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Las Vegas cab driver finds $300,000 in back seat PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 December 2013 10:31

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat. But this stash turned out to be cold hard cash.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/1eCLU1I ) reports that Gamboa was making a pickup Monday at the Bellagio when a hotel doorman noticed the brown paper bag and handed it to him.

At a red light, the Checker Cab driver's curiosity got the best of him. To his surprise, he found six bundles of $100 bills totaling $300,000.

The newspaper reports that Gamboa called his dispatcher and took the money to the company's main office.

Las Vegas police and casino officials were able to link the money to a well-known poker player they declined to identify.

It's unknown whether Gamboa will receive a big Christmas tip.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com


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Vote allows alligator to greet restaurant patrons PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:09

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A 4-foot long alligator named Wally will be allowed to greet patrons of a Michigan restaurant.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports (http://bwne.ws/19auzen ) City Council voted 4-2 to allow American alligators in the city's Central Business District.

Wally will be on hand to greet guests at the Cajun Gator restaurant in downtown Port Huron. It's expected to open within the next week.

Developer Larry Jones had said there were "a lot more excited people than there are people in question" when the idea was floated.

Councilwoman Anita Ashford cast one of the votes against the proposal. She says she's not comfortable with the idea of a live alligator in an eatery.

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Information from: Times Herald, http://www.thetimesherald.com


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Florida swimmer wins first place, gives trophy to rival PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:09

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — One of Florida's best young swimmers earned a first-place trophy at a recent meet — and gave it to his rival.

Nine-year-old Joshua Zuchowski competed Dec. 7 with the Jupiter Dragons at the Santa Claus & Holiday Spring Invitational in West Palm Beach.

He won first place, but he gave the trophy to 10-year-old Reese Branzell, who swims with the Lake Lytal Lightning. Reese is another top swimmer in the state, but he's been ill with a bone infection for weeks.

Reese tells WPBF-TV (http://bit.ly/1kbf9so ) Josh sent him his trophy with a note reading: "I won this trophy for you today, and I hope to see you back in the pool."

Josh says he felt sorry for Reese, and that he was trying to be a good sport.


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N.Y. mock trial set for 'The Night Before Christmas' PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 08:53

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — It's a controversy whose roots trace back nearly two centuries to a holiday poem first published in an upstate New York newspaper: Who really wrote "A Visit from St. Nicholas"?

This week, a mock trial will be held in a courtroom in Troy, where the now-classic also known as "The Night Before Christmas" was first published anonymously in the Sentinel newspaper on Dec. 23, 1823.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports (http://bit.ly/1fyrF24 ) that Wednesday's trial will have a prominent local lawyer representing Clement Clark Moore, a wealthy scholar from New York City who's credited with writing the poem.

Other attorneys will argue the side of Henry Livingston Jr., whose descendants claim the gentleman farmer from the Hudson Valley was the true author.

Actors portraying Moore and Livingston will take the stand during the courtroom showdown.

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Information from: The Daily Gazette, http://www.dailygazette.com/


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Florida man charged in burglary swallows two necklaces PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 16 December 2013 14:46

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A man faces burglary and tampering charges after an X-ray machine revealed a dark mass near his stomach while he was being booked into jail.

Pinellas County Sheriff's officials say the mass turned out to be two necklaces stolen during a Dec. 10 burglary in Safety Harbor.

Twenty-one-year-old Joseph Ramos was arrested Dec. 11 when he was stopped for driving a vehicle that was stolen during the burglary. Various items from the home were inside the vehicle.

When Ramos was being booked into jail, he stepped on the SecurPass X-ray machine and the dark spot was identified as the necklaces. He underwent surgery to remove them. The owner later identified the items.

Jail officials have been using the X-ray machine since June to detect items concealed on inmates.


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