a missing sculpture
add $10,000 more to the loss of $50B
After losing more than $50-billion belonging to investors, Bernard Madoff has lost something belonging to himself: a $10,000 copper sculpture from his multimillion-dollar home in Palm Beach. There is no word on who took the sculpture of two seated lifeguards — whether a plain theft or perhaps an attempt to get back some of those billions. Police spokeswoman Janet Kinsella said Tuesday that a housekeeper reported the statue missing Dec. 22. Madoff, a former Wall Street money manager, was arrested several weeks ago in New York on fraud charges. He met many investors in Palm Beach, where he was a part-time resident.
a $650,000 ticket
There's big money in discarded trash
Steven LeClair of Richford, Vt., is just plain lucky. He not only had a winning lottery ticket worth $650,000, he also threw it away and then found it again. LeClair got the ticket for the Tri-State Megabucks drawing on Dec. 24 as a Christmas gift from his mother. The ticket was in a gift bag and LeClair threw the bag out. Vermont Lottery spokeswoman Hadley Melendy says LeClair's wife found out two days later that the only winning ticket had been sold at a market in Richford. Could it be the one he threw away? You bet. LeClair, who works for a car dealership, went through the trash at his home and found it. He couldn't be reached Tuesday to tell how he felt after retrieving the ticket.
Wis. Capitol moves to Minneapolis?
On a new Web site for campaign finance information in Wisconsin, the state Capitol stands in front of a skyline that looks remarkably like the one of Minneapolis. Why, it is the Minneapolis skyline. When Wisconsin state Sen. Jeff Plale noticed the error, he was a bit ruffled. "I'm looking at that thinking, 'What the heck?' " The folks building the Web site for the state says it will be cleared up. The image of the Minneapolis skyline was being used as a placeholder until a copyright-free image of Madison's skyline could be found. At least that's what the Web site builder said.
AND THE SURVEY SAID ...
Rage for new year: pooch smooching
We figured you wanted to know about this, so we pass it on: More people will kiss their pooch than another human when the new year rolls in. That's according to an end-of-the-year Zogby/Times Square New Year's Eve poll. Women are 4.5 times as likely to spend New Year's Eve with a pet as men are. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to spend New Year's Eve with a pet. "We've discovered over the four years that we've been conducting this survey that people love seeing in the new year with their pet," said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance. No pets were included in the survey, which was conducted online with 2,000 adults and had a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.