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By TIMES WIRES
Published May 22, 2007


Lucky in lotto

Couldn't sell winning ticket, so she bought it

Ever the salesperson, Kristina Schneider tried to get a customer at a gas station in North Canton, Ohio, to buy the last ticket on the roll of Magnificent Millions lottery game. But he couldn't afford that many. So when she found $10 in front of the store later, she bought the ticket. And won $1-million. She opted for the 20 yearly payments of $50, 000. "If I'd have taken a lump sum, I'd be broke again within five years, " she said.

Awww, shoot

In K.C., even broad side of barn is safe

If you're going to get caught in the middle of a gunbattle, it would seem Kansas City, Mo., is a good city to do it in. Apparently, they can't hit anything there. According to the Kansas City Star, two groups squared off last week. About 100 bullets were fired between a group of people on the porch of a house, and another group in the street. But no one got hit. Police officers in the area initially thought that they were the targets, but they didn't get hit either.

Refusing refuse

Italy runs out of room for garbage

People in Naples, Italy, have a big stinking problem. The problem is that there is nowhere to take the garbage. So garbage collectors have stopped collecting it. Which means the refuse is just piling up in the streets. The problem has gotten so bad that people have taken to burning the garbage in the streets, a solution that they've found has not only not worked, but made it worse by turning the stench into smoke and carrying it further. Officials have tried to get more dumps built, but no one wants them in their neighborhood.

Merging food, fresco

Salad dressing saves ancient art

Last week, we reported that the Taj Mahal in India will be cleaned with mud. Not to be outdone, Italian scientists have developed a goop to restore centuries-old artwork, and the goop is remarkably similar to salad dressing. Italian dressing, no doubt. LiveScience reports that the emulsion devised by chemist Piero Baglioni was used to clean the 500-year-old frescoes by Renaissance master Lorenzo di Pietro at a hospital in Siena. Ironically, most of the stuff they were cleaning off was the resin that some well-meaning art conservationist put on it about 50 years ago to protect it.

Training lesson

The mannequin was not suicidal

A new item for the next training manual at Allegheny Energy: Try to never leave a mannequin hanging from a utility pole. When concerned citizens saw what looked to be a body hanging from a pole on the utility's property in Martinsburg, W.Va., they called the authorities. "We thought it was real, " police Sgt. B.L. Yost said. "We were, for a minute, wondering how we were going to get the man down off of the pole."

Compiled from Times wires and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster.