Bidding is hot for Unabomber items
An online auction of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's personal items brought in more than $150,000 in bids by late Thursday afternoon, including almost $41,000 for his personal journals, the Chicago Tribune reported. Kaczynski was behind mail bombings that killed three people and injured 23 others over nearly 20 years, ending in his arrest in 1996 at his remote cabin in Montana. A Harvard University graduate with a doctorate from the University of Michigan, Kaczynski was sent to prison in 1998. Proceeds from the auction will go toward $15 million in restitution Kaczynski must pay to his victims. Among the big bids: a typewriter, $22,003; a hoodie sweatshirt, $20,000; a collection of sunglasses, $20,000, a King James Bible, $1,200.
On skid row, it's service for a fee
Dadisi Komolafe, a resident of downtown Los Angeles' skid row, points indignantly to the sign reading "Union Rescue Mission" and grumbles that the name no longer fits since April, when the shelter started charging $7 for an overnight stay and cut its three free meals a day to one. "They should change it to 'Union Hotel,' " said the nearly toothless jazz musician. The mission says the move was driven by plummeting funding and soaring demand. For decades, four missions have given out "three hots and a cot" for free in skid row, where 4,000 down-on-their-luck people cram a 50-block area to form the nation's densest concentration of homeless people. Shelter officials say most homeless people receive Social Security disability, which is about $845 a month in California, or general relief, about $221 a month, and that some have jobs.