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Steve Stewart

Big bucks from flawed 1-buck coins

Danielle Komis’ best friend, a 24-year-old graduate student in Florida, made big bucks from the U.S. Mint’s $1 coins that are missing “In God We Trust” around the rim.

On a whim, she and her family picked up coins at their bank in Jacksonville, Fla., and discovered that most of them were flawed.

Immediately, the family headed back to the bank, cleared out its dollar-coin stash, and sold them on eBay and to local dealers. Collectively, they’d made nearly $20,000 at last report.

The birthday check that Danielle was going to send her previously cash-strapped friend to help pay for a plane ticket home to Kentucky quickly became a silly idea for a present.

An expert quoted by The Associated Press guessed that at least 50,000 of these defective coins were placed in circulation and said they would “probably settle in the $50 range.”

Runaway dog saves 3

A local family lost its dog.

Weeks later, family members received a call from a woman in rural Tennessee who had read the dog’s ID tag. They drove to Tennessee, retrieved the dog, and offered the woman her reward. She declined, Eric Fleischauer reports.

“That dog kept me out of prison,” she said.

She had just discovered her husband was having an affair with her sister and was on the way to confront them, she explained. As she drove to the scene of the infidelity, primed for revenge, she saw the dog narrowly miss being run over.

While rescuing the dog, she reconsidered how violent the upcoming confrontation should be.

Open meetings

Legislators often talk to lobbyists in their Montgomery offices behind closed doors.

But M.J. Ellington reports that on one day, hours before the Senate went into session, senators and lobbyists crowded along both sides of the hallway while offices sat empty.

They had multiple reasons, but one reporter asked if they had to evacuate their offices.

“Bird flu. It’s bird flu,” quipped Sen. Larry Means, D-Attalla. A nearby lobbyist wasn’t so sure.

“It might be bird flu. It might be E. coli,” the lobbyist said.

Lord & Son, builders

Dear Abby had a column Thursday about people with funny names, some of which match their occupations.

Abby didn’t mention the company name I first saw in front of a church being built in Fort Walton, Beach, Fla.: Lord & Son Construction Inc.

I’m not making this up. Neither was the church.

Lord & Son is a real company whose Web site declares, “We focus beyond today to tomorrow, instilling confidence and building business relationships based on our core values and our clients’ construction needs.”

Loyal churchgoer

A real turkey was one of the most loyal attendees at Lambs United Methodist Church in St. Clair County, Mich.

We mean a real turkey. The animal greeted people as they arrived on Sundays and knew that when pastor James Huff got there, it was time to start worship.

The AP reported that between Sundays, the turkey would chase children at a bus stop and strut down the street, trying to impress female turkeys.

But a car killed the bird, and the church was planning a Sunday moment of silence.

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