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October 12, 2017 Edition

Lizzie Borden house is on the market                                                                                    Fox News
For a cool $850,000, you can live under the same roof where Lizzie Borden – yes, that Lizzie Borden – lived after she was acquitted of brutally murdering her father and stepmother in Massachusetts.
The 4,000-square-foot Fall River mansion, called Maplecroft — since very huge homes tend to get their own names — has 8 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 6 fireplaces.
Listings for the home, which, understandably, has been something of a tourist attraction, boast that it has touches that reflect the Borden history.
This is not, however, where Lizzie Borden’s once-alleged crime – with an axe – occurred. The murders, which happened in 1892 and for whom no one was ever convicted, took place a few miles from the mansion.
Borden and her sister, Emma, inherited most of their father’s wealth – some $10 million at today’s rate – after his death. The sisters bought the mansion in 1894 with money from their father’s estate, and named it Maplecroft.
They lived quite lavishly, employing live-in housekeepers, and a coachman, among others.
Townspeople kept their distance from Lizzie Borden. Emma Borden moved out eventually, leaving her sister to live at Maplecroft with the staff.
Maplecroft was bought in 2014 by Kristee Bates of Texas, a murder-mystery buff, who plunked down $500,000.
Bates considered turning the Queen Anne Victorian into a bed and breakfast, museum and events center, according to the Boston Globe.
She also painstakingly set out to restore details of the home to reflect the period in which the Borden family lived in it. But the plans never came to fruition, the Globe reported.
Lizzie Borden lived there under the name “Lizbeth A. Borden” until she died in 1927 after contracting pneumonia.
And the house where the murders happened? That is now the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum, also in Fall River.
For those who really want to immerse themselves in the Lizzie Borden experience, it features the $247-per-night “Lizzie and Emma Suite.”

WOEFULTOURIST says, “Seems a whole lot of money to pay for a house where the diabolical murder didn’t even take place.”


Mystery smell suggested to be local landfill                                                                           Posted: Sep 21, 2017
MADSION, Wis. – The mystery smell in Madison’s Elvehjem neighborhood has been potentially identified to be permeating from the local landfill due to this summer’s unusual weather, according to Alder Denise DeMarb. 
The smell was reported on by Channel3000 on Aug. 15, by members of the community complaining that the area smelt like garbage, especially early in the morning and at night. 
Public Health Madison & Dane County and the Dane County Solid Waste Division, in cooperation with several other groups, responded by developing an online survey to investigate the type of odor, frequency of the smell and duration of exposures, a release from DeMarb said. 
The survey was shared with the community through social media and resulted in more than 1,000 responses, according to the release. 
The continuing investigation suggests the landfill may be the source of at least some of the odor. The release suggests that the smell may have been enhanced by Dane County’s wet summer this year combined with the recent weather pattern of cool and calm nights. 
The Solid Waste Division is addressing concerns about the smell by placing additional cover over areas of the landfill to limit gas emissions, installing multiple misting systems to disperse odor neutralizers and installing additional gas collection wells to capture and destruct landfill gasses. They are also working with experts to help prevent an event like this from happening in the future, according to the release. 
While the smell has led to symptoms of headaches, stress and affected quality of life, the smell is not expected to increase the risk of disease, according to the release. 

WOERFULTOURIST says, “Since Health officials refuse to be pinned down to anything specific, they are even considering that the smell may be due to nothing more than a particularly stinky pair of socks on a clothesline in the neighborhood.”


After 66 million years, creature wins state dinosaur honor                                          Associated Press•September 24, 2017
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It took about 66 million years, but a duck-billed creature has finally won recognition as California’s state dinosaur.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday the signing of a bill making Augustynolophus (Aw-gus-tin-o-lo-fus) morrisi the official dinosaur of the Golden State.
Fossilized remains of the duckbilled creature that lived anywhere from 100 million to 66 million years ago have been found only in California.
Several other states and Washington, D.C., also have official dinosaurs.
California has more than 30 state insignia including a state lichen — lace lichen — and a state fabric, denim.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “He bets that the fight for the California state lichen must have been a highly contentious one.”

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