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The skinny: Voting ends in a tie, so cards call the winner

Luck of the draw

Voting ends in a tie, so cards call the winner

Milo Cardenas will be the Republican candidate for sheriff of Morrill County, Neb., in November, and since there is no Democratic candidate, he stands an excellent chance of winning. At the very least, it won't be as close an election as the primary was. Cardenas won the nod on Monday when he drew the nine of hearts, beating Travis Petersen's six of spades. The two had tied at 379 votes in the primary, and Nebraska law calls for a game of chance to settle the issue. "I felt more comfortable with the deck of cards. That way you pick your own destiny," said the man who drew the winning destiny. So sort of easy for him to be magnanimous about it.

Multitasking

2 nontraditional uses for coffins

• Police in Mifflintown, Pa., say that Nicole April Kelly, 19, was being transported to a jail when she made an escape. They searched for hours before the owner of a funeral home called to say he found her in one of his coffins. He held her there until police came and picked her up.

• Prosecutors in Naples, Italy, believe that some of the city's lower-end pizzerias may be getting a cut-rate deal on the oak needed fuel their wood-burning ovens by buying it black market from grave robbers who are stealing coffins.

Sit. Stay. Good dog.

Sweet spot for canine concert

A concert at the Sydney Opera House next month will turn the iconic venue into a kennel for one night only. As part of a music festival, the venue will host a concert for dogs, which will feature music that only dogs can hear, reports the Australian Daily Telegraph. At least that's the story they're telling. So if you're in Sydney on June 5, with your dog, the concert is on the north foyer and will last 20 minutes.

Survivor: Croatia

Lottery winner has no use for jackpot

Frano Selak, 81, has survived a lot of near-fatal accidents in his life. And not stuff like "boy that was close to car wreck." Selak was on a train in 1962 that derailed into a river. And he was sucked out of an airplane when the door opened during the flight and survived by landing in a pile of hay. "I never thought I was lucky to survive all my brushes with death. I thought I was unlucky to be in them in the first place," he said. Either way, luck changed five years ago when he won $874,000 in the Croatian lottery. And now he has the love of a good woman, new wife Katarina. She's his fifth, but he is liking his chances with her so much that he decided to sell his home on a private island, give away the rest of his winnings, and live happily ever after. "When she arrived I knew then that I really did have a charmed, blessed life," he told the Daily Telegraph. Katarina did not comment.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

The skinny: Voting ends in a tie, so cards call the winner 05/18/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:41pm]
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