December 3, 2015
12 Days Of Christmas Items Top $34K, Up 0.6 Percent
Pittsburgh (AP) Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover!
The cost of 10 lords a-leaping increased 3 percent over last year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” stayed the same price as last year, according to the 32nd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index released Monday. The index is a whimsical way the Pittsburgh-based bank tracks inflation.
The full set of prices:
Partridge, $25; last year: $20. Pear tree, $190; last year: $188. Two turtle doves, $290; last year: $260. Three French hens, $182; last year: same. Four calling birds (canaries), $600; last year: same. Five gold rings, $750; last year: same. Six geese-a-laying, $360; last year: same.
Seven swans a-swimming, $13,125; last year: same. Eight maids a-milking, $58; last year: same. Nine ladies dancing (per performance), $7,553; last year: same. 10 lords a-leaping (per performance), $5,508; last year: $5,348. 11 pipers piping (per performance), $2,635; last year: same. 12 drummers drumming (per performance), $2,855; last year: same
South Dakota Ghost Town Up For Sale, At Reduced Price
Swett, SD (AP) The southwestern South Dakota ghost town of Swett is once again for sale, and this time the asking price is a lot cheaper.
Swett is home to about 6 acres of land, an empty house reputed to be haunted and a closed bar. It first went on the market in June 2014, for $399,000. It generated interest around the world, but the three written offers fell through for various reasons.
Real estate agent Stacie Montgomery told the Rapid City Journal that she’s put the town southeast of Rapid City back on the market, at a reduced price of $250,000.
Montgomery said when Swett went on the market last year, she got hundreds of emails and calls from prospects as far away as China, Russia and Australia. She said she got several verbal offers in addition to the written ones.
Those who showed interest in buying the town included people who wanted to be mayor or live off-grid, and production companies considering reality shows, Montgomery said.
One pitch, Montgomery said, was from a Nebraska man who wanted to bring in 2,000 women from Russia and 600 men who are felons, build houses and run cameras nonstop.
Montgomery still gets phone calls about the town, she said.
“It’s been a year and a half and people still want to know about Swett,” Montgomery said.
Cop Pays Thief’s Tab For Stolen Birthday Cake Ingredients
Portsmouth, NH (AP) A New Hampshire police officer dispatched to the scene of a shoplifting incident paid the thief’s tab after learning a woman stole the items to bake her child’s birthday cake.
The Portsmouth Herald reports Officer Michael Kotsonis, a 19-year member of the Portsmouth force, responded to a call last week at the Ocean State Job Lots after a woman had stolen cake mix, shortening and “a couple things of frosting.”
After investigating the theft and learning the woman’s identity, Kotsonis went to her home to recover the items. It was there that he found that the woman was a mother who wanted to bake her child a birthday cake.
Kotsonis says the mother’s actions weren’t right, but, “I’m not going to take away a kid’s birthday cake.” He went back to the store and bought the items.
A store employee reported his gesture to the newspaper. Frank Warchol, acting deputy police chief, said he wouldn’t have known about it, either, if not for a reporter’s call. He said Kotsonis exemplifies the department’s mission statement emphasizing community, commitment and compassion.
“I didn’t do it for the attention,” Kotsonis said Tuesday. “What you do when no one is looking, that’s the character of someone.”
Modesto Man Wins $10M Lottery Minutes After Winning $1K
Modesto, CA (AP) A Modesto man’s lucky hunch paid off when he won a $1,000 lottery prize and immediately bought more tickets - winning $10 million with one of them.
California lottery officials say Rodney Meadows was out running errands Nov. 23 when he decided to pick up some $30 California Lottery 30th anniversary scratcher tickets at a Modesto store.
He won $1,000 on the first ticket he bought.
KCRA-TV reports Meadows decided to buy three more tickets a minute later and that’s when he scratched the ticket that made him a millionaire.
Meadows says he had to ask the store clerk to check his ticket at the machine because he couldn’t believe he had won $10 million.
He says he doesn’t yet know how he’ll spend his winnings.
Maine Woman Tapes Free Coats To Light Poles For The Needy
Portland, ME (AP) A woman in Portland, Maine, is starting a campaign to encourage people to tape free coats to light poles to help the needy this winter.
Gabby Kaper taped several jackets with notes on them in downtown Portland. WCSH-TV reports that the notes read: “I am not lost! Please take me if you need me!”
Kaper says she got the jackets for a dollar each at Goodwill. She is using social media to ask people to do the same. She says $5 spent on jackets is enough to “make five people less freezing.”
Kaper says people are already starting to take the jackets and to wear them.
Corgi Ends Up In Honolulu Instead Of Mississippi
Honolulu (AP) An American Airlines passenger’s pet took something of an unplanned Hawaiian vacation when the corgi was placed on the wrong flight and ended up in Honolulu.
Hawaii News Now reports that Bethany the Pembroke Welsh corgi was headed with her owner from Seattle to their new home in Jackson, Mississippi, on Saturday when she was placed on the wrong connecting flight in Dallas.
When owner Paul Chen found he had made it to his final destination without his pup he reported the dog missing and offered a $1,000 reward.
Bethany left the islands on Monday for Dallas and is scheduled to make her trip to Mississippi Tuesday.
American Airlines says they are looking at their procedures to find how the corgi ended up on the wrong plane.