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Letters to Santa delivered 106 years later

Letters to Santa hidden behind a chimney mantle for more than 100 years  were recently revealed during a town’s Christmas celebration. 

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Two children, whose great-grandparents likely played with the letters’ authors, delivered them to Santa during the Beverly Old Fashioned Christmas.

One of the letters, written Dec. 25, 1912, by Page Woodward, who was then 8 years old, sought gifts for her brother, sisters and parents before asking for something for herself, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported

“Will you please bring these things. For Reginald, a air rifle, a Boy Scout book, a sweater and two magazines, Country Gentleman and Farm Journal. For Ruby, black ribbon and pair of stockings. For Mabel, two pair of stockings. For Mamma, a book. For Papa, a hat. For Teddy (her sister Henrietta’s nickname), a game, doll and a lot of candy and nuts. For my self, a doll, leggings and lots of candy and nuts.”

The letters were discovered during renovations to the Beverly Heritage Center, a history museum built into one of the town’s historic buildings. It is believed they fell between the chimney wall and mantle 106 years ago.

The letters offer insight into what life was like more than 100 years ago. 

“Writings from children rarely survive,” Christopher Mielke, who created an exhibit to showcase the letters, said in a statement. “Letters to Santa are especially insightful because children genuinely believe that Santa will read their words himself -- values of honesty, generosity, and sharing are at the forefront.”

The letters are on display at the history museum until the New Year.

South Carolina prisoner suing to smoke pot in jail, says his religion requires it

A prisoner is suing the South Carolina Department of Corrections, contending the agency has violated his religious freedoms by refusing to allow him to smoke pot or wear dreadlocks.

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Inmate James Rose, 41, filed the federal lawsuit last week, contending the agency has violated his constitutional rights by not providing him marijuana “as part of the Rastafarian religious practice,” according to The Associated Press.

Rose also claims officials in the state prisons department held him down and shaved his head, cutting off his dreadlocks, after he asked for marijuana in April of 2017, the AP reported.

He is arguing he should be allowed to grow dreadlocks to an “unlimited length” as part of his religion.

Rose is seeking $1 million in damages and said in the filing, “The injuries I’ve sustained related to the events were migraine headaches, psychological trauma, mental anguish (depression), panic attacks and nightmares,” according to the AP.

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Rose was convicted of murder in 2013 and is serving a life sentence after his conviction in the killing of the son of a Lincolnville town council member.

 

Patriots’ Julian Edelman wears cleats to honor synagogue shooting victims 

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is wearing cleats in honor of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting victims during Sunday night’s game against the Steelers.

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Edelman tweeted a photo of the cleats, along with the words "In Remembrance" with all of the victims’ names.

The cleats say, "#Strongerthanhate" and feature a Star of David and the Tree of Life logo on them.

Edelman isn't the only Patriot to pay their respects to the victims.

On Saturday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft flew to Pittsburgh to visit the Tree of Life Synagogue, according to NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala.

On Oct. 27, Robert Bowers opened fire inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, killing 11 people.

Woman trying to return U.S. Army ring found at Georgia Dairy Queen

A Georgia woman is hoping to find the owner of a U.S. Army ring.

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Kimberly Smith reached out to Channel 2 Action News with photos of the ring. She found it at a Dairy Queen in Newnan on Dec. 14.

In an Instagram post, Smith said, "I’d love to find the amazing, brave soul (and) owner of this special ring, to not only thank him for his services and protecting our beautiful country."

She posted photos of the ring on Facebook, and the post has been shared more than 3,000 times.

Smith said she's hopeful she can return the ring to its owner. 

Artist paints Iowa’s largest mural on side of 110-foot silo

An Australian artist turned the side of a 110-foot silo into what is believed to be the largest mural in Iowa. 

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Guido van Helten finds a challenge in all his projects, but he especially enjoyed adding the details and accounting for the silo’s curves in achieving the final product.

"This one's probably the most designed mural I've done, in terms of making it 360 degrees," van Helten told the Des Moines Register.

The city commissioned the mural for about $132,000. 

"I'm interested in bringing this art form, which is already popular in big cities, to smaller places," van Helten told the Register. "Particularly to the Midwest, which isn't looked at as a creative place."

Van Helten, who has paintings in Asia, Europe and Australia, has other silo mural projects in South Dakota, Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida. 

"A lot of places in the Midwest have these, and they are already sort of monuments to that place's history or its industry," he said. "The architecture is purely functional in its design, so I think it's interesting to use them for a decorative purpose."

'Nobody should work here, ever': Teen quits Walmart job over store intercom

A 17-year-old delivered a pointed message to people inside a Canada Walmart before quitting his job.

The Edmonton Journal reported that Jackson Racicot posted a video of himself speaking over the intercom of a Walmart in Grand Prairie, Alberta, addressing customers and co-workers. The profanity-laced video was posted on his Facebook page Dec. 6.

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“Attention all shoppers, associates and management: I would like to say to all of you today that nobody should work here, ever,” Racicot says in the video, reading some pre-written remarks. “Our managers will make promises and never keep them and not only that, they will preach to us about how they care about their employees, but about a month ago, my boss, assistant manager Cora, called me a ‘waste of time,’ and management did nothing to help.

