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The skinny: Ford pickup is recovered 38 years after it was stolen

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Ford pickup is back 38 years after theft

Harold Voelker tucked away the ownership title and memories of his prized 1956 Ford F-100 pickup after it was stolen in 1972 in Los Angeles. Both were dusted off when authorities told Voelker they had found the vehicle in Modesto, Calif. — 38 years after it went missing. "That was my baby," Voelker, 63, said Thursday. He retrieved the pickup Tuesday after it was discovered last week. The truck is running well, but there were some changes. It was pale yellow when it was stolen, but is now white. It has alloy wheels, which he plans to replace with original stainless steel hubcaps. He also plans to install a theft alarm and park the truck in his garage — and get plates that say "Back Home," or "It's Back."

Google-y eyed

Hearts are set on high-speed service

Dear Google, we love you. P.S.: How about a high-speed service? In a totally shameless — and perfectly understandable — exhibition of schmooze, dozens of residents of Longmont, Colo., will use their bodies today to spell out a love note to Google in the parking lot of Silver Creek High School. They will form a red heart between the words "Longmont" and "Google," which will be spelled out by about 82 cars. Organizers hope that will sway the Mountain View, Calif., company to choose Longmont over thousands of other cities to test an ultra high-speed Internet service.

Canine capers

Scooper finds $58 in doggie deposit

This is why your mother says to wash your hands after handling money. An employee of DoodyCalls Pet Waste Removal in St. Louis found a load of money in dog poop and returned it to the pooch's owner. Well, $58, which is not exactly a "load," but you get the idea. Wilson wasn't sure what to do when he saw money sticking out from the other pile. But he pulled out the cash, sanitized it, put it in a plastic bag and gave it back to the customer. It could be a first. The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists says Wilson is the only person in his profession to find and report money in dog poop.

Recruit has his nose on the job

It was police bloodhound Tank Tebow's first day on the job, but he showed no nerves when he tracked down his first man. Tank was donated to police Monday and began his career with Officer Curtis Hahne in Newburgh, 60 miles north of New York City, on Tuesday. Two hours later, police began a search for a parole violator. Tank followed the man's scent into a commercial area, through woods, across streets and into an apartment complex. The man quickly surrendered.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Ford pickup is recovered 38 years after it was stolen 06/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 18, 2010 12:09am]
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