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The morning Odds & Ends

METHUEN, Mass. Its the stuff of fantasies, and Tim Crebase found it buried under two feet of earth in his own backyard.There, he and friend Barry Villcliff found a box stuffed with cash and gold and silver certificates, some more than a century old. The buried treasure is worth more than $100,000, according to a coin shop owner.I was thinking, Ive never seen anything like this in my life, Domenic Mangano, owner of Village Coin Shop in Plaistow, N.H.Crebase said the find came three weeks ago when he and Villcliff were trying to dig up a small tree. Crebase, 23, heard a thud and saw that hed hit a piece of wood. Another look, and he saw the wood was part of a two-foot-wide box.He ripped the top off and found nine rusted cans that he and Villcliff, 27, cracked open to find about 1,800 bills, including more than 900 $1 bills, 200 $2 bills, and 300 $20 bills dated from 1899 to 1929. There were also piles of gold and silver certificates and scores of notes from local banks in Methuen, Haverhill, Amesbury, Newburyport and beyond.They took the stash to Manganos shop later that day.Im a pessimist; I was waiting until I got a professional review before I jumped to any conclusions, Villcliff said. Tim, however, was singing and dancing. He was ranting like a rabid monkey.

HOUSTON Skipping out on jury duty proved costly for a university professor.Sara White, 62, a social work professor at Texas Southern University, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 days in jail for leaving during jury selection last week.But U.S. District Judge David Hittner gave her the option of instead spending 10 eight-hour days in the federal courthouse jury room.This is a terrible example for students, when a professor tells a federal court to Go take a jump; Im leaving, Hittner said.White, who pleaded guilty to criminal contempt, admitted she made a grievous error in leaving the courtroom.Hittner said White will have to sit in the jury room for eight hours a day without reading materials or contact with anyone. If she violates his order or is abusive to court personnel, she will have to serve the full 10-day jail term.

SAYREVILLE, N.J. Police here were in a bit of a pickle when they responded to a call about an animal up in a tree. It was no cat try a bear.The 240-pound male, about 2 years old, was rescued and later freed at the 3,000-acre Six Mile Run Reservoir Site in Franklin Township, Somerset County, said Karen Hershey, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.Police received calls from about 50 residents and motorists who saw the bear about 6:30 a.m. near the Garden State Parkway, Detective Mathew Bandurski said. Police followed the animal until it went up a tree behind a home, he said.Sgt. Raymond Szkondy was first on the scene Monday. I thought it was probably a big dog, he said.Kelcey Burguess, a wildlife biologist, shot the bear with a tranquilizer gun and it came down a little, but instead of falling into the net below, it fell asleep, slumped over a tree limb.

NATCHEZ, Miss. Who said reading isnt enriching?Michele Anderson recently discovered more than just a great story when she opened a library book. She also found a wad of cash.The former employee at Armstrong Library pulled a mystery novel off a shelf and noticed a bulge in its dust jacket. She opened the book and discovered what library officials termed was a substantial sum of money.I felt something in there, and from my time working here, I just had to straighten it out and felt in there and pulled it out, Armstrong said. I thought, Whoa, wait a minute.Library officials declined to say how much money was discovered, or what the title of the book was, so they could locate the moneys rightful owner.The book hasnt been checked out since March 2004, when the library switched its system of tracking books. Before then, the book had been checked out 45 times, but the librarys record-keeping system doesnt track previous checkouts.Susan Cassagne, the librarys director, said she believes if the money isnt claimed, it should belong to the library.

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