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The skinny: After 58 years, man is square with city for $1

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After 58 years, man is square with city for $1

Dale Crawford, 79, was going through some of his old stuff, clearing out old papers, when he came across a parking ticket he didn't even remember getting. He looked at the date and saw that the ticket, with its $1 fine, was issued in Houston on Feb. 3, 1953, reports KHOU-TV. He surmised that he forgot about it because that was the day he joined the Army, admittedly a bigger deal. So Crawford collected the $1 and went down to the city office and paid up. "It's only a dollar. But it's still a debt." As with any dollar, the city was happy to get it. "We are so impressed with him coming forward that we have waived penalties and interest," Mayor Annise Parker said. And that's not irrelevant. That ticket would cost $35 now, and late fees are $1.50 per hour. Applying that standard in today's dollars, Crawford would have owed more than $750,000.

Nativity news

In Cincinnati, it's the lamb of God

Unpredictable things can happen when live animals are involved, and one did at a live nativity in Cincinnati on Saturday night. A night watchman was making his rounds at the Krohn Conservatory display when he witnessed a Christmas miracle: the birth of a lamb. It all went very smoothly, and mom and baby have been checked out and are doing fine, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Officials at the conservatory said they are considering naming the lamb Merry, as in "Merry Little Christmas." Though Mary, as in "Mary Had a Little Lamb" would seem just as appropriate.

In Minnesota, a goat goes on lam

While there was suddenly an extra animal at the nativity in Cincinnati, one went missing at one being put on at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, Minn., reports the Fergus Falls Journal. A goat belonging to Jim Aakre was being led through the scene when it saw its opportunity to slip to freedom. So it got out of its leash and took off. Aakre tracked it for two hours, a task made harder by a lack of snow. Global warming is wrecking everything. Aakre also contributed a llama and two puppies to the event, none of which escaped. The goat, black with curly hair, is still on the loose.


Man's condition deemed permanent

When Evert Stefansson of Nykoping, Sweden, initally made his request for a powered wheelchair, officials declined, citing their doubt in the permanence of his impairment. Both of Stefansson's legs were amputated due to complications from diabetes. It's sort of permanent. After a month of being mocked in local media, officials reconsidered and approved his request. "It's weird that one has to scream so loud in order to get them to listen," Stefansson's wife, Siv, said.

Compiled from wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: After 58 years, man is square with city for $1 12/27/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 9:46pm]
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