Friday, May 6, 2011

House Featured In Home Alone Movie For Sale For 2.4 Millions Dollars

The "Home Alone" movie house is for sale in Winnetka, IL.
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Here’s one home that any kid can appreciate. The home made famous by the booby-trapping antics of Macaulay Culkin in the 1990 holiday hit movie, “Home Alone,” is now for sale for $2.4 million.

Located in the village of Winnetka, IL, which is approximately 20 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Home Alone house at is located at 671 Lincoln Ave., a stately Georgian on a quiet tree-lined street that is easily recognizable from the movie by its red-brick exterior and stately white columns.

According to Reuters, John and Cynthia Abendshien own the 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath home and are downsizing since their daughter is grown. The couple lived in the home during the six-month long film shoot and Culkin even became their daughter’s friend.

The home is on .53 acres and features a gourmet kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, a sunroom, a dormered attic bedroom and a detached garage. It is located just a few blocks from Lake Michigan. Winnetka real estate can be quite pricey and the village is considered to be the richest in Illinois; Winnetka’s median home value is $777,900.

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U.S.A Restaurant Owner Fined For Flying American Flags

Some American flags in Crystal River are causing a stir.

Linda Downey is the owner of Taste of Philly in Crystal River. She put six flags on her restaurant to honor the military and her two sons serving in the Navy.

However, the City of Crystal River says the number of flags is a code violation. The city's flag ordinance says businesses cannot fly more than three flag within city limits.

City leaders say the flag ordinance is in place to ensure that the American flag is not overly-commercialized. Even so, leaders admit some changes to the code might be necessary.

In the meantime, Downey says there is no way the flags are coming down.

"All these people fighting for our country and we're not allowed to display flags in their honor," Downey said.

Raymond Colvard served in the Air Force. He appreciates the gesture and says the flags need to stay.

"I think they should change their law," Colvard said. "If it is a law on their books change it."

The Crystal River City Council will meet Monday at 7pm. Discussion about the ordinance is expected.

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Teen Pleads Guilty To Burning Down Historic Church

A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to 545 days in jail for his role in the torching of a 118-year-old southern Indiana church listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

He's one of eight Columbus teenagers charged in connection with the July 2010 fire, which destroyed the Grandview Apostolic Church.

Dalton J. Poe of Columbus pleaded guilty Monday to institutional criminal mischief. The Republic says in exchange for the plea, authorities agreed to dismiss arson and conspiracy charges.

Twenty-year-old Skylar Ping has accepted a plea deal, while other defendants await trial.

Investigators say the teens decided to burn down the church last July after taking LSD and coming to believe that it belonged to Satan worshipers.

Pakistani Muslims Stage Protests Over U.S Killing Osama Bin Laden

Last updated at 2:03 PM on 4th May 2011
These were the angry scenes across Pakistan today as Muslims staged protests against the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Hundreds of people marched through Multan, burning U.S. flags and waving placards as they warned the terrorist's death could produce many more radical figures to take his place.

It comes after crowds of weeping mourners were pictured offering funeral prayers for the Al Qaeda mastermind widely blamed for thousands of deaths at 9/11.

Hate: Pakistani men burn a U.S. flag during angry protests at the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Multan

Hate: Pakistani men burn a U.S. flag during angry protests in the city of Multan. Hundreds marched through the streets in protest at the killing of Osama bin Laden

Warning: The protesters claimed the Al Qaeda mastermind's death would produce many more radical terrorists
Warning: The protesters claimed the Al Qaeda mastermind's death would produce many more radical terrorists

Threatening: Demonstrators claimed that the killing of Bin Laden would produce many more terrorists to take his place

They will heap further pressure on the British government to justify the £650million aid package sent to a country where so many appear to hate us.

Only today Lashkar-e-Taiba - the militants behind the Mumbai terror attack - said Bin Laden's 'martyrdom' would not be in vain.

David Cameron has insisted it is in Britain's national interest to continue to co-operate with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism as debate intensified over a £650m aid package handed the country just weeks ago.

The Prime Minister said there were 'searching questions' for the Pakistani government to answer after U.S. special forces tracked down the Al Qaeda leader to a large villa complex close to the country's leading military academy.

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U.S Unemployment Rises To 9.0%

The U.S. economy added more jobs than forecast in April, easing concern that higher fuel prices are slowing the economic recovery.

Payrolls increased by 244,000 workers last month, the biggest gain since May 2010, after a revised 221,000 gain the prior month, the Labor Department said today in Washington. Economists projected an April rise of 185,000, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey. Employment excluding government jobs jumped the most in five years. The jobless rate rose to 9 percent, the first increase since November.

More jobs and rising wages may give households, whose spending accounts for 70 percent of the economy, the means to overcome the highest gasoline prices in almost three years. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and some of his colleagues have signaled they plan to forge ahead through June with record monetary stimulus to bolster the expansion.

“The recovery has progressed into the self-propelling stage, where it’s less vulnerable to short-term swings in sentiment,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief economist at MF Global Inc. in New York, who forecast a gain of 250,000 jobs.

Stock-index futures rose and Treasuries fell after the report. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in June climbed 0.9 percent to 1,347.5 at 8:48 a.m. in New York. The yield on the benchmark 10-year note increased to 3.23 percent from 3.15 percent.

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