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Month: January 2006

BMX Alley

BMX Alley

In San Lorenzo, California, there was an abandoned alley. It was filled with garbage and hadn’t been cleaned up in a long time. Then the BMXers moved in. The alley was bought by Psykopath Industries, a 30 member BMX bike club. Soon they brought in dumpsters. The garbage was hauled out. After everything was cleaned up, they made a track complete with jumps. A fence was constructed and only those who belong to the club there are admitted. They have…

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Fossil Find

Fossil Find

Allen Cook owns a ton of land in Wyoming. 120,000 acres to be exact. He decided it was time to sell some of his land, but before he did that, he gave a wonderful gift to science. Cook has decided to donate 4,700 acres to the University of Pennsylvania. The land is rich in dinosaur fossils. The land will be used as an educational site. Professors and students will be able to examine and analyze the hidden treasures. The land…

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From Civil War to College Student

From Civil War to College Student

Juliette Richards had a bit more than her fair share of trials and tribulations. Richards was born in England and sent back to Liberia to be raised by her grandparents. She was only three weeks old. Her mother was in college and couldn’t raise Richards alone. It seemed like a good decision until civil war broke out in Liberia. The family found themselves in the middle of a war zone. The fled to Ivory Coast. Richards went to school and…

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Piedmont’s First

Piedmont’s First

Lisa Ravazzi of Contra Costa County, California, has worked hard throughout her life. Whether as a college student or police department employee, she has worked to obtain her goals. She has another achievement to add to her list. She’s been selected Piedmont’s first female police chief. Ravazzi started as an intern with the Pleasant Hill Police Department. After earning her degree at Sacramento State in 1976, she worked for the Pittsburgh Police Department as a dispatcher. She also worked as…

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Stolen Car Returned

Stolen Car Returned

It may not be all that amazing that a stolen car has been returned. But, it sure is a story when it’s returned 37 years later! Alan Poster of New York had is Corvette Mako Shark stolen in 1969. The car turned up in California by Customs officials. It was being shipped to an owner in Sweden who paid $10,000 for the beauty. Officials went through 10,000 unsolved investigations to find Poster’s original complaint. Almost four decades later, car and…

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