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Volunteer pays for full lunches for kids at Houston school

Volunteer pays for kids' lunches

A volunteer at a Houston area elementary school who noticed some students were getting a smaller lunch of cold cheese sandwiches is digging into his own pocket to cover $465 in delinquent meal accounts so all the kids can get the same full lunch tray. "These are elementary school kids," Kenny Thompson, a tutor and mentor at Valley Oaks Elementary in Houston's Spring Branch School District, told TV station KPRC. "They don't need to be worried about finances. They need to be worried about what grade they got in spelling." Thompson said he asked about the lunch differences at his school after hearing about Utah students who last week had meals taken from them because of nonpayment. He learned that more than 60 children were on reduced lunches because parents couldn't afford the 40-cent daily fee. He thinks some students avoided the lunch line altogether to avoid embarrassment, meaning they weren't getting proper daily nutrition. "When I left the building knowing that they were getting fed, they didn't have that stress . . . the best money I ever spent," Thompson said.

Stolen $5M violin is recovered

The mystery of what happened to a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last month in a stun gun attack was answered Thursday when Milwaukee police recovered the instrument. The heist was blamed at least in part on an art thief who once stole a statue from a gallery and then tried to sell it back. The violin, built in 1715 by renowned Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari and valued at $5 million, was found hidden in a suitcase in an attic. Three people were arrested.

Pope's Harley sells for $327K

An unnamed European buyer agreed to pay 241,500 euros ($327,000) for Pope Francis' Harley-Davidson at a Paris auction to benefit charity. Bonhams auction house said the motorcycle had been expected to fetch more than 12,000 euros ($16,000). A leather Harley jacket signed by the pontiff sold for 57,500 euros. It's unknown if he ever rode the custom 2013 Dyna Super Glide that was a gift from Willie Davidson, grandson of the company's co-founder.

Times wires

Volunteer pays for full lunches for kids at Houston school 02/06/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:35pm]
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