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'Medium' finds Babe Ruth's piano

SUDBURY, Mass., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts "forensic medium" says she used her otherworldly gifts to find Babe Ruth's piano at the bottom of a pond.

Sheila Marie of Medway said she was recruited by historical investigator Kevin Kennedy to help locate the piano, reputed to have been tossed into Willis Pond in Sudbury during partying decades ago, the Boston Herald reported.

Marie described herself as a "forensic medium" who uses her powers to find lost objects and assist in police investigations.

Kennedy said he has long been searching the pond, where the piano was rumored to have been submerged decades ago, so he brought in Marie despite his skepticism.

He said his skepticism was short-lived after divers acting on Marie's directions discovered the piano veneer.

"I was sold on what she is," Kennedy said. "I placed her at a point where (Babe Ruth's) cottage was and had her face the pond. I'm not sure how it works but she gave us compass points, the divers looked and she found the veneer where it wasn't supposed to be."

The veneer pieces are now in the possession of the Sudbury Historical Society, where officials said the piano is likely to be restored and donated to a museum.

Pub's bar covered in 10,250 pennies

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The owners of an Illinois pub famous for the pennies adorning its oak bar said they replaced the decades-old relic with a new bar top covered in 10,250 pennies.

Tom and Diana Sutton, owners of the Price Street Pub in Springfield, said the first penny bar was installed by the former owners in 1977 and they decided it was time to replace it after three decades of wear and tear, the Springfield State Journal-Register reported.

The Suttons said they began work on the new bar in 2008 by ordering 10,250 new pennies from the U.S. Treasury. They said it was a long wait for the coins, but they eventually arrived and were laid out on the new bar top in a uniform style with the help of employees, customers and friends.

"We mixed Elmer's glue and water and spread it to hold the pennies down. It took three days. Everyone helped," Diana Sutton said.

The bar top was then covered in a coat of polyurethane to protect the pennies.

"You say Price Street and people don't know the place. You say 'penny bar' and they know where it is," Tom Sutton said.

Kitten travels 130 miles behind car grill

ULSTER, Pa., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Animal authorities in Pennsylvania said a 5-week-old kitten rode to the state from New York behind the grill of a car.

Jenna Arsenault, community coordinator for the Bradford County Humane Society, said the people inside the car did not hear or see the kitten until after their 130-mile drive from Rochester, N.Y., to Ulster, Pa., the Elmira (N.Y.) Star-Gazette reported.

"It took more than 45 minutes just to get the grill off the Mazda before they could reach the kitten," Arsenault wrote in an e-mail message. "Once the kitten was removed from the car, he was immediately given water and a cool place to rest while they contacted BCHS to help figure out the best course of action."

Arsenault said the kitten, named Mazda in honor of the vehicle, was recovering from its ordeal at the shelter.

Dad not fast enough in maternity dash

OMAHA, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- An Omaha couple say they weren't fast enough for their new daughter, who was born as they sped to the hospital along Interstate 80.

Nathan Clifton recalled for KETV-TV, Omaha, Neb., that his expectant girlfriend, Michelle Lindhal, insisted the baby wasn't going to wait any longer as they raced to the hospital Monday.

"I mean, it just happened like that. We were halfway down (I-80) and her water broke," Clifton said.

Clifton spotted a deputy sheriff writing a ticket on the side of the road near 96th Street and pulled over, but Nadia Rose popped out before he could even stop the car.

"Before I could even park, the baby was out, she was just holding it," Clifton said.

A startled Deputy Kristopher Peterson radioed for an ambulance and shrugged off the idea of missing out on a larger role in the blessed event.

"Part of me is thankful the baby already came out because I didn't want to have to go that route," he told KETV.

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