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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "The Road to Cana," Feb. 23, 2008

Killer ad

Perhaps Ann Marie Linscott thought she was logging into Craig's Hitlist. The FBI alleged that Linscott, a 49-year-old Michigan woman, put an ad on the Craigslist website seeking a hit man to kill a northern California woman. According to the FBI, Linscott sought to have the woman killed so she could pursue a relationship with her husband-a man she met online through a dating service. "I've seen some screwy things, but I've personally never heard of a person [trying] to advertise openly for a hit man on Craigslist," said Drew Parenti, special agent in charge of the Sacramento FBI office. According to the court documents, Linscott offered $5,000 for "the eradication task."

One too many

Nine lives. Five legs. One cat in 84. It's not the odds, it's just the situation of one stray kitty named Babygirl in Eighty-Four, Pa., that was dropped off at an animal shelter in the southwestern Pennsylvania town on Jan. 19 by a concerned citizen. Now veterinarians plan to practice addition by subtraction when they operate on Babygirl to remove not just the extra leg, but also a lame one.

'Ratio issues'

How bad is the housing crunch in the ski resort town of Vail, Colo.? Just peek inside the local newspaper, the Vail Daily. With resorts and hotels adding hundreds of jobs this year, the paper's classifieds section has become cluttered with up to seven full pages of help-wanted advertisements for low-wage service positions-and just five available housing listings that included two ads for houses carrying a $5,000 charge for monthly rent. "We have some ratio issues," admitted town housing coordinator Nina Timm.

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