Jan. 14 Only in America

Monday, January 14, 2019

Leave $350 hats at home, NY middle school officials beg

GREAT NECK, N.Y. (AP) — Administrators at a New York middle school are begging parents to have students leave their expensive winter hats made by Italian apparel company Moncler at home because the pricy tops keep getting lost. The New York Post newspaper reports that school administrators at Great Neck North Middle School on Long Island wrote a letter to parents last week asking them to "try and redirect your middle schooler from wearing these hats to school." Moncler's knit winter hats with fur pom poms cost about $350, though kids' sizes are available for slightly less, an online search revealed. The Great Neck North administrators said time spent looking for lost Montcler hats has been "disruptive to the students' focus and time." Elissa Siony, a parent of a student at the school, said the letter was "silly." She told the Post, "If they lose it and freak out, they freak out."

Dave? Dave? Kansas City man gets tickets for helping Chief

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship playoff tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief player out of the snow. Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts in Saturday's NFL playoff game. Allen says "a nice guy named Dave," who didn't know he is a Chief, got him back on the road. The Chicago native asked his 21,000-plus followers to help him track down the Good Samaritan so he could reward him with tickets. Hundreds of people replied — many claiming to be Dave — and thousands retweeted the plea. On Sunday, Allen tweeted that he has found the real Dave "despite the recent influx in people changing their name to Dave in the KC area lol."