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Noteworthy

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 7, 2006


NOTEWORTHY

Take a left at the Apollo Creed wing

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has decided to display the only piece of "art" a lot of its visitors are remotely familiar with: the statue of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. The statue, which was seen in Rocky III through XXXIII, has really been at the museum only during the filming of however many sequels there have been. (There's another one coming out this year. Really.) When it wasn't a movie prop, it was stationed outside a Philly sports arena. Snoots in suits have long thought that the ton of bronze didn't belong at such a prestigious venue, but finally changed their minds when the 11-bazillionth tourist ran up the steps pumping their fists without bothering to actually walk into the museum, above.

It's hard to work around all that cash

Seemed like a good idea at the time. David C. Faison, who used to work at the Treasury Department carting around currency paper, left work one day with 21 sheets of $100 bills. He hid them in Christmas wrapping paper at his house until he tried to launder them through slot machines in three states. The bills didn't have seals or serial numbers yet, and you would be surprised how fast a casino notices stuff like that. Faison was busted, and pleaded guilty to stealing counterfeiting materials. He could get a year in prison, on top of $37,200 he has to pay in restitution.

THE LAST RIDES

Well, we're already on the train ...

If Daniel Stepanovich spent any time imparting the value of frugality on his daughter, he has a big smile on his face right now, wherever he is. See, Stepanovich and his unidentified daughter were on a train to Chicago when he died in a sleeper car on Sunday, somewhere around Glenwood Springs, Colo. He was 80 and had cancer. But his daughter knew she had to get him back to Chicago, and didn't want to pay to ship the body. Not when he already had a ticket. So she didn't tell anyone. For 23 hours. And 1,000 miles. He was pronounced dead on arrival Tuesday in Chicago.

Rickshaw requiem

Starting Sept. 18, a vacation to New Delhi will just have to be complete even without a ride through the heart of the city in a rickshaw. Electric buses will replace the human-powered carts through the city's Chandi Chowk market, which up to now was pretty much defined by rickshaws. Its hard to imagine electric buses adding much ambiance. What they will add, though, is the ability to get through the area in a reasonable amount of time. Rickshaws and vending carts make the area virtually impassable.

UPDATE

Naked Vt. teens

The Select Board of the town of Brattleboro, Vt., decided it wasn't going to let a bunch of naked teenagers force it to make some law making it illegal to be naked in public. A group of teens have spent the summer sitting around downtown without clothes, thinking that was a good idea. (Judging from the photos, it's not.) The board decided to wait and see if Vermont's winter cures the problem. "If spring comes and we still have a problem, we'll take another look at it," said Select Board Chairman Steve Steidle.

[Last modified September 7, 2006, 01:26:33]


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