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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "2012: The Year Ahead," Jan. 14, 2012

Diamond find

Amid the loose change and spare bills in a Salvation Army kettle at a Walmart in Shawnee, Kan., on Dec. 8 was something more valuable-a ¾-carat diamond. Salvation Army Major Michele Heaver told the Reuters news service that the group doesn't know who put the rock in the kettle but that an appraiser says it was cut about 100 years ago and is worth $2,000. Heaver says the employee who found the diamond initially thought it was trash.

Sand man

Police in Southgate, Mich., are searching for a man in a gorilla suit who burst into a Little Caesars Pizza parlor on Nov. 25, dumped a 50-pound bag of sand on the floor, and then fled the scene. Employees at the pizza shop say the man escaped in a dark blue Chevy Cobalt and left an empty bag of sand in an alley behind the restaurant. Police say the perp is a serial sander, having dumped sand in that Little Caesars three other times and additionally once in a Little Caesars in nearby Lincoln Park, Mich.

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