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February 18, 2019

MONEY FOUND IN DONATED BOOK

PHOENIX (AP) — A book that was donated to charity ended up being worth lots more than expected — because of what was inside. Not the words of the book “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” — but the $4,000 tucked inside a chamber cut into the pages. KPNX-TV in Phoenix reports a volunteer was sorting items donated to a charity book fair last weekend when she found the cash. The volunteer says the former owner also left a letter and an address label inside the book — and that helped him to be tracked down. The man’s family has been contacted — and the money returned. The volunteer says she suspects the man’s family has gone home and checked through every other book in the place.

WORK-RELEASE INMATES HELP FREE BABY

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Some work-release inmates stopped off from work the other day — to release a baby locked inside an SUV. It happened last Thursday in New Port Richey, Florida, where a couple accidentally locked their baby inside their vehicle. A county sheriff’s official says the parents couldn’t afford a locksmith — and the father was ready to break a window to free the child. That’s when the work-release inmates went to work. They pried the front door open wide enough for another innate to use a coat hanger to push a button that unlocked the vehicle. The sheriff tells a local TV station (WXVN) that despite the choices they made leading to their incarceration, the work-release inmates showed they “want to do the right thing in life.”

RUSSIAN TEEN DRIVES CAR BACKWARD, GETS CITED

MOSCOW (AP) — It was a neat trick by a Russian teenager who retrofitted his car so he could drive it backward. But it wasn’t treated kindly by police. The teen was stopped last week after being spotted driving a battered Lada backward. He had moved the gear under the hood to where the trunk normally is — and turned the driver’s seat around. While the rig got a shout-out from Tesla founder Elon Musk through his verified Twitter account, police weren’t as impressed. They fined the teen for driving backward, for illegally refitting the car — and for driving without insurance.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II