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Developer builds around woman’s home

SEATTLE – When 86-year-old Edith Macefield refused a $1 million offer to move from her Seattle home, a developer started building a five-story project around it.

Macefield said that she doesn’t need the money and that she doesn’t want to move from her home, where she has lived since 1966. A concrete wall looms within feet of her kitchen window as the project rises.

Macefield’s 108-year-old house is the last home on her block. She said that she doesn’t mind the noise of the construction site.

Construction workers watch out for Macefield, particularly superintendent Barry Martin, who says it’s like having your grandmother around.

Man uses adult store’s cuffs in robbery

FERNDALE, Mich. – A parolee faces charges of robbing a lingerie and adult novelties store after locking up a clerk with a pair of off-the-shelf handcuffs.

Police in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale say the clerk triggered a holdup alarm after seeing the masked suspect enter the Priscilla’s store. The man announced a robbery, led the woman into a back room and handcuffed her to a storage shelf.

The clerk got to a phone and called police, who were waiting for the man as he walked out the back door. Officers said they recovered $213 in cash.

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Police say the man was released from prison in April after serving seven years in prison for armed robbery.

Alabama couple celebrate 80th anniversary

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – A Scottsboro couple recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary, one of the longest marriages among living people when compared to reports in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records.

Alonzo, 97, and Beulah Sims, 94, celebrated their anniversary a day early Sunday at the nursing home where they have lived since May 2002.

Without their families’ approval, the two teens married in 1927, when he was working at a farm, plowing fields with a mule and picking cotton for 50 cents a day.

The couple, who raised six children, credit their long lives to hard farmwork and eating lots of vegetables. They said their eight decades of marriage have been virtually free of fussing.

“We’ve been too busy to fight,” Beulah Sims said.

They spend their time visiting other residents at the nursing home, listening to gospel music and playing bingo.

“After all these years,” he said, “I still enjoy being with her.”

Woman gives birth to own grandchildren

SAO PAULO, Brazil – A 51-year-old surrogate mother for her daughter has given birth to her own twin grandchildren in northeastern Brazil, the delivery hospital said.

Rosinete Palmeira Serrao, a government health worker, gave birth to twin boys by Caesarean section recently at the Santa Joana Hospital in the city of Recife, the hospital said in a statement on its Web site.

Hospital officials were not available for comment, but press reports said the grandmother and twins were discharged in excellent health. The Caesarean section was performed about two weeks ahead of time because Serrao was having trouble sleeping, the statement said.

Serrao decided to serve as a surrogate mother after four years of failed attempts at pregnancy by her 27-year-old daughter, Claudia Michelle de Brito.

Brazilian law stipulates that only close relatives can serve as surrogate mothers. De Brito is an only child and none of her cousins volunteered, so Serrao agreed to receive four embryos from her daughter.