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Alderman Urges Fines For Feeding Pigeons

CHICAGO,  (UPI) –  Chicago Alderman James Cappelman says he wants to double the penalty for people who feed pigeons to a maximum of $1,000 and six months in jail. Cappelman isn’t enamored of Chicago’s ubiquitous birds and WBBM-TV reported Thursday he’s not alone. “They’re a nuisance. They’re everywhere. You know, you could stand there waiting […]

Parade Features Mobile Outhouse, Grinches

BOYKIN, S.C., (UPI) –  Floats at a lighthearted South Carolina Christmas parade included a jail cell float, two Grinches, a mobile outhouse and a cross-dresser named Fatback Queen. The 19th annual Boykin Parade, in the unincorporated Boykin community in rural Kershaw County, drew a crowd of thousands to view the animals, tractors, marching bands and […]

Indiana Jones Journal Origin A Mystery

CHICAGO,  (UPI) –  Officials at the University of Chicago said an apparent Indiana Jones fan sent a replica movie prop to the school addressed to “Henry Walton Jones Jr.” Admissions counselor Grace Chapin said workers were left scratching their heads when no “Henry Walton Jones” could be found in the school directory, the Chicago Tribune […]

Man’s Christmas Display Has 75,000 Lights

MORRISTOWN, N.J., (UPI) –  A New Jersey man who has been creating elaborate Christmas displays for 28 years said this year’s display outside his home includes 75,000 lights. Mike Antreassian, 70, of Rockaway Township in Morris County, said people have already come to see his lights from across the state and he is expecting hundreds […]

Christmas Lights On Truck Yield $274 Ticket

WICHITA, Kan., (UPI) –  A Kansas man given a $274 citation for decking his pickup truck out in Christmas lights said his illuminated vehicle has been spreading holiday cheer. David Hill of Wichita, founder of the group OneSpark, which aims to feed and clothe the homeless, said he spent 16 hours covering his truck in […]

Hasbro To Meet With Girl Camapigner

PAWTUCKET, R.I., (UPI) –  Hasbro officials said they will meet with a 13-year-old New Jersey girl who campaigned for the toymaker to make a boy-friendly Easy-Bake Oven for her brother. McKenna Pope, 13, of Bergen County gained 42,000 signatures on her Change.org petition to have Hasbro feature boys as well as girls on the packaging […]

Woman Inherits $7.4M In Gold Coins

CARSON CITY, Nev., (UPI) –  Officials in Carson City, Nev., have declared a California woman the rightful owner of $7.4 million in gold coins found in the home of her late cousin. City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover said a month’s worth of genealogical research determined Arlene Magdon, a first cousin to the late Walter Samasko Jr., […]

Speed Camera Tickets Stopped Car

BALTIMORE, (UPI) –  A Baltimore man who was cited by a speed camera for driving 38 mph in a 25 mph zone said his car is clearly motionless in pictures and video footage. Daniel Doty said the speed camera image with his $40 ticket from April 24 depicts his four-door Mazda wagon stopped at a […]

Police Probe Theft Of Driveway

REDDICK, Fla., (UPI) –  Authorities in Florida said they are investigating an unusual theft — 300 square feet of brick pavers comprising a woman’s driveway. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said the victim told deputies she left her Reddick home around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and she arrived home at 6 p.m. to discover the pavers […]

Iced-Over Train Toilet Picture Goes Viral

WARSAW, Poland, (UPI) –  A Polish railway operator said an iced-over toilet photographed by a train rider was the result of an unsealed window. The photographer, identified only as Agnieszka, said she was aboard a train from Warsaw to Szczecin when she walked into the lavatory and saw the toilet was covered in ice and […]

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