Woman puts resume on billboard
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A Florida woman who has had trouble finding a job said she invested $250 toward her cause by posting her resume on a billboard for 24 hours.
Kim Wilburn of Jacksonville, a former civil engineer who lost her job three years ago, said she had her resume posted for 24 hours on a Clear Channel billboard facing the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, reported Wednesday.
"Are You Looking for A Professional Employee? Look No Further!" the billboard reads.
"It started out as a joke, you know," Wilburn said. "You're riding down the interstate and you see billboards, and I told my husband, 'I think we need to just rent a billboard sign. And now two, three years later, it's become a reality, and we just decided to go for it."
"You have to be different nowadays to get the job," she said. "You have to stand out and be different. And they contacted the radio stations, and here we are."
Board votes down pledge motion
HYDE PARK, Vt., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A Vermont school board voted against a motion that would have required members to say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of every meeting.
The Lamoille Union School Board in Hyde Park voted 3-3 on the motion and the chair of the board, Steve Reber, broke the tie by voting against the motion, WFFF-TV, Burlington, Vt., reported Wednesday.
Some school board members said they opposed the motion because it forced members to say the pledge instead of giving them an option.
"I consider myself a great patriot and I'm willing to say the pledge but I don't want to feel obligated," one board member said.
Letter said to be Lincoln's for sale
MILWAUKEE, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin man attempting to sell a letter he believes was by President Abraham Lincoln is advertising the item at the side of a road.
Ron Barczynski, 74, of Milwaukee -- who advertises the letter with a roadside sign proclaiming it to be a "letter from President Abraham Lincoln" -- said he wants $10,000 for the item, which he said was found in a picture frame he bought from a resale shop 40 years ago, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday.
"I want $10,000. It's a bargain," said Barczynski, who has been spending hours each day for several weeks sitting next to the sign in the hopes of attracting a buyer.
The letter is dated Sept. 20, 1864, and addressed to Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan.
"Have just heard of your great victory. God bless you all, officers and men. Strongly inclined to come up and see you," reads the letter, which is signed "A. Lincoln."
Barczynski said he is suspicious of museums and appraisers, making it unlikely he will have the authenticity of the letter confirmed.
Porn appears in Dish Disney DVR playback
FAIRVIEW, N.C., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A North Carolina woman said 6 minutes of pixilated pornography appeared in a recording of the Disney Channel on her Dish Network-issued DVR.
Georgie Brown of Fairview said she recorded "Lilo and Stitch" from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Disney Channel and played the recording for her children -- ages 5, 3 and nearly 2 -- Sept. 10, WHNS-TV, Greenville, S.C., reported Wednesday.
Brown said the recording displayed a message at one point saying there had been a signal loss and 6 minutes of pixilated pornography then appeared, followed by another message that accompanied the return of the Disney cartoon.
David Guttey, a Dish Network contractor who looked at Brown's receiver, said the incident could not have been caused by the channel being changed. He said other customers may have experienced the same problem when watching the program.
"I've been in the TV industry for 15 years and I've never once seen that," Guttey said. "It kind of had me astonished."
Dish Network issued a statement saying the incident was being investigated.
"We have technology in place to help ensure we deliver the content that subscribers want to watch," the statement said. "We are working with various partners and our customers to better understand what occurred."
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