“Management will also try and save money every step of the way, including cutting benefits, and a full-time associate down to a part-time even though he worked 40-plus hours a week,” Racicot claimed in the video.

“I’ve worked here for over a year and a half, and I’m sick of all the (expletive), bogus write-ups and my job. (Expletive) management, (expletive) this job and (expletive) Walmart.”

Racicot said he’s not worried about fallout from the video or his gesture. According to Postmedia, the company that owns Edmonton Journal, Racicot said he already had a new job before his intercom speech and planned the address as part of how he would quit. He told the Star Edmonton he didn’t think about quitting until a month ago

Walmart responded in a statement issued Dec. 7:

“We are aware of the video circulating online and are disappointed by this incident. Respect for all individuals including our associates and customers is a core value at Walmart. We are looking into this matter and will address it internally as required.”

Video of Racicot’s intercom rant is on Racicot’s Facebook page.

Teen daughter raising money to buy wheelchair for paralyzed mother 

A teen daughter is trying to raise money to help her paraplegic mother get an upright wheelchair. 

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Kariyana Fields has been working and saving money each week to buy a standing electric wheelchair, which costs about $8,500 and is not covered under insurance, WWL reported

Kariyana has written letters asking for help, organized fundraisers and has created a GoFundMe account

Her mother, Karsten Fields, was seriously injured in a car accident a few years ago. She gets around in a wheelchair but would like to go back to work as a bank teller. An upright wheelchair will allow her to do this, the family says.

"There's so much more that she can do with a standing wheelchair," Kariyana told WWL. "I just want her to get back on her feet, I just want her to be so happy."

Children greet trash collector with cookies, Mountain Dew; he surprises them with toy garbage trucks

Children at a Utah day care greet the garbage man each Thursday with cookies and Mountain Dew. 

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Recently, trash collector Jeff Okeson had a surprise for them -- smaller, wooden toy trucks for them to keep. 

"You know why I did this?" Okeson told the children, KUTV reported. "(I did it) for you guys, cause you guys wave to me every Thursday I'm out here."

The children give him high-fives and excitedly show off the toys in a video shared by Shawnee Robinson, who runs the day care. 

In the past he has stopped and let the children check out the truck, Robinson told KUTV

Okeson got the toy trucks through the Happy Factory, a nonprofit group that works to provide toys to children. 

“Keep waving, OK?” Okeson said.

Colin Kroll, CEO of HQ Trivia, Vine co-founder dead of alleged drug overdose, police say

Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, an app and trivia game, has died of an alleged drug overdose. He was 35.

The Daily Beast reported that a senior New York Police Department official said Kroll was found dead in his apartment late Saturday from an apparent overdose. Officials said police arrived at his apartment after his girlfriend called for a welfare check.

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An NYPD spokesperson told BuzzFeed News Kroll was pronounced dead at 12:18 a.m. Sunday. The spokesperson said the department was waiting for a medical examiner’s report.

Before co-founding HQ Trivia, Kroll was the co-founder of Vine. Twitter bought the popular 6-second video app in 2012, USA Today reported. The app was shut down in 2016.

Both Vine and HQ Trivia were founded by Kroll and Rus Yusupov, who issued his condolences on Twitter.

An investigation into the death is ongoing.

Man proposes to dog-lover girlfriend with 16 pups

A man took his girlfriend’s love of dogs to new heights when he proposed to her after a hike in Los Angeles.

CBS News reported that Maurice Goldstein dated Laura Stampler for more than four years. Goldstein invited Stampler out for a hike in Runyon Canyon while in town for Thanksgiving.

As they continued to hike, Stampler noticed rose petals on the trail.

“I saw the rose petals and I see a group of figures and it's just like, all of a sudden ... you know,” Stampler said. “And I just started hyperventilating and crying.”

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After an a capella group sang some of Stampler’s favorite Disney songs, Goldstein got on one knee and proposed. Stampler said yes.

"When we were kissing, all of a sudden all of these dogs were unleashed and started running towards me," Stampler said.

“It’s literally my dream to just be in a field of dogs, so this was my dream times a thousand,” she told Insider. “I, again, completely lost it.”

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The New York-based couple are dog lovers, so Goldstein contacted his family’s dog walker, Tony Vercillo, to help out.

Vercillo walks the Goldsteins’ family dog, a German shepherd named Scout. Scout and his other running mates -- 16 total -- joined in to help with the proposal.

Stampler was so excited to see the pups that she initially forgot to put on her engagement ring.

“I personally don't know how you can top puppies,” Stampler told CBS News. “For me, personally, this was beyond perfect -- just having someone who knows you well enough to make you happy.”

The entire proposal was captured by Stampler’s best friend, photographer Rebecca Yale. Another friend recorded the proposal on video. 

“It was all incredibly meaningful,” Stampler told Elite Daily of the proposal. “And we then celebrated with both of our families at a restaurant after.”

The timing was near-perfect: after they got engaged, the couple was approved to foster dogs through Muddy Paws Rescue in New York. They hope to get married in fall 2019 or spring 2020.

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