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Man Wins Morality Test By Returning Bag With $125k
We swear this isn’t a question from an ethics exam: A Fresno man found a bag with $125,000 and managed to return it.
Salvation Army worker Joe Cornell told The Fresno Bee that he found the cash Tuesday after an armored Brinks truck accidentally dropped the bag at a red light. According to Cornell, the decision to return the money wasn’t easy:
“I started crying and shaking. Everything was going through my mind — the good devil/bad devil thing. What to do?”
Cornell said it was ultimately his soon-to-be-born fourth grandchild who made him do the right thing:
“I thought, ‘What would I want her to think of me?’ That made up my mind right there. I got on my radio and called my boss. ‘Hey, I found a bag of money.’”
Brinks was nice enough to give Cornell a $5,000 reward and donate $5,000 to The Salvation Army. Meanwhile, the rest of us are at the beach digging for Angry Birds stuffed with cash.
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April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
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Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.