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PIZZA FORK DIVIDEND

USA: New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to use cutlery to eat pizza at a Staten Island restaurant has benefited a charity.

A charity auction website shows the fork that he used sold for $2,500 (€1,800) to an anonymous bidder.

The item fetched six bids in an online auction. Proceeds will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation for emergency responders.

The mayor was lampooned for using cutlery when most New Yorkers use their fingers to eat pizza.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

BRITAIN: Children are bored by their parents’ meal time banter and least like being asked about their school day, according to a survey for Goodfella’s Pizza.

Video games, pop bands, and social media were the subjects children most wanted to talk about.

Goodfella’s suggests parents engage their children by asking questions like, “I heard you playing Justin Bieber’s new song earlier — are you and your friends all Beiliebers?” or “So, Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner, are they on or off?”

NO VIDEO CHARGES

USA: The owner of a now-closed video store in South Carolina has decided to drop charges against a woman accused of failing to return a movie nearly a decade ago.

Pickens County sheriff’s deputies said the owner decided to not pursue the charge because of the media attention that 27-year-old Kayla Michelle Finley’s arrest received.

Finley rented the movie Monster-in-Law from Dalton Videos in 2005.

The owner took out a warrant against Finley and she was arrested last week when she was at the sheriff’s office for something else and the warrant was found. Finley spent the night in jail before she was released.

DEMOB HAPPY DOG

USA: The New York Police Department is welcoming a newcomer that is the first of his kind for the nation’s largest police department: A former military service dog.

The four-year-old German shepherd named Caeser served three tours of duty overseas.

Now he will be patrolling the New York City subways with Officer Juan Rodriguez.

Car found after 40 years

USA: Police in Tennessee cannot find the man whose Volkswagen Beetle was recently discovered in Detroit, 40 years after it was stolen.

The 1965 car was found in January before it could be shipped to Canada and then to Finland.

Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says a man named Joseph McDonald reported it stolen in 1974. He says a phone number left by McDonald no longer works.

DeBusk says McDonald may have been a college student in Knoxville at the time. The car is white but was red in 1974.

Agents in Detroit who checked the paperwork discovered the 1965 Beetle was reported stolen. The last owner, a Michigan resident, didn’t know that history. The vehicle was being sent overseas to be restored.


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