels were charged on Feb. 27 with felony and misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. A $50,000 arrest warrant was issued for Wilson. No warrant was issued for Samuels.

Court records say the investigation began in August when Samuels' mother told investigators she found a video on her daughter's phone showing Wilson's son putting a pipe in his mouth.

Prosecutors say both Wilson and Samuels told investigators they let the boy smoke marijuana five times since August. Wilson said it would make the boy mellow.

Charging documents say the couple recently had a baby that tested positive for marijuana and meth when he was born.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com


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