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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, January 12th

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Lynn Bartos always had a good feeling about the soft-spoken nurse who would greet her warmly at the Milwaukee-area infusion clinic where she got treatments for rheumatoid arthritis pain. It turned out the two had a far deeper connection.
"I think somewhere inside of me there was something saying, 'There's something familiar about that young woman,'" said Bartos, a semi-retired nurse herself.
That nurse, Nicole Krahn, was assigned to administer the IV this summer as Bartos settled in for one of the three-hour appointments at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin that come every five weeks.
Krahn thought Bartos' name sounded familiar but couldn't place it. In conversation, she discovered Bartos was working part-time at the hospital's neurology clinic.
"I asked, 'Oh, is that where you spent your career?' She said, 'No ... I spent my early career at the GI clinic at Children's,'" Krahn said.
Krahn, whose small intestines became twisted shortly after birth and were mostly removed, had to be fed intravenously for the first few years of her life. She visited the clinic regularly as a child to be weighed and checked over. The girl who called herself "NeeNee" liked going to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin four or five times a week because she got to see a nurse she called "Sweet Lynney."
Rose Frye, Krahn's mother, remembers how her daughter would tell the nurse about her boo-boos. "She got attached to certain people," she said.
The pair was even featured in the hospital's nursing magazine in a 1988 story about long-term care.
This summer, Bartos took a second look at Krahn's name tag - and the realization hit.
"I said, 'You're NeeNee!' And she said, 'Yes, I am,' and we suddenly realized we had this connection that went way back to her being a toddler," said Bartos, now 66. "And I'm like, 'That toddler is now taking care of me.' And I think I spent the rest of the day crying during the infusion appointment."
They hadn't seen each other in 25 years, since Bartos had changed jobs.
Krahn, now 30, said she remembered Bartos and always wanted to be a nurse. She says Bartos' kindness influenced how she relates to patients.
"I don't know if it's a small world, or it was meant for me to take care of her after all these years," Krahn said.
Bartos said she often wondered about "NeeNee."
"It was absolute gift to me to reconnect with Nicole," she said. "That's how I look at it, that I was given a gift to know that 44 years of nursing, I did make a difference."

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BATH, Pa. (AP) -- State police have charged an eastern Pennsylvania man with burglarizing a neighbor's home by cutting a hole that linked his basement to the neighbor's.
Twenty-two-year-old Paul Buskirk has been in the Northampton County jail since Sunday on burglary, theft and other charges.
Police say he sawed through his wall and created a hole to get into a woman's home sometime on Dec. 4. Police say Buskirk then stole $200 worth of quarters the woman had stored in several envelopes.
The woman called police when she came home and found sheet rock materials in her basement - along with a shirt covering a large hole in the wall. Police say Buskirk's mother told them he slept in the basement of her home.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Buskirk who faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 19.

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LONDON (AP) -- It's the dark days of one of the rainiest British winters on record. So some London commuters were surprised to hear their trains had been delayed because of the sun.
Rail operator Southeastern tweeted Tuesday that "we had severe congestion through Lewisham due to dispatching issues as a result of strong sunlight." The company said low winter sun was hitting monitors at an angle that meant the drivers could not see them.
Almost 1 million people travel to London by train every weekday - and commuters are used to hearing a wide array of excuses for the frequent delays.
Past culprits have included "leaves on the line" and "the wrong type of snow."

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PERRYOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania couple is struggling to sell a house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs."
Scott and Barbara Lloyd listed the house last summer, but they've dropped the asking price from $300,000 to $250,000.
The three-story Victorian in Layton was the second-most clicked home on Realtor.com last year, but Scott Lloyd told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the publicity has attracted curiosity seekers, but no serious buyers.
"We're finally starting to see a little bit of motion," Lloyd said.
The home's location in a tiny village about an hour's drive southeast of Pittsburgh works against it. So does the fact that it has only one bathroom to go with its four bedrooms.
"Even though it's got notoriety, location still is a big deal," said Erik Gunther, a senior editor and expert on unique homes for Realtor.com.
The foyer and dining room were depicted in the film, but no, there's no dungeon pit in the basement where the killer played by Ted Levine kept his victims before killing and skinning them. Those grisly scenes were filmed on a soundstage.
A film crew spent three days shooting in the home near Perryopolis. The Lloyds are selling the house, where they raised their son, because they're downsizing into a ranch-style home they're building a few miles away.
A couple months after buying the home, the Lloyds were married Feb. 13, 1977, in the foyer where Levine's character first meets the FBI agent portrayed by Jodie Foster.
Anthony Hopkins won an Academy Award for playing Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a crazed, cannibalistic psychiatrist whose macabre clues help rookie Agent Clarice Starling track down and kill Buffalo Bill in his home. Foster also won an Oscar.
"The fact that a home gets a ton of publicity doesn't necessarily add up to a quick sale," Gunther said. "Just because I want to gawk at something doesn't mean I want to buy it."

