Originally created 05/28/03

Odds and Ends



PINELLAS PARK, Fla. -- Dawn Jenkins isn't in the new Jim Carrey comedy "Bruce Almighty," but her phone number is - and that's become a problem.

In the film, Carrey stars as a mortal who receives the powers of God. The character of God tries to reach Carrey's character by repeatedly leaving a phone number on his pager.

But instead of the usual 555 prefix used by most television shows and films, God's number is a common exchange - one too common for Jenkins' liking. It's her cell phone number.

She's been getting about 20 calls per hour, with callers asking for God before hanging up.

"What am I to do?" Jenkins wrote on an Internet forum. Reached by telephone by the St. Petersburg Times, Jenkins declined further comment, saying only she wants to hire an attorney. Officials from Universal Studios did not return telephone calls from the newspaper Monday.

Jenkins isn't alone in her plight. The number on Carrey's character's pager matches the number of a South Carolina woman who declined to give her name, but said she's been "getting aggravated to death" by the incessant calling.

It also matches the number for a call center to a group of five Colorado talk-radio stations. Ron Nickel, senior vice president for the Radio Colorado Network, was worried about what would happen Tuesday, the first regular office workday since the movie's release.

"My receptionist is going to go crazy," Nickel said.

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BIGLERVILLE, Pa. -- This small town in central Pennsylvania recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding - 36 years after celebrating its 150th.

Historians looking at courthouse records years ago had apparently confused records of Biglerville with those of the founding of Idaville, a village about six miles north.

As a result they believed Biglerville, sometimes called the Apple Capital of Pennsylvania, was 86 years older than it was.

"The records were talking about a town that was half way between Gettysburg and Carlisle," said longtime Biglerville resident Marion Harbaugh. "Biglerville isn't halfway."

Idaville is.

Harbaugh, who was one of the people in charge of the festivities back in 1967, said she found out about the error six months ago. "It was quite a shock," she said.

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MESA, Ariz. -- As a present, a former World War II pilot got to do something he hadn't done in almost six decades: fly in P-51 Mustang.

Leroy Steiger, wearing his old flight suit, took a 25-minute flight Sunday in a plane identical to the one he flew over Germany during World War II. The flight was a birthday gift from his family.

"I never thought I would be able to do this again," he said before the flight. "This is the most fun I'm going to have in 58 years."

The P-51 entered the war in 1943 and served as an escort for B-17 and B-24 bombers.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The cost for the most expensive slot machine tokens in Atlantic City may soon double.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, scheduled to open this summer, has been given temporary approval to offer machines that accept $1,000 tokens. The most expensive token now in use in Atlantic City is $500.

The $1,000 coins are in limited use in Las Vegas but will make their debut in Atlantic City at the Borgata.

"There will be some players that will love to give this machine a shot," said Paul Tjoumakaris, the casino's vice president of slot operations.

Of the casino's 3,640 slot machines, two will accept the $1,000 tokens, two will accept $500 tokens, 10 will take $100 denominations and 16 will accept $25 coins.

The top payout for the $1,000 machines is $1 million.

The Casino Control Commission approved the new tokens in time for the Borgata's scheduled opening in late July. The commission will hear public comment on the slot machine proposal through July 18 before making a final decision.

Not all casino-goers are enthralled with the idea.

"That's way out of my league," said Rose Heeghan, 72, of Margate. "I don't even play $1 slots."