Police:Job applicant stole from tip jar
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Policesay a woman applying for a job at aDelaware restaurant stole money froma tip jar.Rehoboth Beach police say thewoman filled out an application atFive Guys last Friday, then took about$15 from two separate jars.Police say a review of the applica-tion and surveillance footage led tothe arrest of 44-year-old MelissaBrittingham.WXDE-FM reports that Brittinghamlater pleaded guilty to a theft chargeand received one year of probation.Brittingham must also pay a $500ﬁne and court costs.
Man ticketed for trying to trade gator for beer
MIAMI — Florida wildlife ofﬁcialssay a man tried to trade a live alligatorfor beer at a Miami convenience store.State Fish and WildlifeConservation Commissionspokesman Jorge Pino says the manreceived a citation for illegally captur-ing and trying to sell the gator.Pino tells WTVJ-TVthat the mantrapped the 4-foot-long gator at anearby park and brought it to the storeDec. 10. When he proposed to tradethe animal for a 12-pack of beer, thestore clerk called authorities.Pino says the alligator was “prettymuch in good shape.” The animal wasreleased back into the wild.
Mock trial for ‘The Night Before Christmas’
TROY, N.Y. — It’s a controversywhose roots trace back nearly two cen-turies to a holiday poem ﬁrst pub-lished in an upstate New York newspa-per: Who really wrote “AVisit from St.Nicholas”?This week, a mock trial will be heldin a courtroom in Troy, where the now-classic also known as “The NightBefore Christmas” was ﬁrst publishedanonymously in the Sentinel newspa-per on Dec. 23, 1823.The Daily Gazette of Schenectadyreports that Wednesday’s trial willhave a prominent local lawyer repre-senting Clement Clark Moore, awealthy scholar from New York Citywho’s credited with writing the poem.Other attorneys will argue the side of Henry Livingston Jr., whose descen-dants claim the gentleman farmer fromthe Hudson Valley was the true author.Actors portraying Moore andLivingston will take the stand duringthe courtroom showdown.
Swimmer nabs monster lobster off California coast
HUNTINGTON BEACH — JosephAli says onlookers thought he wasdrunk when he dove into the night-time waters around a SouthernCalifornia pier. But he came awaywith a monster of a lobster and thecatch of a lifetime. Ali tells the Orange County Registerhe was closing his father’s business,Zack’s Pier Plaza in HuntingtonBeach, on Monday when he saw theocean was calm and decided to dive fordinner. He was down about 15 feet goingafter a smaller lobster when he saw thegiant. He says it was too big to grabproperly, but it latched onto him, andhe wrestled it to shore.The lobster weighed nearly 18pounds — even a 5-pounder is consid-ered trophy-sized — and was likely atleast 30 years old.
Arrest in ‘deposit fishing’case
MEDFORD, Ore. — Police in thesouthern Oregon city of Medford saythey’ve made one arrest in the case of two men observed on surveillancevideo trying to ﬁsh deposits out of bank overnight drop boxes.The Mail Tribune reports that 38-year-old Ryan Kullrich of Bakersﬁeldas arrested for investigation of sec-ond-degree burglary and attemptedﬁrst-degree theft.Police say similar thefts and theftattempts have been reported in CentralPoint and Grants Pass in Oregon and inUkiah. Medford police have taken sixreports of deposit pilfering attemptssince Dec. 13.
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Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is 33.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
“AChristmas Carol,” by CharlesDickens, was first published inEngland.
“I never could see why people were so happy about Dickens’‘A Christmas Carol’because I never had any conﬁdence that Scrooge wasgoing to be different the next day.”
— Dr.Karl Menninger,American psychiatrist (1893-1990)
Actress Alyssa Milano is 41.Rapper Lady Sovereign is 28.
A member of China’s national pole dance team performs at a park after the city’s ﬁrst snow this winter in Tianjin.
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, Gen. George Washington led his army of about11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter.
British forces captured Fort Niagara during theWar of 1812.
, the artiﬁcial ﬁber rayon was ﬁrst commerciallyproduced by the American Viscose Co. of Marcus Hook, Pa.
the British Broadcasting Corp. began transmit-ting overseas with its Empire Service to Australia.
, war broke out in Indochina as troops under HoChi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French.
, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named com-mander of the military forces of the North Atlantic TreatyOrganization.
, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.,73, suffered a debilitating stroke while in Palm Beach, Fla.
Apollo 17 splashed down in the Paciﬁc, windingup the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41stvice president of the United States.
, a ﬁre at the Wilberg Mine near Orangeville, Utah,killed 27 people. Britain and China signed an accord return-ing Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
, Lawrence E. Walsh was appointed independentcounsel to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.
, President Bill Clinton was impeached by theRepublican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of justice (he was later acquitted by the Senate).
Ten years ago
: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhaﬁagreed tohalt his nation’s drive to develop nuclear and chemicalweapons. Design plans were unveiled for the signature sky-scraper — a 1,776-foot glass tower — at the site of theWorld Trade Center in New York City.
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(Answers tomorrow)PYLON MOLDYPILLAR MISUSEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The cyclops teacher had just — ONE PUPILNow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 93. Actress CicelyTyson is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician MauriceWhite (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 72. Former South KoreanPresident Lee Myung-bak is 72. Actress Elaine Joyce is 70.Actor Tim Reid is 69. Paleontologist Richard E. Leakey is 69.Musician John McEuen is 68. Singer Janie Fricke is 66. Jazzmusician Lenny White is 64. Actor Mike Lookinland is 53.Actress Jennifer Beals is 50. Actor Scott Cohen is 49. ActorRobert MacNaughton is 47. Magician Criss Angel is 46.Rock musician Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) is 46. Rockmusician Kevin Shepard is 45. Actress Kristy Swanson is 44.
The Daily Derby race winners are Big Ben,No.4,in ﬁrst place;Gold Rush,No.1,in second place;and Eueka,No.7,in third place.The race time wasclocked at 1:40.46.
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