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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Tilting at turbines," July 17, 2010

A new old truck

Some nice police work by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently reunited Harold Voelker with his Ford pickup truck-nearly four decades after it was stolen. The 63-year-old Voelker said he had the F-100 pickup stolen from him in Los Angeles in 1972. And it's likely the truck never would have been returned if not for the fastidious police work of CHP Officer Greg Bennett who noticed discrepancies in the vehicle identification number when the truck was being registered in California earlier this year. Officials say the current owners had no idea the truck had been stolen decades ago. Even so, CHP decided to track Voelker down and return his pickup.

Not dead yet

Alan Campbell got some startling news when he phoned the United Kingdom's National Health Service to set up an appointment with a specialist: The NHS told him he was dead. That was news to the 63-year-old skin cancer patient, who continued to try to arrange the appointment through the NHS telephone operator. But despite hearing his voice, the operator told him he would have to see his general practitioner to get the mistake sorted out.

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