WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS
McCOOK, Neb. (AP) -- Laura Ford is dreaming of a White House Christmas. The Nebraska florist is one of 100 chosen to help decorate the White House for the holidays. She says the opportunity is a "florist's dream." But it won't be a vacation in D-C. She says they'll have a short meeting on Thanksgiving Day. Then it's up at 7:00 a.m. for six solid days of work. Ford tells a local paper (McCook Daily Gazette) there will be a lot of it, too. Last year's holiday decorations at the White House included 27 trees, dozens of wreaths and more than a mile and a-half of ribbon.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Talk about getting blasted! Police in suburban Salt Lake City blame an explosion on some pot smokers. Authorities in Cottonwood Heights say the men were using a leaking butane lighter. The butane gas was then set off by the pilot light on a water heater. Three windows in an apartment were blown-out by the blast, but no was hurt. Police say two of the pot smokers stuck around. The third was caught later Saturday night. Authorities say they're considering drug possession and other charges against the men.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Bud Stiles was a comparative kid when he bowled his first two perfect games. That was when he was about 65. Now, he's done it again -- a perfect 300 score at age 80. Stiles says his fellow bowlers in a senior league helped when he was on his way to the 300 score. Stiles tells The Coloradoan newspaper the other bowlers just played in their own games instead of watching him. He says otherwise he would been too nervous.
BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) -- It's luxury accommodations with everything from a sauna to an executive chef, on 50 wooded acres. But 22-grand a month doesn't get you a stay an exclusive resort -- it gets you into rehab. The Ridge in Cincinnati is a private rehab center. The well-healed go there to get off booze and drugs. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports it's the only luxury rehab in the area. Treatment usually runs 28 days.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Gold fever is catching again. Interest in gold mining in Alaska is rising along with the price of gold. Gold is selling for about $1,700 an ounce. Bill Dunlevy has been prospecting for 46 years. Now, his prospecting club leads newcomers to established claims. But there's no guarantee they'll find gold. Dunlevy says the lucky ones might cover their expenses. However, Dunlevy wears the proof there's gold in Alaska. He has a pendant made from his greatest find -- a nugget of more than five ounces.
LEARNING WITH LEGOS
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- Playing with Legos isn't just fooling around. At least not for some kids in Pleasant Valley, Iowa, schools. They're learning about robotics. The kids start in elementary school. By the time they reach Pleasant Valley Junior High, they're ready for some serious study. They build robots from Legos and program them, too. But it's not just about computers and electronics. Educators tell a local paper (Quad-City Times) the children also learn how to work together on their Lego projects.
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