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For Maine couple, it's home, sweet container

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For one couple, it's home, sweet … container

Trevor Seip and Jennifer Sansosti have a very self-contained lifestyle. That's to be expected, perhaps, when "home" is a pair of shipping containers bought online for $1,500. They spent a year modifying the containers on their 63-acre property in Ellsworth, in rural Maine, where they hope to eventually build a conventional home. Each container is 20 feet long, 8 feet high and 8 feet wide. One container is insulated, plumbed and wired. It boasts a bed and table that fold against the wall, a sink, a camp stove, a propane heater, a shower and a composting toilet. The other has a closet and a folding futon.

What a mess

Dog DNA tests will find culprits

Residents of Timberwood Commons in Lebanon, N.H., had better clean up after their pets. Debbie Violette, manager of the apartment complex, says she's going to test dog droppings to ensure that pet owners aren't letting stuff lie around. The complex opened this year and already has had problems with residents not scooping up the messes. Violette plans to use commercially available DNA sampling kits to track down offenders. Residents were told Friday to submit samples from their dogs so DNA profiles can be put on file.

Bringing joy

Class ring returned 50 years after loss

If Kelvin Foskey Jr. is not a Boy Scout, he should be one. Kelvin, 13, found a high school class ring in the soil in Canton, Ga., and tracked down the widow of the man who lost it 50 years ago. Kelvin was playing basketball when he spied the ring and scratched it from the earth, his father told the Cherokee Tribune. Father and son found Robert Anderson in a 1960 Dublin High School yearbook, but he had since died. Relatives led them to his widow, Joan Anderson, who was thrilled to have the ring back. Anderson said her husband had gone searching for the ring in 1961 near the spot where it was found this month.

Woof for good cause

Dog escapes, runs race for charity

A Maryland dog has raised more than $14,000 after escaping from his yard and running part of a charity half marathon. Dozer, a 3-year-old golden retriever-poodle mix , joined runners near his home, at mile five of the 13-mile race in Howard County near Baltimore on May 15. Runners reported seeing him at several points and there's video of him crossing the finish line at 2 hours and 14 minutes. He then found his way home. Race officials later honored him with a medal. A fundraising page Dozer's family set up to benefit the University of Maryland's Greenebaum Cancer Center showed $14,846 raised as of Friday.

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"According to reports, poor financial decisions with a Chicago brokerage firm cost al-Qaida over $20 million in investments. Why are we risking the lives of our Navy SEALs? Send in Bernie Madoff. He will take care of these people. In five minutes they will be broke."

Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show

For Maine couple, it's home, sweet container 06/24/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:13pm]

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