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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — What has two heads, a hard shell — and a Facebook page? A turtle born at the San Antonio Zoo. The double-headed shell-dweller has become so popular she has her own Facebook page. Zoo officials say the turtle is named Thelma and Louise — after the characters in the 1991 Oscar-winning movie. And despite the defect, the turtle is doing well. A spokeswoman notes Thelma and Louise can eat and swim and — most importantly — the two heads seem to get along. The Facebook page shows photos of the two-headed turtle and imaginary conversations between the two heads.
STOLEN ATM IN NEW YORK
NEW YORK (AP) — This takes the idea of an ATM withdrawl to a new level. New York City police are looking for the people who used a backhoe to withdraw not the contents of a cash machine — but the entire machine itself. It happened at a Chase bank in the borough of Queens. The culprits used a backhoe to ram into a wall and the ATM. The machine had been reported missing from a nearby construction site. Police say it's unclear if any money was taken. But they say it is clear that there have been a rash of smash-and-grab thefts at ATMs.
LOTTERY WINNERS FROM TRASH
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — You've heard the saying: one man's trash is another man's treasure. In this case, the trash and treasure belonged to the same people. A Massachusetts couple have ended up winning $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket they inadvertently threw away. Joseph and Joanne Zagami of North Attleborough bought a $5 ticket from a vending machine while doing grocery shopping. The ticket was shoved into a bag and forgotten. The following day the husband asked his wife if she scratched the ticket to see if it was a winner. She hadn't. So they dug through their trash and found the ticket in the trash. And it turned out to be a million-dollar winner. They decided to take the lump-sum payment of $650,000 before taxes. They plan to pay off their mortgage and other bills — and take a vacation.
CLASS RING REETURNED
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — Imagine losing a high school ring — and getting it back more than six decades later. That's what happened with Dick Diedrich. The Illinois man has been reunited with his 1949 class ring from J. Sterling Morton High School. He got it when Mike Geiger found it with a metal detector in a lake near his home. Geiger tracked down Diedrich and sent him the ring, which is from the class of 1949. In case you're wondering how far back that goes, the president of the United States at the time — was Harry Truman.
MAN KEEPS SNEAKING INTO JAIL
NEW YORK (AP) — You can understand how an inmate might want to repeatedly sneak out of jail. But here's the story of a guy who keeps sneaking his way INTO New York City jails. The New York Post reports Matthew Matagrano has pleaded guilty to posing as a corrections officer and faking his way into a Manhattan jail. He has pleaded guilty to repeatedly using phony credentials to get into jails. During one of those visits, Matagrano assaulted an inmate and stole a $2,500 walkie-talkie. He was also handing out cigarettes to inmates. It's unclear why the former inmate — who is a convicted sex offender — wanted to get get back into jail buildings. He may get his wish — in a big way. He faces 10 years behind bars at sentencing.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
Created: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:15:23 EST
Updated: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:15:23 EST