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Goodwill painting fetches $165,000


Yahoo! News
A painting dropped off at Goodwill [in Portland, OR] by an anonymous donor sold for $165,002 Thursday during an auction on the organization’s Web site.

Bidding on the painting, a 1923 watercolor by the American impressionist Frank Weston Benson, started at $10 on Oct. 12. The bidding soared after the painting was authenticated by the owner of a Portland gallery. The name of the winning bidder has not been revealed.

Dale Emanuel, spokeswoman for Goodwill Industries of the Columbia-Willamette, said that the nonprofit gets a lot of valuable donations, but that it’s unknown whether the person who dropped off the painting knew its worth.

“We get donations that have come through the generations of a family, and as it goes from one person to the next the true value may not be understood,” she said. “I’ve seen that many, many times.”

October 21, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Goodwill painting fetches $165,000

Boston gets lit for Halloween

Reuters via Yahoo! News
Bathed in the orange glow of illuminated “Jack-o’-lanterns,” Boston smashed a world record on Saturday when thousands of volunteers lit the largest number of Halloween pumpkins ever assembled in one place.

“We have just busted past 29,000 lit pumpkins, this is so wow,” shouted John Jacobs, whose Boston-based T-shirt company Life is good sponsored the extravaganza that turned Boston’s historic Common into fields of blazing orange orbs…

Keene, New Hampshire, a city northwest of Boston, has held the record with 28,952 lighted pumpkins since 2003 and vowed to defend its title by illuminating 30,000 this year.


The final total of lit pumpkins in Boston was 30,128.  Keene, NH, has vowed to surpass that at their festival. Stay tuned.

October 21, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Boston gets lit for Halloween

Pack my bags. I’m going to Arkansas

Yahoo! News
diamond.jpg A Wisconsin man visiting an [Arkansas] state park took home the ultimate souvenir: a 5.47-carat canary diamond. Bob Wehle of Ripon, Wis., found the diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro Oct. 14. The park is the world’s only publicly operated diamond site where visitors are allowed to search and keep any gems they find.

Wehle’s 5.47-carat diamond is bright yellow and has no visible flaws, said Tom Stolarz, park superintendent. It is the second-largest gem unearthed this year at the park.

“At first glance, it makes you think of lemon drop candy,” Stolarz said.

The largest diamond this year was found by a Texas couple. Donald and Brenda Roden of Point, Texas, found a 6.35-carat brown diamond in September.


The stone is shown next to a quarter. 

October 21, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pack my bags. I’m going to Arkansas

German rejects “Get Out of Jail Free” card

A 59-YEAR-old German man who has spent the last 34 years in jail has turned down offers to be let out.

“He rejected an offer to leave in 1992,” Thomas Melzer, a spokesman for the Brandenburg state justice ministry, told Bild newspaper today. “We cant do anything if someone sentenced to life in prison doesnt want to leave.”

The man, identified only as Gerold H, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1972 when the area was part of communist East Germany. German prisoners have no obligation to agree to leave jail before their sentences have been completed.

October 21, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on German rejects “Get Out of Jail Free” card