Originally created 01/24/02

Odds and ends



ROCKTON, Ill. -- The sign has stood there for more than a quarter of a century, warning motorists not to cut through the cemetery.

It simply reads: "Dead end."

Now, some people say the sign is in bad taste and want it removed.

"It's funny, but it shouldn't be here," said Louise Trull, Rockton Township's Cemetery Board president. "It's hurtful to people doing business on cemetery grounds, burying people."

Trull, a longtime Winnebago County resident, said she has heard many complaints about the sign's double meaning. So she asked village trustees to remove it.

Trustee Scott Fridly, who oversees public works, said he and his committee discussed the sign Monday and decided that it should come down.

The sign has been at the cemetery's entrance since George Tillett put it up in 1976. It was intended to warn drivers they could not cut through the 24-acre cemetery, which borders Rock River.

"I did it to slow 'em down, so they didn't end up in the drink," Tillett said.

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Who would use counterfeit $20 bills to buy Girl Scout cookies?

Someone "despicable," says Port St. Lucie police, who are looking for two adults who passed two phony twenties to Scouts selling cookies outside a supermarket.

Troop leader Jennifer Bozone says they didn't notice anything unusual about the bills until later.

"We were standing in the bright sun, so I didn't notice that the money looked a little different," Bozone told The Port St. Lucie News. "Once I had a chance to put all the money together, I noticed it didn't look like the rest of it."

Her 9-year-old daughter, Emme, says giving the Scouts the fake bills was a "pretty mean" thing to do.

Police agree.

Officers are giving the girls cash to cover their counterfeit loses, department spokesman Chuck Johnson said.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Hoagies vs. pirogies. Elevated trains vs. inclines. Pittsburgh's trendy South Side vs. Philly's trendy South Street.

Eagles vs. Steelers in the Super Bowl?

Despite the rivalry between the two teams, many of their fans are rooting for an all-Pennsylvania title matchup.

If the Eagles beat the St. Louis Rams in Sunday's NFC championship and the Steelers beat the New England Patriots in the AFC championship, Pennsylvania will be guaranteed a winner in Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans on Feb. 3.

"That's what I'm hoping for, an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl. It'd be the first time in history," said Jesse Smith, 40, a security guard at Veterans Stadium.

Even Punxsutawney Phil is getting into the act. The western Pennsylvania groundhog's handlers say he'll not only predict the weather, but the outcome of this year's Super Bowl, which is the day after Groundhog Day.

Teams from the same state have squared off only twice in 35 previous Super Bowls: the New York Giants downed the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV, and the San Francisco 49ers routed the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX.

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BROADWAY, N.C. -- Broadway is finally coming to Broadway.

Residents in this Lee County town of 1,100 have tried for years to lure a show here from the New York theater district with the same name.

Their efforts finally paid off last week when organizers on the Great White Way decided to hit the road to show appreciation for the help it received after Sept. 11.

The hourlong musical revue called "New York Loves America: The Broadway Tour", will play at Broadway Elementary School on Jan. 27 as part of a 14-city tour.

"It's such a lark," said Amy Stevens, a town commissioner. "Here they come to little Broadway."

The free show will include songs from current Broadway shows as well as numbers from productions opening later this spring, including "One Mo' Time" and "Oklahoma!"

Actress Sandy Duncan will lead a group of five performers. It's being put together by the League of American Theatres and Producers.

Broadway will be by far the smallest stop on the tour, which includes performances in Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington and Denver.

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- About 200,000 state vacation guides were printed before officials discovered that a page with a greeting from Gov. John Hoeven had misspelled "North."

It was spelled N-R-O-T-H.

Tourism Director Allan Stenehjem said the goof was caught before the guide was distributed. He said the page will be reprinted and a personal letter from the governor will be added. The cost of the fix, about $3,000, will be covered by the printing company, he said.

"We have kind of an editing process and it goes back and forth," Stenehjem said. "We make sure every page is checked. Somewhere along the line, somebody keyed in and it was just a typo, and for some reason it didn't get caught.

The booklets go to people interested in a visit to North Dakota and to hotels, convention and visitors bureaus, along with tourism information centers.

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SYDNEY, Australia -- The state government wants to make prostitutes' lives a little easier.

New South Wales workplace safety watchdog on Monday released guidelines aimed at providing a better working environment for prostitutes in Australia's most populous state.

The potential pitfalls include injuries caused by dim lighting in brothels and massage parlors, tripping in showers and repetitive movement problems, the government agency said.

The "Getting on Top of Health and Safety" guidelines cover potential hazards to be checked in a brothel such as loose bed frames, storage of condoms and checking cleanliness of spas.

It also warns of concerns about back injury from unsuitable beds and wrist injury from constant massage.

While the industry has traditionally focused on improving sexual health and safer sex practices, WorkCover New South Wales said sex workers face many other work-related risks.

WorkCover general manager Kate McKenzie said the guidelines cover brothels, massage parlors, escort agencies and various other sex venues.

Prostitution has been decriminalized in New South Wales and most brothels are officially licensed by state authorities.

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YORK, Pa. -- A man wanted in an armed robbery was arrested in the wrong place at the wrong time - in prison, where he was visiting his alleged accomplice, authorities said.

David Ruppert, 21, was arrested Tuesday at the York County Prison while he was visiting Robert Haley, 18, charged in the same Oct. 3 robbery of a woman making a bank deposit, West Manchester Township Detective Jeffrey Snell said.

"He probably went there to find out if Haley was gonna rat on him," Snell said.

Snell said he was checking addresses where Ruppert used to live Tuesday and spoke to someone who suggested that the suspect might be visiting at the prison.

Snell made a quick phone call and confirmed that Ruppert was there, then told prison authorities that Ruppert should not be allowed to leave.

"As he was walking out, he was taken down," Snell said.

Court documents indicated Ruppert was being held on $50,000 bail on charges of robbery, criminal conspiracy and weapons violations. A preliminary hearing for both Ruppert and Haley is scheduled March 27.