Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Florida fisherman finds owner of $30,000 prosthetic leg he caught

Quite the haul

Fisherman finds owner of lost prosthetic leg

A fisherman was surprised when he hauled up a prosthetic leg from the Gulf of Mexico. Now, he's even more surprised that he was able to find its owner. The leg, worth $30,000, is emblazoned with the logo from the University of Kentucky and its wildcat mascot. Fisherman Matt Willingham says he contacted the manufacturer about finding the leg's owner. WKYT-TV in Lexington, Ky., reports that it belonged to Fred Robinson, who played on the school's football team in the 1980s and lost his leg in a work accident five years ago. Robinson, who now lives in Florida, says he lost the prosthetic swimming over the Memorial Day weekend.

Unfortunate typo

That's why there are dictionaries

Graduating students at a Nevada high school were recently given diplomas that contained a glaring spelling error. The word "graduation" was misspelled as "graduataion," the Elko Daily Free Press reported. Spring Creek High School principal Keith Walz told the paper the misspelled diplomas were an "inadvertent mistake" and the school's supplier, Jostens, said the fault was their own. Jostens sent out corrected diplomas to the 203 affected Spring Creek High students.

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Unwilling to let food go to waste

Unionized cafeteria workers in one western Pennsylvania school district won the right to eat expired food for free — at their own risk. The Herald of Sharon, Pa., reported Monday that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed a grievance against the Sharpsville Area School District last year after school officials "violated established past practice" by no longer allowing workers to eat the expired food for free.

Wood you believe?

Someone really wants toothpicks

Police in Georgia are trying to figure out who stole about 400,000 toothpicks worth nearly $3,000 from a manufacturer in Athens. Police tell the Athens Banner-Herald someone took six cases from Armond's Manufacturing Co. Inc. about two weeks ago and another seven cases disappeared last weekend. The owner believes a current or former employee might be responsible.

A curb on cussing

Hold your tongue, or it may cost you

Officials in Middleborough, Mass., say taking a bite out of the wallet just might be enough of an incentive for people to clean up their language. The Middleborough town meeting was to vote Monday on a proposal to impose a $20 fine on public profanity. Supporters say the proposal is meant to crack down on loud profanity in downtown areas and public parks. The town has had a bylaw against public profanity since 1968, but it has rarely been enforced.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into UFOs have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated UFOs. Experts caution that Earthly explanations o...
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Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program inve...
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WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. Swann, who is 26 and a former WWE cruiserweight champion, was arrested Saturday. According to ...
Published: 12/10/17
Updated: 12/11/17
This radio segments asks listeners to guess the race of criminals

This radio segments asks listeners to guess the race of criminals

ST. PETERSBURG — On the night of Oct. 25, a St. Petersburg woman reportedly propositioned an undercover officer.In return for oral sex, she wanted $5 and a Beanie Baby bear, according to a police report.Is she black? Or is she white? It’s a question ...
Published: 12/10/17
A mysterious boom baffles Tampa Bay, and official sources shrug

A mysterious boom baffles Tampa Bay, and official sources shrug

Whatever it was, the boom shook walls and swayed chandeliers."It sounded like a plane had crashed," said Fred Krauer Jr., 43. The noise rattled every room in his home north of State Road 52 and west of Hicks Road. "I felt it in my feet in the shower....
Published: 12/09/17
Portrait of Hillary Clinton set off security dogs, briefly shutting down Art Miami tent

Portrait of Hillary Clinton set off security dogs, briefly shutting down Art Miami tent

When two security dogs reacted to a suspicious crate before an Art Miami tent opening early Saturday morning, Miami police officers briefly shut down the area for a few hours to investigate the possible threat.But when they opened up the offending cr...
Published: 12/09/17
Opossum breaks into Florida liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk

Opossum breaks into Florida liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by ...
Published: 12/02/17
A Clark Griswold moment: Police pull over driver with giant Christmas tree (w/video)

A Clark Griswold moment: Police pull over driver with giant Christmas tree (w/video)

It was a scene reminiscent of "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation."You remember the opening scene, when Clark Griswold dragged his family to a Christmas tree farm only to find the largest tree on the lot? And how it overtook his station wagon as i...
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A woman tweeted ‘show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house.’ The replies were amazing.

A woman tweeted ‘show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house.’ The replies were amazing.

A brave woman logged onto Twitter Thursday afternoon with a simple request. "Please show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house," @jenndangerous tweeted at 12:40 as many of us were gathering around the Thanksgiving table at our relatives’ h...
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Police: Florida man crashed car to prove intersection was dangerous

Police: Florida man crashed car to prove intersection was dangerous

CLERMONT — Authorities say a man angered over people driving dangerously through a busy intersection appeared to intentionally cause a crash there to highlight the problem. The Daily Commercial reports 61-year-old Bruce John Homer told Lake County Sh...
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