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UPI NewsTrack Quirks in the News

Feb. 22, 2013 at 5:31 PM   |   Comments

Forbes: Detroit most miserable U.S. city

DETROIT, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Forbes magazine says Detroit tops the list of "America's Most Miserable Cities," based on factors including tax rates and weather, but not sports teams.

The magazine said it looked at the 200 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas and analyzed factors including foreclosure rates for 2012, property tax rates, income tax rates, weather and the change in median home prices between 2009 and 2012 to come up with its list of "America's Most Miserable Cities."

Forbes said performance of local sports teams and political corruption were dropped from the methodology for this year's list because those elements are based on regional data, as opposed to city-specific data.

The rest of the list: Flint, Mich.; Rockford, Ill.; Chicago; Modesto, Calif.; Vallejo, Calif.; Warren, Mich.; Stockton, Calif.; Lake County, Ill.; and New York.


Mixologist: Margarita is top U.S. cocktail

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A New York mixologist said Friday the margarita is the top-selling cocktail in the United States so it's "cool" the drink has its own holiday.

Kyle Ford, who works as brand ambassador for Cointreau -- a French manufacturer of triple sec, an ingredient in the classic margarita -- National Margarita Day was being celebrated Friday, the New York Daily News reported.

"America loves margaritas. It's the number-one-selling cocktail in the country," Ford said of the beverage, which also includes tequila and lime juice. "There's a holiday for almost everything, so how cool is it that there's one for a cocktail?"

Jenna Fagan, president of Avion tequila, said February is a good time for the holiday, as many people begin to tire of the winter cold.

"When you're having a great drink it transports you emotionally," Fagan said. "A margarita transports us all to summer, sitting on that beach with a margarita in hand."

Neither Ford nor the Daily News cited the source of the claim so it might be advisable to take it with a grain of salt.


iPads, jewelry, vacuums left on NYC trains

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- New York transit officials said 24,445 items from subways and buses were turned in at lost-and-found in 2012, including jewelry, phones, even vacuum cleaners.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said items turned in were mostly devices such as smartphones and tablet computers but also included diamond rings, trumpets, vacuums and pet carriers, the New York Post reported Friday.

Officials said no animals have been found in the carriers.

William Bonner, supervisor of NYC Transit's Lost Property Unit, said he was able to return a pair of brand-new iPads to a woman because her email was on a receipt with the devices.

"I thought I'd never see them again," the woman told Bonner.

"That's the mind-set of most New Yorkers," he said.

"But there's a lot of honest people [who turn things in]," Bonner said.


Woman, 42, accused of beating man, 82

OCALA, Fla., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Authorities said they arrested a 42-year-old woman accused of beating up her 82-year-old boyfriend in Ocala, Fla.

The victim, who suffered eye and face injuries, said his girlfriend had been drinking and attacked him.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Robert Thomas arrived at a home Wednesday and the woman ran out and told him her boyfriend was inside, the Ocala Star-Banner reported Friday.

The deputy walked toward the residence and the man came out covered in blood. The sheriff's office said blood was coming from his left eye and face, which was swollen to the point of inhibiting his eyesight.

The woman, who had no injuries, said she attacked the man in self-defense.

The girlfriend, whose name was not released, was taken to the Marion County Jail on an aggravated battery charge.

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