HOMELESS SCIENCE WHIZ
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- Homeless Long Island teen Samantha Garvey will get a close-up look at President Barack Obama. Samantha is attracting nationwide attention as a semifinalist in a prestigious national science contest. She's been invited by a New York congressman to watch President Obama as he delivers his State of the Union address next Tuesday evening. Samantha is a senior at Brentwood High School. She's achieved academic success despite her family's financial troubles and lives in a homeless shelter. Samantha hopes to be a marine biologist. She's one of 300 semifinalists in the Intel science contest.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- How cold is it in Buffalo? Not cold enough! Usually western New York is frozen solid this time of year. But this has been an unusually mild winter in much of the country, including Buffalo. So, Buffalo's annual pond hockey tournament is being moved off the ice. Instead of pond hockey, the skaters will be playing street hockey. Organizers of next month's Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament say they're refunding the entry fees of 1,000 players. Labatt Blue spokesman Brett Carlson says the tournament can be moved back to the ice, if there's a cold snap.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Video games are getting some respect. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is planning its first major exhibit exploring the art and evolution of video games. "The Art of Video Games" opens March 16th at the museum in Washington. The graphics, technology and storytelling of some of the best games will be highlighted. Dozens of games were chosen with the help of an online vote last year. The exhibit will go on a national tour after closing in Washington in September.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Students at George Washington University want your old phones. Student organizations on the Washington campus are competing to collect the most used cell phones. The phones will be recycled and the money will go to fund technology projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nepal. There's something in it for the students, too. The organization collecting the most phones will get $3,000 from the university. Second and third place are worth two-grand, and $1,000. The goal is to collect 20,000 old phones and portable electronic devices in a month.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- There's nothing cheap about the Super Bowl -- except the buses. Fans going to Indianapolis for the big game next month will be paying through the nose. But at least they'll get to ride city buses for free. Indianapolis officials say the IndyGo bus system won't be collecting the usual buck-75 fare over four days, ending with Super Bowl Sunday February 5th. The bus tab is being picked up by a federal grant.
BOA CONSTRICTOR FOUND
ENFIELD, N.Y. (AP) -- Good home wanted for big snake. Animal welfare officials in central New York are trying place a six and a-half foot long boa constrictor that was found under a house. The homeowner got quite a scare when he was doing some work under his home. But officials say the man was able to coax the snake into a pillow case and brought it to the local SPCA shelter. The SPCA experts don't know if the big boa is an escaped pet or was deliberately set loose.
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