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The skinny: Snowman can't take the heat, hits the road

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Snowman can't take the heat, hits the road

The Murley family in Eaglehawk, Australia, is lamenting the disappearance of their beloved holiday ornament, Francis Frostman, a fake snowman. Since Francis disappeared more than a week ago, the family has received photos of him hanging out at bars, racing go-karts, riding motorcycles, and least sensibly, at a tanning salon. "Saturday night he went out dancing and did a piano duet with someone at the local pub," Sarah Murley told the Melbourne Herald Sun. "It sounds like he's having a great time, which is all very well, but the kids are missing him." It all brings about an interesting question. It was 24 degrees in Eaglehawk on Tuesday. Celsius. That's 75 degrees as we know them to be, and it's summer there.


Generic car costs woman her gifts

Linda Gipson of Ypslanti, Mich., swears she bought $700 worth of Christmas gifts and loaded them in the trunk of her car, reports the Detroit Free Press. But when the gifts weren't in the trunk later, she realized something terrible must have happened. Like, she actually loaded them into a car that looked a lot like hers. That's what happens when you drive a 2003 silver sedan. Apparently, the cars not only looked alike, but Gipson's key worked in the trunk. Gipson is now hoping to hear from the owner of a 2003 silver sedan with unexplained presents in the trunk.

Ho Ho Hum

Mass. Santa ban is short-lived

Richard Langlois, the superintendent of schools in Saugus, Mass., took a firm line on the issue of Santas in the schools. He ruled that area firefighters could not come to schools dressed as the benevolent elf, quelling a controversy that had not yet existed. Reaction was so swift that the ban was rescinded later the same day. "This is political correctness gone awry," school committee member Arthur Grabowski told the Daily Item of Lynn, Mass.

Police reports

Will charges stick in robbery arrest?

Police in Indianapolis have arrested Aaron Randolph after an incident at the PNC Bank on Monday. A man walked into the bank and held a gun to the workers. As it turns out, it was a glue gun. Police used surveillance video to establish Randolph as a suspect and found the money when they arrested him. They also recovered the glue gun, according to WISH-TV.

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

The skinny: Snowman can't take the heat, hits the road 12/20/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 8:18pm]
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