Campaign urges neighbors to 'Say Hi'
MALMO, Sweden, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A Swedish housing company announced a $137,000 campaign aimed at encouraging neighbors to greet one another.
The "Say Hi" campaign, announced by the MKB municipal housing company in Malmo, includes a brochure distributed to tenants with instructions on how to make small talk with neighbors, Swedish news agency TT reported Monday.
The pamphlet advises neighbors to prepare open-ended greetings and avoid yes-or-no questions.
However, MKB spokesperson Margaretha Soderstrom said lengthy conversations are not always required.
"It's sometimes enough to smile, nod a little, or make a small gesture," she said. "Basically, it's about noticing one another and not averting your glance when meeting others."
Suspicious package found to be board game
SUNDSVALL, Sweden, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Swedish police responding to a report of a suspicious package in an airport trash can said they discovered the object was found to be a board game.
Police said the package was found Sunday by a custodian in the bathroom of the Midlanda airport in Sundsvall and police X-rayed the package Monday, discovering it contained a board game called Sundsvallsspelet, The Local.se reported Monday.
Investigators said it appeared the package had been in the trash can for several days before it was discovered.
Heroin branded 'LeBron James'
UPPER DARBY, Pa., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania said a heroin dealer busted with 140 packets of the substance was branding his product with the name of NBA star LeBron James.
Upper Darby police said the dealer, Marlon Guess, 19, of Philadelphia was arrested after an undercover officer made a buy from him around 6 p.m. Thursday, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Monday.
Investigators said Guess attempted to flee in a rental car and fled on foot when he struck a police cruiser with the vehicle. He was soon arrested, police said.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Guess was selling bags of heroin bearing the silhouette of a basketball player and the name "LeBron James."
"I don't think LeBron James would be too happy with this drug-dealer dude using his name on these street bags," Chitwood said.
Red panda named for Kevin Durant
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The Oklahoma City Zoo said it named the baby red panda introduced to the public last week after Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
Chrislyn Newton, a keeper at the zoo and a fan of the basketball team, said she dubbed the baby KayDee after Kevin Durant because the baby was born June 6, the night the Thunder won the Western Conference Championship, to parents Yoda and Jaya, The Oklahoman reported Monday.
"Because she was born that night, I thought it was appropriate we honor the Thunder by giving her that name," Newton said.
Newton said KayDee is developing nicely, growing from 108 grams at birth to four pounds in the past three months.
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