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The morning Odds & Ends

VALENTINE, Texas Love is getting stamped out in this tiny West Texas town.Valentines Day cards and letters have been coming to the towns adobe-style post office for weeks as romantics from around the world send messages to get stamped with the distinctive postmark of Valentine, Texas.With 7,000 cards already behind them Monday, Postmaster Maria Elena Carrasco and her part-time assistant Leslie Williams were greeted with a dozen brimming baskets of cards and letters left by the daily delivery truck that traveled 150 miles from El Paso.They stamped each piece by hand, and by nightfall, another truck making the return trip picked up the cards and letters for routing to cities coast to coast, border to border. By Carrascos count, theyve gone to 28 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Ireland and Switzerland.It reinforces my belief that there is a lot of love and a lot of people do believe in God because thats what love is, said Carrasco, who has run the post office since 1990.The holiday postmark tradition grew from the 1980s, when the previous postmaster, Doris Kelley, offered the postmark to some friends and the favor spread by word of mouth.

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (AP) Jon Jazdzewski made a valuable discovery while driving out of town for business.Jazdzewski, 52, an employee of Wausau Supply, was leaving town around 4 a.m. on Jan. 28 when he spotted something on the road near the Rothschild Village Hall.I knew it was a money bag, and I picked it up. But there was no doubt in my mind that this thing was going back to (the village), said Jazdzewski, of Kronenwetter.More than $850,000 in cash and checks was inside the locked bag, according to city officials.A police officer had set the bag on the trunk of a squad car and then was called to an emergency, Jazdzewski said. The bag apparently slid off the back of the car when the officer pulled away.Rothschild Police Chief Bill Schremp declined to discuss the contents of the bag, but he said he was grateful.Someone that found the bag was very honest. We are planning on doing something for him, Schremp said.

LIVINGSTON, Mont. Sheriff Clark Carpenter says identifying inmates should be a black and white matter, so hes color-coordinating uniforms based on crime.The Park County Detention Center is outfitting inmates charged with felonies in black and white prison stripe uniforms.Carpenter said he got the idea on a trip to Canada, when he saw a work crew on the side of the highway in black and white striped clothing.It left no question in my mind who those guys were and what theyre doing, Carpenter said.For years, Park County inmates have worn solid orange uniforms, which can be identical to work clothes worn by some road crews. Carpenter said if someone escaped from jail and was seen on the side of the road in an orange jumpsuit, it might not raise suspicion.Detention center supervisor Jay ONeill lobbied against the new uniforms, but said some of the inmates almost get a chuckle out of it and say, Those are kind of cool.Park County bought 60 black and white uniforms to replace aging orange uniforms. Carpenter said as more orange uniforms need replacing, hell purchase orange and white striped uniforms for those facing misdemeanor charges.

OMAHA, Neb. Sen. Ben Nelson had to hitch a ride with a stranger to his own news conference after accompanying President Bush on a last-minute ride to the airport.The Democratic senator said he did not know his own staff had sent a car for him on Friday to Eppley Airfield, where he accompanied Bush in the presidential limo.So Nelson accepted a ride with White House staffers back to the Qwest Center, where Bush had spoken about Social Security. From there, he was stranded and late for his news conference to offer reaction to Bushs plan. Nelson said he could not reach his own staffers, who were waiting for him 50 blocks away.Dick Preston saw Nelson outside the complex, where he was going to the annual home and garden show.It was obvious he needed a ride, Preston said. I told him I had this old Buick and it was ready to go.

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