1.) Here’s another reason for you to keep your dog on a short lease – dog bites accounted for more than 1/3rd of homeowner’s insurance liability claims paid in 2011. According to the Insurance Information Institute, that added up to a cost of nearly $479 million. Property casualty insurers pay out far more in claims for property damage to homes, but when it comes to liability, the cost of dog bite claims has risen 48% since 2003, even though the number of dog bites has remained roughly flat. High payouts are happening because more people own dogs, they live closer to one another, and parents are more likely to get advanced medical care for their children after a bite.
2.) Last week, Mary Jane Hart of Doniphan, Missouri started a new job as a part-time cashier at a gas station. Saturday, playing her favorite NASCAR drivers numbers, she sold herself a Powerball ticket. She matched all five numbers, missing only the Powerball, as no NASCAR driver uses the number 52, and scored a quick one million dollars. Amazingly, it was her second win of the week, having won $500 dollars on the Wednesday Powerball drawing. And, she says she’s keeping her job at the gas station.
3.) The Rolling Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary with their current concert tour. Along with starting the band 50 years ago, guitarist Keith Richards was also spending time at the library a half century ago. And the Rolling Stones member is admitting he still owes fines on books that he borrowed from his local public library in Dartford, Kent. 50 years later, those fines could add up to more than $30,000. But, for a Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame member with an estimated personal fortune of more than $250 million, he shouldn’t have much trouble settling his account.