Mile marker 420 becomes419.99 to thwart thieves
DENVER — Colorado officialsthink a difference of one-hundredth of a mile will be enough to stop thievesfrom stealing the mile marker 420sign along Interstate 70.Amy Ford of the ColoradoDepartment of Transportation saysthe “MILE 420” sign near Strattonwas stolen for the last time sometimein the last year, and officials replacedit with a sign that says “MILE419.99.”Ford says it’s the only “420” signto be replaced in the state that recent-ly legalized recreational marijuana.Most highways aren’t long enough toneed one.The number “420” has long beenassociated with marijuana, though itsorigins as a shorthand for pot aremurky.Mile 419.99, about 25 miles fromthe Kansas border, isn’t the onlyplace in Colorado with a fractionalmile marker. Cameron Pass inLarimer County has a “MILE 68.5”sign after frequent thefts of the “MILE69” sign.
Cat rescued after three winter days in Ohio drainpipe
FINDLAY, Ohio — Acat that spentat least three winter days in a north-west Ohio drainpipe has been rescuedafter initially refusing attempts tolure it out with tuna, the classic callof “here, kitty, kitty” and even a cell-phone app that meowed.The Courier newspaper reports aresident in Findlay heard the cat’scries Wednesday. Groundskeepers at aschool cut through the pipe Friday tofree the orange cat, which was muddy,emaciated and hypothermic.The male cat has been named Piper.It has a broken leg and other injuriessignaling it’s had a rough time lately.But things are looking up, with anumber of people volunteering toadopt if it goes unclaimed.One veterinarian assessed the catthis way: “If they truly have ninelives, he probably has three left.”
Police:Pennsylvania man stole sanitizer to make cocktails
ALTOONA, Pa. — Authorities say aman stole 12 bottles of hand sanitiz-er from a central Pennsylvania hospi-tal so he could mix it with orange juice and drink it for the alcohol itcontained.The Altoona Mirror reports 51-year-old Lee Ammerman has beenmailed a summons requiring him tosurrender Feb. 5 on charges of theftand receiving stolen property.Police say an employee at UPMCAltoona hospital saw Ammermansteal a bottle of sanitizer in Octoberby hiding it in an arm sling he waswearing. They say Ammermanreturned to steal more sanitizer twicein December.Police say they confrontedAmmerman, who acknowledged steal-ing the sanitizer, saying, “I mix theliquid with orange juice.”The hospital is seeking about $80in restitution.Ammerman doesn’t have a listedphone or an attorney named in courtrecords.
Owner:Dead chickens beingleft at New Mexico cemetery
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — AsmallAlbuquerque cemetery appears to bethe victim of some fowl activity:Someone is leaving dead chickensand bird parts near its headstones.KRQE-TVreports that MichaelGabaldon, co-owner of RomeroCemetery, says for two years, deadchickens and chicken parts have beendropped off overnight.He says the chickens have been leftperiodically from every day to everytwo weeks. There also are bones orfeathers scattered throughout thecemetery.Gabaldon says he doesn’t know if the chickens are part of a religiousceremony, but he called the bizarrepractice disgusting and creepy.He says he hopes to put up a gate tokeep cars out at night.
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American songwriter Stephen Foster,who’d written such classics as “SwaneeRiver,” “Oh! Susanna,” “CamptownRaces,” “My Old Kentucky Home” and“Beautiful Dreamer,” died in poverty ina New York hospital at age 37.
Comedian Rip Taylor is 80.Actor OrlandoBloom is 37.
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, James Oglethorpe and some 120 Englishcolonists arrived at Charleston, S.C., while en route to settlein present-day Georgia.
, President George Washington approved a measureadding two stars and two stripes to the American ﬂag, fol-lowing the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to theUnion. (The number of stripes was later reduced to the origi-nal 13.)
, Emile Zola’s famous defense of Capt. AlfredDreyfus, “J’accuse,” was published in Paris.
, a new law went into effect granting Puerto RicansU.S. birthright citizenship. Novelist and poet James Joycedied in Zurich, Switzerland, less than a month before his59th birthday.
, during World War II, Soviet forces began a huge,successful offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
, comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in westLos Angeles 10 days before his 43rd birthday.
, Roman Catholic Bishop Karol Wojtyla (the futurePope John Paul II) was appointed Archbishop of Krakow,Poland, by Pope Paul VI.
, Robert C. Weaver was named Secretary of Housingand Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson;Weaver became the ﬁrst black Cabinet member.
, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died inWaverly, Minn., at age 66.
, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington,D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac Riverafter taking off during a snowstorm, killing a total of 78 peo-ple; four passengers and a ﬂight attendant survived.Actress Frances Sternhagen is 84. TVpersonality NickClooney is 80. Actor Billy Gray is 76. Actor Richard Moll is71. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 60. Rhythm-and-bluesmusician Fred White is 59. Rock musician James Lomenzo(Megadeth) is 55. Actor Kevin Anderson is 54. Rock singerGraham “Suggs” McPherson (Madness) is 53. Country singerTrace Adkins is 52. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 50. ActorPatrick Dempsey is 48. Actress Traci Bingham is 46. ActorKeith Coogan is 44. Actress Nicole Eggert is 42. Actor JulianMorris is 31. Actor Liam Hemsworth (Film: “The HungerGames” movies) is 24.
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