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Man Celebrates 40 Christmases With the Same Tree

Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree when two of his sons went off to war in 1974, vowing not to take it down until all six children returned to his Wisconsin home for Christmas. The same tree, he says, is still standing in his living room.

Olson's oldest son was injured in the Vietnam War, and his disability has stopped him from returning to Wausau from Washington state for Christmas. So the tree has stayed up, still covered in the same ornaments, tinsel and lights as the day Olson decorated it. And the needles, though yellowing, are still there.

"The needles are kept on for a reason," Olson, 89, told the Wausau Daily Herald ( http://mnhne.ws/1JRQnKL ) for a story published Wednesday. "It's supernatural, I say."


"I bet you if my sixth boy comes home, the needles will drop right off," he said.


Florida man: ‘If I had some crack, I wouldn’t be out here stealing (stuff)"

A Boynton Beach man and a Lantana woman were arrested Sunday in connection with three burglaries in Palm Beach County, according to an arrest report.

William John Lee and Dana Ruth Valentine are facing three counts each of burglary of an occupied conveyance and criminal mischief between $200 and $1,000 and two counts of larceny.

Lee, 45, and Valentine, 49, are both being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Lamenting his arrest to Valentine in the back of a Delray Beach patrol car, Lee was recorded by an in-car recording system as saying: “If I had some crack, I wouldn’t be out here stealing (stuff).”


Elf arrested

Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunken driving charges in New Jersey.

Riverdale police tell NJ.com that 23-year-old Brian Chellis was found passed out in a car early Friday morning wearing an Elf on the Shelf costume.

Lt. James Macintosh says the Cedar Grove man was asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. He says Chellis was in a red shirt, red pants and white ruffled collar.

Macintosh says Chellis seemed confused about where he was and had an open can of beer in the car. He was issued a summons and released to a family member.


Satanists display "snaketivity" at Michigan Capitol

Before dawn this morning, five Satanists erected what they call a "snaketivity" on the east lawn of the state Capitol.

A fake snake coils its body around the display, which features the phrase “The Greatest Gift is Knowledge.”

Jax Blackmore is with the Satanic Temple of Detroit. She says her group was inspired to ask for space on the Capitol lawn after hearing about plans for a Christian Nativity at the Capitol.

“We really didn’t … feel comfortable with just a Nativity scene being the only representation for the holidays on the Capitol grounds,” says Blackmore.


Vin Scully's 1988 World Series ring goes missing, found in a bag of ribs from Costco

Vin Scully can find his way into our hearts even during the gloomiest winter afternoons, as he proved again Thursday when he unwittingly starred in his own holiday movie.

The Ribs That Saved Christmas.

"I feel like such a dummy," Scully said with a laugh. "Only Scully could lose a ring while putting meat in a bag."


Breakfast with who?!?!

Well then...

Richard C. Hottelet, last of original 'Murrow's Boys,' dies

Source: Yahoo

Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97.

CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said that Hottelet died early Wednesday morning at his home in Wilton.

Hottelet was a foreign correspondent for the United Press in Berlin at the start of World War II — and even spent several months in a Nazi prison — before joining CBS in London in 1944.

He reported from many battlefronts, and went on to become CBS' correspondent for the United Nations, an assignment he began in 1960. He resigned in 1985 to join the U.S. Mission to the U.N. as its public affairs counselor, leaving that post in 1987 over differences with Ambassador Vernon A. Walters.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/richard-c-hottelet-last-original-murrows-boys-dies-163352908.html

Pope Francis played key role in U.S.-Cuba deal

Pope Francis played a key role in finalizing a deal to open relations between the United States and Cuba for the first time in 53 years, according to a U.S. official.

While discussions took place in Canada over the last year and a half, a key meeting also happened at the Vatican in the fall. Aside from President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, the pontiff was the only other foreign leader directly involved in the talks, said a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the talks publicly.

Francis' support was particularly important given Cuba's historical and cultural Catholic identity, the official said, and his election as the first-ever pope from Latin America gave him particular credibility.


Ohio Legislature goes down to the wire on measure to reform redistricting

Source: Aurora Advocate

Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature have hammered out an agreement to reform the way the state draws its legislative districts following negotiations that stretched overnight Dec. 11.

The Ohio Senate OK’d the proposed constitutional amendment on a vote of 28-1 just after 4 a.m. Dec. 12, and the Ohio House is expected to do the same on its final voting session of the year on Dec. 17.

The final resolution requires bipartisan agreement on new district lines or implements an “impasse” provision restarting the process, initially after four years.

“This is the most significant bipartisan activity that I’ve been involved in my time here in the House in the general assembly,” said Rep. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), a primary co-sponsor of the resolution. He added later of the plan, “It will provide more bipartisanship in decision-making, more openness, more transparency and a better product for the people of this state.”

Read more: http://www.auroraadvocate.com/latest%20headlines/2014/12/12/ohio-legislature-goes-down-to-the-wire-on-measure-to-reform-redistricting

I'm surprised Republicans agreed to this.

I have to ask: What's the catch?

Catholic bishops call for end to fossil fuels

Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty.

Catholics, they say, should engage with the process leading to a proposed new deal to be signed in Paris next year.

The statement is the first time that senior church figures from every continent have issued such a call.

Negotiators in Lima are currently trying to advance the outline text of an agreement at UN-led talks.


Cross-posted in the Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity group.
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