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News of the Weird

Saturday June 08, 2002

Kid named after Red Wings arena 


DETROIT – The newest addition to the Arena family — and the Red Wings’ fan base — is a living legacy to the ice hockey team’s frosty home. 

Joe Louis Arena, 9 pounds, 7 ounces, was born at 3:44 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, to Sarah and Nick Arena. 

The happy parents said they had the name picked out five months ago, when they learned that their baby would be a boy. 

“Our first baby was a girl, so we didn’t get a chance then,” said Nick Arena.  

“Nick’s a big (Red Wings) fan, and he got me into it and it’s Red Wings all the way,” Sarah Arena said. “I like the name Joey.” 

The couple had plans to watch Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals — played, naturally, in Joe Louis Arena — from their hospital room Thursday night. 


Wireless sleuth  

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich – A wireless phone salesman became a high-tech sleuth when a friend’s car was stolen with his cell phone still inside. 

When musician and Web designer Eddie Kim had his car swiped in Chicago on Friday night, he called his friend Matthew Carney to help him cancel his phone service. 

Carney, who works for Sprint PCS in Traverse City, persuaded Kim to keep the phone activated so that he could monitor the calls and possibly locate the car. 

“I told him it may be the best tool he’s got working for him if he ever wants to see his car again,” Carney said. “It was just kind of a lucky break that the guy was dumb enough to keep using the car and keep using the phone.” 

Carney determined on Saturday morning that several calls had been made to a number in South Bend, Ind., by connecting it to a signal tower there. 

Kim went to a South Bend address he found by entering the phone number on a reverse telephone look-up Web site. 

Kim managed to persuade an off-duty police officer to help him just as he spotted his car driving away. A police chase involving a dozen patrol cars ensued and police eventually arrested an 18-year-old Chicago man. 

Kim’s car was recovered Saturday night. 


Cemetery plots for sale  

PASCO, Wash. – Leaders of the Franklin County Historical Society have an unusual problem — selling 84 cemetery plots that were donated to the Franklin County Museum. 

The plots at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in nearby Kennewick were given three years ago by a Connell woman who belongs to the society and asked not to be identified, said Jacque Sonderman, a society consultant. 

So far 11 have been sold, including six this year, through advertisements in the group’s newsletter and a free shopper called the Giant Nickel. 

“I haven’t been able to get the word out.”