DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS-LIQUOR
BOSTON (AP) — The Christmas spirits will be flowing for folks in Massachusetts. State liquor stores will be open next Monday. Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill yesterday to allow the sale of beer, wine and liquor. Under the old law when Christmas falls on Sunday, the liquor stores had to stay closed on Monday, too.
DETROIT (AP) — The Secret Santas are spreading Christmas cheer -- in the form of $100 bills. A couple handed out 12,000 bucks in C-notes to people in Detroit and the suburb of Lincoln Park. The Detroit Free Press reports it was the fourth annual giveaway for the couple. The paper didn't publish their names. The couple has strong ties to the Detroit area. But the paper reports they live out of state.
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Addison the dachshund is back home in Kansas for Christmas. The dog was found in Tampa, Florida. Animal shelter workers say Addison was affectionate, so they figured she came from a loving home. A scan of an implanted microchip revealed Addison belongs to a family in a Kansas City suburb. Local wiener dog lovers helped to get her home. An elementary school teacher donated her frequent-flier miles and bought a seat on the plane for the dog and herself. Addison's owner left the dog temporarily this summer with family in Arizona, who then moved to Florida. That's where the dog was lost.
CRUISE SHIP DORM
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. (AP) — The cruise to nowhere is over for some Maryland college students. A cruise ship had been home to 240 students at St. Mary's College for nearly two months. They had been forced out of their dorms while the school fixed a mold problem. When those students return from their holiday break, they'll be going back to their old rooms. The Sea Voyager cost the college about $20,000 a day. Officials say that's what hotel rooms would have cost, but the hotels were too far from campus. The ship was tied up to a dock at the school.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia pickpocket picked the wrong pocketbook to pick. Police say they caught Wanda Singleton reaching into the purse belonging to the wife of an officer. The incident occurred at a Philadelphia restaurant, while waiting for a table for a Christmas celebration. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says one of his officers grabbed Singleton's arm. She was held until Philadelphia police arrived. Authorities say the 46-year-old Singleton has a long criminal record. She's being held on $150,000 bail.
SUSPECT CEILING DROP
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Drop in sometime. And a California parolee did just that. Police in San Bernardino report a suspect fell through the ceiling and into the arms of a SWAT team. According to authorities, Tommy Nelson barricaded himself inside a stranger's apartment for more than five hours. Tear gas was tossed into the attic and Nelson started moving around. A local paper (San Bernardino County Sun) reports the ceiling gave way under Nelson. He was booked for investigation of burglary, violating parole and being a felon with a handgun.
by Jamie Friar
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.