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Posted: November 1, 2006 4:55 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2006 5:00 a.m.

Mayor fights underage drinking by accidentally promoting sex talk
EDMOND, Okla. — The mayor personally distributed thousands of fliers discouraging underage drinking only to find they mistakenly contained the phone number for a sex talk line.
    Mayor Saundra Naifeh and more than five dozen volunteers went door-to-door Saturday to deliver 22,000 fliers. The city attorney notified Naifeh Saturday night after the police department learned of the mistake.
    ‘‘Obviously, it made me feel sick,’’ Naifeh said. ‘‘I have no idea how the error happened.’’
    Callers dialing the number were promised ‘‘exciting live talk’’ if they called a second number offering provocative telephone conversations or text messages costing 99 cents to $2.99 a minute.
    The flier was designed by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, City Manager Larry Stevens said.
    Naifeh had chosen the campaign to fight underage drinking as Edmond’s contribution to Make A Difference Day, a national day set aside to help neighbors and the community.
   
Museum finds that it's newest casket didn't come alone
   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Museum of Funeral Customs is used to some spooky donations, but a rare casket recently arrived with an unusual addition: a human skeleton.
    The bones were inside an 1870s-era glass-topped casket that director Jon Austin wanted for the Springfield museum’s collection.
    The casket had been found in a secret cupboard in a Litchfield building. The room was once used as a lodge for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an international fraternal organization, Austin said.
    The skeleton was missing a kneecap and several wrist bones and was wired together in a way that allowed the jaw to move. It was also wired to the casket.
    The skeleton’s identity is unknown. A doctor who examined the remains believes they were from a young adult male. Tags on the skeleton from the Montgomery County coroner estimated that ‘‘John Doe’’ was born in 1880.
    The skeleton was supposed to go to a medical school, but the donors recently asked if the museum could take the whole package.
    ‘‘Our thought was, if that’s the means to get the casket, we would find a way of appropriately disposing of the skeleton in the future,’’ Austin said.
    The Illinois State Museum has agreed to use the skeleton in its collection, Austin said.
    The Museum of Funeral Customs averages about 7,600 visitors a year and was founded in 2000 by the Illinois Funeral Directors Association.  

Golfer finds that having a great swing does not always pay off
   SAN ANTONIO — A golfer who made a hole-in-one last month at a charity golf tournament and won $50,000 is being sued by a teammate over how the money should be spent.
    Brit Martin was recruited by Mike Neutze to play on a four-man team in a September tournament at Comanche Trace Golf Course. Neutze, who sponsored the team, picked Martin to try his swing at the hole-in-one competition.
    Before the ball dropped in, the two hadn’t discussed what would become of the prize.
    Martin sank it and said he wants to use the money to jump-start his dream of becoming a pro golfer.
    Neutze said in court filings he wants the team to split the prize with the Kerrville Professional Firefighters Association, the event’s organizer. He argued that he should decide who gets the money because he was a major sponsor of the 9-11 Golf Tournament and his position made Martin eligible to take the shot.
    Martin hasn’t yet received the check. A court hearing is set for Friday.

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