SALVATION AND A CAR
COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Please God, give me salvation — and a car. That prayer may have been uttered by more than a few people at a Maryland church on Sunday. That’s because Destiny Church in Columbia handed out five used cars to demonstrate God’s goodness and to attract new members. The Washington Post reported that the church gave away the cars to increase attendance at its new location. It was the first Sunday at a building in a strip mall for the 7-year-old nondenominational church. Pastor Stephen Chandler said the predominantly African-American church normally draws up to 1,100 people. This week, the church gave away 2,250 tickets in advance of three services. The church added a fourth service, which meant it had to buy another car to give away. The fifth car was given to a family in need.
SOMETHING STINKS IN HAGERMAN, NEW MEXICO
HAGERMAN, N.M. (AP) — Something stinks in one southeastern New Mexico town and residents want police on the case. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports skunk smell is plaguing the town of Hagerman, New Mexico, thanks to a mild winter that is bringing out the smelling mammals early. Viola Badcock, the owner of Hagerman Township Animal Shelter, says the annoying animals are hanging in town and generally are not healthy. She says their stink appears to be a growing problem. Hagerman Police Patrolman Adam Chavez says officers are settling up traps around town and in nearby Lake Arthur and Dexter. Chavez says healthy skunks caught in traps will be relocated on the east side of town near a river.
FRAPPACCINO ON HORSEBACK
ANTHEM, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona teen says she was denied service at a Starbucks drive-thru after she tried to order a Frappuccino while on a horse. KNXV-TV in Phoenix reports a Starbucks in Anthem, Arizona, recently told Aspen Cline it wouldn’t serve her when she and her horse, Scout, galloped to the drive-thru. Cline says the barista didn’t give a reason and only said the store couldn’t take her order. The teen says she also had planned to give her horse some cream. Starbucks told the station that drive-thru windows were only for cars out of safety reasons. However, there are a number of videos online of horse riders ordering lattes at Starbucks drive-thru windows. Cline says she wanted the horse drive-thru experience for her birthday.
AN APPLE BACK IN THE DAY
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — An “apple detective” has rediscovered several varieties thought to be distinct. The Lewiston Tribune newspaper reported Monday that David Benscoter located the trees growing near a butte in the rolling hills of the vast Palouse agricultural area. He worked with apple experts at the Temperate Orchard Conservancy in Oregon and Fedco Seeds in Maine to positively identify the apple types. They were compared to written descriptions from old books and antique watercolor paintings. They include the Shackleford, Saxon Priest, Kittageskee, Ewalt and McAffee varieties. An estimated 17,000 named apple varieties are thought to have originated in North America, but Benscoter says only about 4,000 still exist today. Benscoter thinks he’s found an additional seven apples in the region that were also thought to be extinct or extremely rare, but they have yet to be confirmed.