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Sept. 27, 2012 at 6:30 AM   |   Comments

Peacock spotted near doctor's office

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Workers at a Michigan doctor's office said they were trying to find the owner of a peacock that showed up in the area.

Employees at the Farmington Hills doctor's office said they have been feeding the animal, which is not indigenous to the United States, and giving it water, but they worry about its health when the weather cools, WXYZ-TV, Detroit, reported Wednesday.

The office said local animal control authorities had not yet responded to their calls.


Babe Ruth autograph donated to library

CLERMONT, Fla., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A Florida library said a Babe Ruth-autographed postcard discovered by volunteers sorting through donations appears to be authentic.

Terry Moherek, president of the Cooper Memorial Library Association, said the penny postcard was found among the photos, maps, papers and other items donated to the library in Clermont and experts have said the autograph appears genuine, the Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday.

"We don't know where it come from or who gave it to us," Moherek said. "When we first saw it, I thought, 'Oh, wonderful!'"

However, Moherek said the item has been "damaged" by someone tracing over part of the "B" and making markings above the signature.

Babe Ruth, whose real name was George Herman Ruth, hit 714 home runs during his 1914-1935 baseball career, most of which was spent with the New York Yankees.


1933 letter finds way to rightful owners

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A Colorado woman who was finally able to deliver a letter postmarked in 1933 to the family of its intended recipient said her mother found the item in 1960.

Vicki Berg said her mother discovered the letter, addressed to W.J. Chafee at the Purina company and his wife Margaret Ann, and some accompanying photos when she moved into her Westminster home in 1960 and she asked Vicki to find their rightful owner about a year before her death, KMGH-TV, Denver, reported Wednesday.

"They've looked at me for years and I didn't know where they were supposed to go," Berg said.

Berg said she and a friend enlisted the help of KMGH-TV producer Marianne Mckiernan when they were unable to locate the family on their own.

"Once you get a name, you might get a sibling's name, a spouse's name, a child's name, and the more names you get, the easier it is to keep drilling for information," Mckiernan said.

Mckiernan was eventually able to track down descendant Carolyn Chafee Howard and Berg presented Howard and her family with the letter.

"I just am tickled that you sent this because you took the time. Most people just say, look, it's one more thing on my to-do list," Carolyn Chafee Howard told Berg.


Rare penny sells for $1 million

LINCROFT, N.J., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The co-chairman of the Texas Rangers paid a New Jersey dealership $1 million for a rare penny mistakenly made from the wrong materials, the dealer says.

Bob Simpson purchased the rare coin, a 1943 penny mistakenly made from bronze instead of zinc-coated steel at the San Francisco Mint, from Legend Numismatics in Lincroft after the Professional Coin Grading rated it a 62 out of 70, ABC News reported Wednesday.

The coin grading service said the U.S. Mint switched from bronze planchets to zinc-coated steel in 1943 due to the need for copper in the war effort.

"By error, some bronze planchets made it into the hoppers at all three mints, were struck and released into circulation. These have become the most famous and valuable of all off-metal errors," PCGS said in a release.

However, the coin sale falls short of a national record. A dime from 1873 sold for $1.84 million at an August auction.

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