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December 17, 2018

MICHIGAN BOY WORKS TO RAISE MONEY FOR BEST FRIEND’S TOMBSTONE

DETROIT (AP) — A 12-year-old Michigan boy’s heartwarming gesture for his deceased best friend is getting both recognition — and help. Recently, The Detroit News ran a story about Kaleb Klakulak, who’d been best buds with Kenneth “K.J.” Gross since second grade. K.J. died in May from leukemia. After seeing their finances drained because of medical treatments, the family couldn’t afford a headstone. And that’s when Kaleb went to work — literally. He has been working odd jobs to raise money for a gravestone for K.J. After reading about Kaleb’s efforts, a funeral home director decided to donate the headstone. David Techner says the story touched his heart — and he decided to follow the young man’s lead. Kaleb says he is “glad.”

FOUND MONEY RETURNED

MONMOUTH BEACH, N.J. (AP) — In many cases the “finders, keepers” rule holds. In this case, however it took 14 years for the finder to keep the find. Paige Woodie was 12 years old in 2004 when she and a friend found $3 — and turned it in to a police officer in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey. The money was never claimed — and ended up in an evidence bag until just recently. The money turned up in an audit and Woodie says it was returned to her. She says half the money goes to her friend.

ZOMBIE - DRIVER

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A man’s fear of zombies has landed him in prison. The Sun Herald of Gulfport, Mississippi reports 32-year-old Shaun Michael Stroud was arrested in April after he stole a front-end loader and smashed it into at least four cars in a Walmart parking lot. Two of the cars were occupied. Stroud told police he thought the world was ending. Meanwhile, the part of his world that involves freedom is ending; after pleading guilty to a series of charges in the case, Stroud was sentenced to 15 years in prison. In case you’re wondering, prosecutors say Stroud was on drugs.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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