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An American Treasure - 04/28/14

  I was in my car today on my way back from picking up paint for a home improvement project when I ran across a Billy Joel town hall special on Cirrus XM Satellite radio.  What a blast.  Folks in the audience got to ask Billy questions about his music and growing up.  Tony Bennett sang "New York State of Mind."  The man can still hit the high notes.
  I love radio both terrestrial and satellite but some of the coolest things I've heard lately have been on Sat-radio.  When it was over, they tracked some of Billy's biggest songs.  The guy can do so much, so comfortable moving from ballads to up tempo rock numbers like "Sometimes A Fantasy" and "Still Rock and Roll to Me." 
  As a teenager, the first album I got after getting a really decent stereo in my room at about 14 or 15 was Billy Joel's "The Stranger."  Songs I remember on that record are "I'm Moving Out," "Only the Good Die Young" and "The Stranger."  Great memory to start the day.  It's making all this nasty weather a little easier to bear. 

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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