Oddities
North Carolina politician writes resignation letter in Klingon PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 03 January 2014 09:42

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (AP) — Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before.

On Thursday, David Waddell used the Klingon language to write his letter of resignation from the Indian Trail Town Council in North Carolina.

Waddell says he opted to use Klingon, the language of a warrior race on the "Star Trek" TV shows and movies, as an inside joke. Mayor Michael Alvarez is calling the letter unprofessional.

Waddell says he is resigning at the end of this month. His four-year term expires in December 2015.

Waddell says he also needs to devote time to mounting a write-in campaign on the Constitution Party's platform against U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.


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Obama gift mistakenly find its way to N. Illinois home PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 02 January 2014 14:33

WADSWORTH, Ill. (AP) — A book of personal White House family photos was mistakenly sent to a suburban Chicago woman, who says she's making sure the Christmas gift finds its way to the rightful recipient.

Alane Church tells NBC's "Today" show she was surprised to find the "beautiful, personal" book shoved in the bottom of a damaged box of packages her family opened at their Wadsworth home on New Year's Day.

WLS-TV reports the book included a hand-written gift tag from "Barack, Michelle + the girls."

Church won't show anyone what's in the book. But she says the pictures of first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama offer a glimpse of "very special, private moments of their year of 2013 together."

The White House confirmed the errant delivery but offered no details.


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Thief carries 250-pound safe out of eatery PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 02 January 2014 07:11

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant.

Kevin Hynes says a man walked out of his Stockholders Restaurant in Weymouth on Sunday night lugging the vault.

Surveillance tape shows the man entering a side door at the rear of the restaurant, heading down the stairs and coming back up carrying a large object wrapped in a trash bag.

No arrests have been made.

Hynes isn't saying how much money was in the safe, but he's offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the man's arrest.

He says he's since bought an even heavier safe and bolted it to the concrete floor.


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Police: Rifle turns up among donations at Goodwill PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 10:22

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Police say a rifle and ammunition turned up among the donations at a Goodwill store in Flint.

The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/KiAmmo ) police were called recently after someone dropped off the gun and a bag of ammunition.

It wasn't immediately known who dropped off the weapon, which police took from the store. Goodwill doesn't accept such donations.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint


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Woman finds snake in couch brought home from curb PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 10:21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A woman who brought home a secondhand couch left on the curb in western Michigan says she ended up finding a snake apparently living under the cushions.

Holly Wright tells WZZM-TV (http://on.wzzm.com/KhcQ9T ) that the couch had been in her Grand Rapids bedroom for about two months before the "very lethargic" snake emerged over the weekend. She says it died before she could get care for the snake.

Wright says she isn't sure where the snake came from, but it may have been there the whole time.

She says she thought the couch looked OK when she found it with a sign indicating that it was free for the taking. She says she took off the cushions and cleaned it, but didn't initially see the snake.

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Information from: WZZM-TV, http://www.wzzm13.com


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