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Massachuesetts man's speeding excuse? I won the lottery! PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:25

HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash.

It turns out Thursday was 22-year-old Scott Lowe's lucky day in more ways than one. The officer who pulled him over in Hingham (HING'-um) issued a verbal warning and urged him to drive safely.

Lowe, of Rockland, told the officer he was speeding because he had won $50,000 on a scratch-off ticket and was on his way to Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Braintree to collect his winnings.

WCVB-TV (http://bit.ly/1crD2Wu ) reports that police say Lowe was shaking, and showed the officer his winning ticket.

After the warning, he went on his way and claimed his prize.

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Information from: WCVB-TV, http://www.thebostonchannel.com


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Mississippi man wakes up in body bag at funeral home PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 28 February 2014 09:56

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.

Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard calls it a miracle that 78-year-old Walter Williams is alive.

The coroner was called to Williams' home in Lexington, a community north of Jackson, where family members believed he had died.

Howard says Williams had no pulse and was pronounced dead Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Early Thursday, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Williams when he started to kick in the body bag.

Family members were called and Williams was taken to a hospital. Howard says he believes Williams' pacemaker stopped working, then started again.

Family members say Williams, a farmer, told them he's happy to be alive.

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Information from: WAPT-TV, http://www.wapt.com


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Huge Marilyn Monroe statue to leave California PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:17

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has turned heads for two years in Palm Springs is headed east.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1c83Ctm) says the 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue will be transported in April from California to Hamilton, N.J., where it will be part of an exhibit honoring its designer, Seward Johnson.

A going-away party, open to the public, is planned for March 27.

The statue of the "Some Like it Hot" star arrived in the desert resort city in 2012.

The sculpture depicts Monroe trying to push down her billowing skirt in her memorable scene in the "Seven Year Itch."

The "Forever Marilyn" statue, on loan from The Sculpture Foundation, was previously in Chicago.

Palm Springs officials say they hope to eventually lure Marilyn back.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com


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California couple strike $10 million gold-coin bonanza PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:41

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their Gold Country property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.

Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.

"I don't like to say once-in-a-lifetime for anything, but you don't get an opportunity to handle this kind of material, a treasure like this, ever," said veteran numismatist Don Kagin, who is representing the finders. "It's like they found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."

Kagin, whose family has been in the rare-coin business for 81 years, would say little about the couple other than that they are husband and wife, are middle-aged and have lived for several years on the rural property where the coins were found. They have no idea who put them there, he said.

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Hot for 'Frozen,' Ohio reporter's parody a hit PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 24 February 2014 07:02

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati traffic reporter has gained national attention for his dramatic on-air parody of a Disney movie song.

WKRC's Bob Herzog changed "Let it Go," sung by Princess Elsa in the animated movie "Frozen," to "Just Don't Go" to reference the winter weather.

As images of cars skidding on ice and traffic conditions play, Herzog dramatically sings lines like: "I must share what dispatchers say, all the traction's gone. School's closed or at least they're on a delay."

A YouTube video of Friday's performance has a half-million views, and media outlets nationwide have written about it.

The parody is part of Herzog's "Dance Party Fridays."

He's changed Elton John's "Rocket Man" to "Traffic Man," Tom Petty's "Free Falling" to "Tree Falling" and Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" to "Drive Indiana."


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