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Conference guests offer ghost hunt tips

GREENSBURG, Pa., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Several attendees of the Paranormal-UFO Conference near Youngwood, Pa., say they know the best ways to hunt down and witness a ghost.

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International Parapsychology Research Foundation members attending the conference at Westmoreland County Community College said the key to any good ghost hunt is a digital recorder, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Foundation member Melanie Durish said she used one of devices to capture the voice of a ghost during a recent graveyard visit.

Fellow member Brian Barcus said TV shows have proven invaluable in the fight for recognizing the existence of ghosts.

"What helps is all the shows on television," he guest said.

Pennsylvania Mutual UFO Network President John Ventre attended Saturday's conference to discuss visitors from outer space.

The resident of Greensburg, Pa., told the Tribune-Review several famous people have reported seeing unidentified flying objects in the past, including two former U.S. presidents -- Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.


Palin costumes fly off store shelves

DALLAS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. costume store managers say dressing as Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is wildly popular this year, costume purveyors say.

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The Dallas Morning News said sales of Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain masks are also good.

Karen Miller, assistant manager at Party City at Medallion Center in northeast Dallas, said Palin masks would be flying off store shelves, if they were still available.

"We had Palin masks two weeks ago, but we sold out within a few days," Miller said. "Right now I have a few Obamas and a few McCains, and that's it."

Buycostumes.com, which offered paper masks of Palin, has sold 4,000 copies of the governor's likeness, said Karen Van Ert, marketing director of the online store, based in New Berlin, Wis.

"We put together Sarah Palin kits" -- with wigs and glasses -- "early last week, but we're completely sold out," she said.

Rubie's Costumes in Queens, N.Y., which began selling latex Palin masks right after the Republican National Convention in early September, has run out of their stocks too.

"We went through our entire production in four days. I've never seen a political costume sell out that quickly," said Executive Vice President Howard Beige.


Reporters try to shop like a candidate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- At least two news organizations sent reporters to Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue to see if they could match Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's clothes spending.

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Neither the Minneapolis Star Tribune nor the online magazine Slate gave the reporters real money for the experiment. The Republican National Committee is said to have dropped $150,000 on Palin's wardrobe after she was selected as the vice presidential nominee.

Both reporters discovered that spending that kind of money -- or pretending to -- is not quite as easy as it looks. Both stores carry classic suits, pants, blazers and skirts for comparatively modest prices -- $365 for a Diane Von Furstenberg suit at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, for example.

The Star Tribune reporter, assigned to drop $75,000 in imaginary money, managed to do it in less than two hours. Slate's writer spent $150,000 and reflected afterward that Palin might have needed more outfits for the campaign trail.

The RNC buying spree was first reported by Politico. Palin has said she does not plan to keep the clothes once the election is over.


Indiana town enjoys electoral pole-raising

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Residents of St. Leon, Ind., say theirs is the only U.S. town that still practices the electoral traditional of pole-raising.

Raising Democratic or Republican poles was popular in the 1800s and early 1900s but the tradition apparently has fallen out of favor -- except in St. Leon -- The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

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What is said to be the country's only electoral pole-raising ceremony took place Saturday as St. Leon designated itself a Democratic supporter with a pole adorned with an American flag and a rooster painting.

An estimated 2,000 people turned out for the event, which included the transformation of a hickory tree into the traditional pole.

The Enquirer said the pole will remain in place in the town of 400 people until Election Day.

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