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Nov. 13, 2007 at 6:00 AM
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Erie community given $100M

ERIE, Pa., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A mystery benefactor has given $100 million to be distributed to charitable groups in Pennsylvania's Erie County.

The anonymous donor gave the gift to the Erie Community Foundation and other nonprofit organizations in the Erie area, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday. The charitable groups will receive $1 million to $2 million each, the newspaper said.

Foundation officials have been sworn to secrecy. Foundation President Mike Batchelor wouldn't say whether the donor is alive or dead, or disclose the person's connection to Erie.

The donor put no restrictions on the use of the money, the Tribune-Review said. Among the recipients are a food bank, a women's center, a blindness resource group and three local universities.

Moody dentist caught on tape

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- An allegedly belligerent White Plains, N.Y., dentist has landed himself in legal hot water after he confronted a news camera crew that caught a fight on tape.

Dr. William Moody was filmed on WCBS-TV, Westchester, N.Y., cameras arguing with Luis Infante after the second man's car blocked the dentist's access to a parking spot, WCBS-TV reported.

The dentist, living up to his surname, at one point forced his way into Infante's car, with the apparent goal of moving it himself, the report said.

"He was saying bad words to me, then he spit in my face," Infante said. "Twice."

However, the dentist turned his anger on the news cameras when he noticed them watching the confrontation and police were called after he allegedly struck the camera twice, despite being warned not to touch it, the report said.

Moody was videotaped arguing with Infante's sister as police arrived and he was allegedly recorded pushing the woman to the ground.

County police are preparing assault and harassment charges against Moody, the report said.

AAA offers defensive flying tips

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- With millions expected to jam U.S. airports for the Thanksgiving holiday, AAA is offering suggestions for making the ordeal survivable.

"Clearly airlines, airports and federal agencies can all do a much better job of helping to prevent flight delays," AAA President and Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Darbelnet said in a release. "However, changes will not be fast or easy and we should not be surprised if this trend continues. This holiday season, travelers are at risk of weather delays and other unforeseen mishaps. Americans need to practice defensive flying if they plan to have a pleasant and stress-free flight."

AAA estimates 4.8 million leisure travelers flew last Thanksgiving and 9 million took off for the Christmas-New Year's holiday. This year, the numbers are expected to be even higher.

Among AAA's suggestions for surviving flight delays, are defensive packing (defined as bringing something to occupy the time), not showing up hungry, pre-programming numbers for such contacts as travel agents into a cell phone, always booking the earliest flight and seeking out smaller airports.

Man allegedly stole official's wallet

RICHMOND, Ind., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Glen Fox allegedly broke into a truck in Wayne County, Ind. -- which turned out to be Prosecutor Mike Shipman's -- and took his wallet.

Shipman had gone for a jog when Fox allegedly stole the wallet and then charged a "sizable amount" on one of the prosecutor's credit cards, said Capt. Melody Truitt of the Richmond Police Department.

Fox was taken down by a group of customers in a Wal-mart parking lot after allegedly trying to break into a woman's car, The Richmond (Ind.) Palladium-Item reported Monday.

Fox was taken to the Wayne County Jail, where he is being held on class C and D felony charges and a $10,000 bond.

He was charged with forgery, a class C felony that could carry a two-to-eight-year sentence along with class D felonies, possession of stolen property and theft, which could both carry six months to three years in prison.

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