WEDNESDAY, October 26, 2011

To mark the 125th birthday of the Statue of Liberty on October 28, five real-time web cams will be activated on her torch.  Along with a view of New York Harbor, viewers can witness tourists being mugged, pockets being picked and wandering itinerants talking to themselves.

A driver for new York's Lickey Split Ice Cream was arrested for dispensing crack cocaine from his truck.  And he was getting away with it, too, until one of the kids' parents tipped off the cops when he asked for $150 for a kilo of Rocky Road.

Bruce Willis may be a bit long in the tooth, but he's undertaken to star in yet another sequel to his biggest movie, "Die Hard."  But it's not called "Die Hard 3."  In deference to its star, it's called "Died From Hardening of the Arteries."

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental telegraph that for the first time allowed instant communication over long distances.  Not much has changed since.  During the first week of operation, several Amish teenagers were cited for telegraphing their friends while buggying.

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