First Dairy Queen gets landmark status
JOLIET, Ill., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- An Illinois city has officially recognized the historic site where the world's first Dairy Queen soft-serve ice cream shop once stood.
The Joliet City Council awarded landmark status to the building, which now houses a storefront church but was home to the first Dairy Queen in 1940, the Joliet Herald-News reported.
"It was developed in Kankakee, but the first actual store with the Dairy Queen name was here," said Bob Nachtrieb, a member of the Joliet Historic Preservation Commission.
Dairy Queen, with headquarters in Edina, Minn., has about 5,900 locations in operation in 22 countries.
Two arrested for motorized cart theft
HUNTINGTON, W.Va., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Authorities in West Virginia said a man and a woman were arrested after allegedly stealing a motorized cart from Walmart and taking it to a strip club.
Cabell County sheriff's deputies said Jonathan Lee Misner, 34, and Billie Jo Stevenson, 36, both of Huntington, were arrested in the early hours Monday and charged with grand larceny and public intoxication, The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, reported.
Deputies said the pair took the motorized cart from a Walmart store east of Huntington and were spotted moving toward a nearby strip club with Misner driving and Stephenson walking behind. The cart was found in a parking lot near the strip club and police watched as the duo exited the establishment and again left with the cart, this time with Stevenson driving.
The pair, who deputies said appeared to be drunk, were stopped and placed under arrest.
'Month at the Museum' draws to a close
CHICAGO, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A Chicago woman is spending her final night at the city's Museum of Science and Industry as the winner of the "Month at the Museum" contest.
Kate McGroarty, who was picked as the winner from 1,500 applicants, moved into the museum Oct. 20 and will complete her experience Thursday after a month of museum experiences shared with the public on her Facebook, Twitter and blog.
"These 30 days have been a whirlwind of 'firsts' for me, and it's been such a great experience," McGroarty said. "It's hard to believe that this adventure is coming to a close, but I have definitely discovered my inner science geek during these 30 days and met some incredible people. I know I will think about science in a different way from now on, and I have created memories that I will never forget."
McGroarty's time at the museum included a breakfast with Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell, watching an open heart surgery, and interacting with teachers and students visiting the museum's various exhibits.
"As Kate leaves MSI, she leaves with the $10,000 prize as part of the competition, but she also gets something pretty amazing and intangible -- 30 days of unique experiences, and a newfound sense of wonder about science," said Rob Gallas, vice president and chief marketing officer of the museum.
Wife denies attack over hair weave
LYNN, Mass., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts woman has denied allegations she chased her husband with a knife because he wouldn't help with her hair weave.
Lynn police said Kenneth Rudolph, 48, called 911 Saturday and he told arriving officers his wife, Kaukauna Gethers Rudolph, 51, had chased him with a 15-inch knife because he refused to help her while she was taking out her old hair weave in preparation for putting in new extensions, the Boston Herald reported.
Police said the wife was holding the knife behind her back when they arrived. She was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest.
However, Kaukauna Gethers Rudolph said she never asked her husband to help with her hair.
"Men do not know how to do a woman's hair," she said. "Would you trust your husband to do your hair?"
She said she had asked her husband to cook some food while she was working on her hair but he refused and said he was going out. She said they argued because she did not want him to leave while "tipsy" and she was holding the knife when police arrived because she was preparing to cook.