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Nov. 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM   |   Comments

Caviar dish bears $1,200 price tag

LOS GATOS, Calif., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A high-end Japanese restaurant in California is offering a $1,200 dish containing fine caviar and topped with 24-karat gold leaves.

Katsu, a restaurant in the northern California town of Los Gatos, has introduced the Decadence Staircase, a dish consisting of a bamboo staircase topped with Russian Sevruga, Osetra, Golden Osetra caviar and premium Beluga caviar, ABC News reported Wednesday.

The dish, which also includes spiny lobster sashimi and Japanese Wagyu shabu shabu, is topped with 24-karat gold leaves.

"Pricing is based on market supply and scarcity of products that are difficult and costly to import," Derek Schuette, the restaurant's general manager, said of the dish's high price tag.


Dusseldorf adopts 'grinning 'D' as logo

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The mayor of Dusseldorf, Germany, has adopted the grinning emoticon symbol -- :D -- as the city's logo in an effort to make the city more "liked."

Mayor Dirk Elbers said at a meeting with business, political, educational and cultural leaders that the city is "respected but not liked," so he commissioned an advertising agency to come up with a symbol and they brought him a red :D, The Local.de reported Wednesday.

"We are partly to blame for this ourselves, as we have over-emphasized performance at the expense of human, emotional aspects," Elbers said of the city's reputation.

Frank Lotze, head of the BBDO advertising agency, said the emoticon, being referred to as "the grinning D," sums up the feelings officials want people to have when they think of the city.

"We wanted an over-arching symbol which exudes the feeling of living in the city -- the grinning D is concise and appealing. And we decided on red and white as they are the colors of the city," Lotze said.


Wannabe rapper steals school bus

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A mentally ill Michigan man told police he stole a school bus in Wyoming, Mich., so he could drive to Detroit to record rap music and become a star.

Josiah Daniel Curtis, 25, of Grand Rapids, is in jail on charges of driving without a license and receiving and concealing stolen property, The Detroit News reported.

Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies arrested Curtis on Thanksgiving after receiving a call that someone was driving a school bus erratically in the Ann Arbor area

Sgt. Geoffrey Fox said when the bus was finally stopped, Curtis told deputies he was headed to Detroit to work on some music.

Police in Wyoming, Mich., where the school bus was stolen, said he crashed several buses before managing to drive one out of the lot.

Curtis' mother told police her son has a history of mental illness that began when he was in high school, WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, Mich., reported.

Probate court records show the family made an effort to get help for their son. In one year alone, he was in and out of psychiatric hospitals five times.


Man returns $15,500 found in envelope

MADRID, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A Spanish businessman has pledged to find a job for a man who turned in $15,500 the businessman dropped in a cafe.

The businessman said the cash was returned to him by a waitress who was handed the money by a customer who found it in an envelope, thinkSpain reported Wednesday.

The man said he was "overwhelmed" by the honesty of the customer and awarded the other man $161 for returning his cash.

The businessman said he also plans to help the 31-year-old man find a job.

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