CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- You'll have a better chance seeing the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The National Park Service is upping the number of tickets. This year's lighting is scheduled for December 1 in front of the White House. The Park Service will hand out 3,000 tickets for seats and 14,000 for standing-room. Since 2009, the Park Service has doubled the number of standing-room tickets. They'll be distributed through an online lottery, beginning November 3. The president and first family traditionally light the tree.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- If you're going to the courthouse for a gun permit -- better leave the gun at home. Police in Pittsburgh report a woman looking for something to read found a gun in a magazine rack. Police took the pistol and reviewed surveillance video. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports police busted Tyrone Burse. Authorities say he told them he hid the gun before going into the sheriff's office at the courthouse. Burse was looking to get a license to carry a concealed weapon. Burse now faces a number of charges including carrying a firearm without a license and pot possession.
BOOMER LICENSE PLATES
BOSTON (AP) -- "Talkin' 'bout my generation." That may soon be more than a line from a classic Who song. Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a special license plate for baby boomers. The plate would include a design to represent their generation. The graphics will be picked in a contest. The baby boomer tags would cost drivers an extra 30 bucks. The money would go to support local councils on aging across Massachusetts.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The fed-up flight attendant isn't going to jail. Steven Slater has been sentenced to a year of probation after completing court-ordered treatment. Slater became the talk of late night comics after exiting his JetBlue plane in a blaze of glory. He grabbed a beer and slid down an emergency chute at New York's Kennedy Airport, in August of last year. Slater says he's now in a much better place after counseling and substance abuse treatment. He hopes to write a memoir about his 20 years in the airline industry.
KENT, Wash. (AP) -- It's more than just a day in the park. It's a park built in a day. More than 250 volunteers constructed a neighborhood park in Kent, Washington. The kids, teens and adults had the whole thing put together in less than eight hours. The new park has everything from swings to walking paths. The project was organized by a national non-profit organization for playgrounds and a health insurance company. It's the first of eight instant parks to be built across the nation.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Sara Lane didn't go to culinary school to learn how to bake. She got her kitchen education by watching TV cooking shows. Lane does the baking for Cafe Cupcake, while her mom, Lisa Crawford, does the selling. Their treats are a hit inside the Capitol Market in Charleston, West Virginia. Lane has her own focus group to test her latest cupcake creations -- her husband and three kids. Lane tells a local paper (Daily Mail) hubby Patrick is an eager taster for anything made with peanut butter.
by Jamie Friar
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