Odds ‘n’ ends: Mich. cities say hundreds of manhole covers stolen

By The Associated Press

FLINT, Mich. – Officials in Flint, Mich., say they’ve had to replace hundreds of manhole covers and grates that were probably stolen and sold for scrap.

The Flint Journal reported Monday that nearly 400 cast iron covers and grates have been taken from streets in the past year. A cover can fetch $20 from a scrap yard but can cost the city more than $200 to replace.

Officials in neighboring Burton say they’ve lost about 200 covers and grates during the same period. Utilities supervisor Mike Holzer says it leaves behind holes up to 35 feet deep.

Orlando dad gets gas by trading son’s name

ORLANDO, Fla. – Someday, when a boy named Dixon and Willoughby Partin asks how he got his 24-letter name, he’ll learn it came with a hundred bucks of gasoline.

David Partin of Orlando offered the right to name his unborn son to a local radio station that offered $100 worth of free gas to the listener with the most interesting item to trade. Radio hosts Richard Dixon and J. Willoughby took Partin’s deal.

The baby will be named Dixon and Willoughby Partin, with the “and” included.

From Associated Press reports