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A snake thief smuggled a 2-foot-long python from a Portland pet store by stuffing it down his pants.
Sgt. Greg Stewart said no arrests have been made in Friday's theft. But Christin Bjugan, an owner of A to Z pet store, said video surveillance has helped viewers and police detectives identify a suspect, and she expects to have the snake returned soon.
"We know who did it," she said Monday. "We know where he lives, we know where he works, we know all about him and his girlfriend. We're just waiting to get our snake back."
The video shows the suspect with a blue-haired woman who appeared to be in on the theft. He handed her some keys before taking the snake from a tank and shuffling out of the store.
Bjugan says it was "pretty gutsy" for the man to put the python down his pants, and potentially a bad move because it was close to feeding day.
On the other hand, she added, the snake does like warm, dark places.
The snake is a black pastel ball python and sells for $200.
"We have a cheap price, usually they go for about $400," Bjugan said.
Stewart said the department has investigated thefts at pet stores, but this is the first time it has involved someone putting a snake in their pants. It also seemed more purposeful than usual.
"If you look at the theft of stuff from pet stores, a lot of times it's someone wandering in drunk and doing something stupid," he said. "This one's a little bit different, although putting a snake down your pants is not super bright. There's a lot of different ways that could go wrong."

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Moscow police are looking into the weekend's no-pants subway ride for a possible misdemeanor.
Despite freezing temperatures, several dozen people joined the global annual event on Sunday by riding Moscow's ornate subway with no trousers or skirts on.
The Moscow police said in a statement on Monday that it is studying reports and posts on social media to see if any laws or regulations have been breached.
It was not immediately clear what the pantless subway riders could be charged with but the stunt could technically fall under the law against disturbing public order.
The Communists of Russia, a marginal political party, earlier on Monday called for charges against young people in Moscow and St. Petersburg who "challenged public morality and traditional values" by wearing no pants.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia couple was surprised after receiving a letter their son sent almost 11 years ago while serving in Iraq.
The Roanoke Times reports David Craig got the letter last week from his son Lynn Craig, who returned safely from Iraq in September 2005.
The missing letter, dated March 14, 2005, was written about a month after Lynn Craig had been in Iraq. At that time, he was a lance corporal of the U.S. Marine Corps. He's still part of the Reserve.
The Craigs say they'd like to know where the letter has been all this time.
U.S. Postal Service spokesman Tad Kelley says there's no way of knowing what happened in transit from Iraq to Roanoke, Virginia, adding it's very rare for letters to go missing for that long.

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LIMA, OH (WOIO) - A man wanted for arson and vandalism didn't like his mugshot being shown everywhere, so he sent officers a selfie to use instead.
Police issued a warrant for Donald A. "Chip" Pugh. In addition to other charges, the 45-year-old man also skipped a court date.
Titled, "Here is a better photo that one is terrible." Lima police said the photo was sent to them by Mr. Pugh himself.
"We thank him for being helpful, but now we would appreciate it if he would come speak to us at the LPD about his charges."

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HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - Candy might not be so sweet for a Southern California man.
Jesus Ibarra of Hesperia was arrested Thursday after authorities say they found his garage full of stolen sweets. He was freed on bail but couldn't be reached for comment at his home Friday.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Mars Candy Co. sweets that hadn't passed inspection were supposed to be trucked to a location in San Bernardino County for destruction but when the truck arrived, 7,500 pounds of candy were missing.
The Sheriff's Department says investigators caught a break when ads starting turning up online.
That led to Ibarra's home. Authorities say his garage had been turned into a candy store with 30 racks of boxed candy labeled with prices.

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A Panama City woman has been arrested after authorities say she attacked a fellow driver with a pair of scissors following a traffic crash.
Bay County Sheriff's officials say Vanessa Monique Suber, 30, sideswiped the victim along a busy highway in November. The two pulled into a McDonald's after the crash where authorities said Suber punched the unidentified driver and slashed her face several times with a pair of scissors.
The News Herald reports she was arrested earlier this week and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to have insurance.
Authorities said the victim required numerous stitches. She identified Suber from a photo lineup.

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