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Nov. 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM   |   Comments

Biden makes visit to Costco

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made a visit Thursday to the first Costco store in the District of Columbia on the day of its grand opening.

The White House said Biden was greeted by Costco Chief Executive Officer Craig Jelinek and co-founder Jim Sinegal when he arrived at the store, and he stopped to chat and pose for photos with customers.

He drew some applause when he flashed a Costco memberships card but then confessed the card belonged to his wife, Jill Biden.

"In all honesty, I didn't have my own card, Jill wouldn't let me have one," he said. "I went to get my wife's card, and she said, 'No, No, get your own card.'"

Biden's cart was filled with items including children's books for donation to his wife's charity, fire logs, a 32-inch TV and an apple pie.

"Now you know why my wife doesn't let me shop alone," Biden joked while gesturing to his cart.


Funeral mixed with football game viewing

HUGO, Minn., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Minnesota woman said the funeral for her late boyfriend will involve pizza and watching the Minnesota Vikings take on the Green Bay Packers.

Terri Moffitt of Hugo said Don Brommerich, who died of brain cancer Nov. 11 at the age of 53, was "a no-fuss kind of guy" as well as a diehard Vikings fan, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Thursday.

"I didn't want a priest or minister that Don didn't know up there blabbing for an hour about a guy he never knew," Moffitt said. "We were looking at the football stuff and I said, 'Oh, there's a Packer-Viking game on Sunday. That's it.'"

Tim Tarmann of Roberts Family Funeral Home in Forest Lake helped Moffitt plan the celebration of Brommerich's life.

"We are seeing a shift in funeral services where more and more families are wanting a unique celebration to honor their loved ones," Tarmann said. "The Viking-Packer rivalry was significant to Don, so what a perfect way for family and friends to honor his life. Just the way Don would have wanted it."


Scallop organs left in wrong car

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Maine fisherman's wife said he is trying to find a plastic tub of scallop organs he placed in a car he mistakenly thought belonged to a graduate student.

Michelle Mays of Southwest Harbor said her husband, Andy, spent six months collecting scallops and he stored the organs from the sea creatures in formaldehyde as part of a research project through Darling Marine Center, the University of Maine's research facility in Walpole, the Bangor (Maine) Daily News reported Thursday.

Mays said her husband was on his way to hand the tub of scallop guts over to a graduate student when he placed the collection in a car he mistakenly thought belonged to the student.

"He saw a vehicle with UMaine plates, put [the scallop guts] in, and walked inside expecting to meet the student, who he knows," Mays said. "When they weren't there, he went back outside and the car was gone."

Michelle Mays said she has been trying to track down the owner of the car while her husband is offshore fishing for lobster.

Mays said she is worried the scallop organs will end up in the trash and ruin six months of work.

"What we don't want is someone to say, 'What the hell is this doing in my car?' and throw it away," she said.


Serbian village fears homeless vampire

ZORAZJE, Serbia, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Residents of a Serbian village said they are taking precautions to protect themselves from a vampire feared to have been resurrected when his home collapsed.

Miodrag Vujetic, a municipal assembly member in Zorazje, said residents are taking precautions against Sava Savanovic, a vampire rumored to have carried out his dark deeds at a watermill that recently collapsed, ABC News reported Thursday.

"People are very worried. Everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people," Vujetic said. "We are all frightened."

Vujetic said locals "are all taking precautions by having holy crosses and icons placed above the entrance to the house, rubbing our hands with garlic, and having a hawthorn stake or thorn."

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