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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.

Check the date

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.

Florida fisherman finds owner of $30,000 prosthetic leg he caught 06/11/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 11, 2012 7:16pm]
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