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Fortune cookie turns Bronx woman into millionaire PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 08:47

NEW YORK (AP) — A 75-year-old New York woman found her fortune in a cookie.

Emma Duvoll won $2 million in a recent Powerball drawing after playing the numbers found in her fortune cookie.

The retired Bronx resident bought the lottery ticket after dining at a Chinese restaurant in Greenwich Village.

The Daily News reports that the owner of Sammy's Noodle Shop & Grill joked that maybe the waiters should get 20 percent of her winnings.

Duvoll, a retired deli owner, picked up her prize on Thursday. She purchased the ticket for the Feb. 1 drawing at the Hannaford Pharmacy in upstate Pine Bush.

She plans to invest her winnings and may splurge on a trip to Switzerland to see relatives.


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LaughFest organizers claim new sunglasses record PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 07:14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — There appears to be another arcane world record in Grand Rapids, this time for the most people wearing sunglasses at night.

Gilda's LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting attempts for donning false mustaches, wearing chicken beaks and tossing rubber chickens.

The fourth annual festival of laughter kicked off Thursday with an effort to break the sunglasses record. Participants received official bright yellow LaughFest sunglasses.

Guinness World Records says the current mark was set in July 2012 by 1,642 people at Chicago's Wrigley Field. LaughFest spokesman Tyler Lecceadone said the group's count shows that 1,675 people wore sunglasses Thursday night.

"We had a seriously fun time at this year's world record attempt," said Wendy Wigger, president of LaughFest and of Gilda's Club Grand Rapids. "It was great to see the growing community support and excitement surrounding the fourth year of LaughFest. It was the perfect to kick off the 2014 festival. We thank all of the participants who came out and donned sunglasses to help us break the world record. "

In 2013, 1,532 people at LaughFest put on false mustaches to set the Guinness World Record for the most people wearing fake mustaches at a single venue.

Gilda's LaughFest runs through March 16. It honors the memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

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http://www.laughfestgr.org


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Hundreds to don shades in record-setting attempt PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:23

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — If it's March, it must be time to try to set another arcane world record in Grand Rapids.

Gilda's LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting attempts for donning false mustaches, wearing chicken beaks and tossing rubber chickens.

The fourth annual festival of laughter kicks off Thursday with an effort to set a new world record for the most people wearing sunglasses at night. Participants are to be given official bright yellow LaughFest sunglasses.

Guinness World Records says the current mark was set in July 2012 by 1,642 people at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Gilda's LaughFest will run through March 16. It honors the memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

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Online:

http://www.laughfestgr.org


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Girl Scout cookies bought with phony dough PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:54

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Officials in Southern California say someone has been buying Girl Scout cookies with counterfeit cash.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has released photos of a woman entering and leaving a grocery store who they say is a person of interest in the case of the phony dough. The photos show a young woman with long black hair, jeans, sneakers and a black hooded sweatshirt. No names or other identifying details have been released.

Police in Lake Elsinore learned last week that someone had bought Girl Scout cookies outside a grocery store with counterfeit currency, and were looking for a suspect who had not been seen since.


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Dove nixes 'Armpit of America' billboard in New Jersey PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:20

NEW YORK (AP) — Dove is scrapping its plans to run a billboard in New Jersey that tells residents to embrace being called "The Armpit of America."

Unilever, the brand's parent company, says the billboard featuring the well-known dig at the Garden State will not run this summer after all.

The news of the billboard sparked complaints after the New York Times published a story about it last week. The article included an image planned for the billboard, which featured a woman in a white tank top raising an arm behind her head to expose an armpit.

The text read, "Dear New Jersey, When people call you 'The Armpit of America,' take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove."

The ad was intended to promote a new line of Dove deodorants.


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