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The skinny: At 101, weather observer gets place in sun

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At 101, weather observer gets place in sun

It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930. The retired chicken and dairy farmer, whose home sits in the heart of the ritzy Hamptons, has been recording daily readings of temperature and precipitation on eastern Long Island, N.Y., longer than any volunteer observer in the history of the National Weather Service. The service will honor him on Sunday by naming its 80-year service award in his honor at a Long Island ceremony. Hendrickson explained in an interview that agriculture and weather are inextricably linked. "I've been a farmer all my life," he said. "You don't cut hay today and let it dry in the field if you know it's going to rain tomorrow. You try to be your own weatherman."

At home with spirits

Site for wedding is a big cemetery

A Nebraska couple chose an unusual venue for their wedding: the largest cemetery in Omaha, Neb. Janyl Jumadinova and Oliver Bonham-Carter exchanged vows Saturday in Forest Lawn Cemetery. They were surrounded by family, friends and more than 100,000 souls buried in the 349-acre cemetery. The bride, who is from Kyrgyzstan, said her culture holds a firm belief in spirits. Some of the groom's ancestors are buried in the cemetery, the Omaha World-Herald reported. "It's not at all creepy," he said. "We have thousands of witnesses — both alive and dead!"

WHAT's A Kardashian?

Eh, never mind that EPA tweet

The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian. The Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday night about an online game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," in which players walk red carpets, attend photo shoots and get dolled up like a Kardashian. An agency spokeswoman said the off-topic tweet was done by an intern. The tweet was removed within hours, but not before one from the account of Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the 88-year-old co-author of the Clean Water Act, poked fun by asking what a Kardashian is.

Jig is up

Rhyming judge isn't buying tale

An Oregon man accused of stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint was convicted of the crime by a judge who left him with a rhyme. The Oregonian reported Clackamas County Judge Susie Norby did not buy JaJuane Etheridge's claim that he was set up. She summarized the case by telling him Monday: "You lied and lied; I can't put that aside. It was your car; you went too far. You hid the pup; the jig was up. You got rid of the gun; your game is done." Sentencing is Aug. 1.

Compiled from wire services

The skinny: At 101, weather observer gets place in sun 07/22/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:24am]
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