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Odds and Ends for December 19

Mock trial hosted for ‘The Night Before Christmas’

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — It’s a controversy whose roots trace back nearly two centuries to a holiday poem first published in an upstate New York newspaper: Who really wrote “A Visit from St. Nicholas”?

This week, a mock trial was hosted in a courtroom in Troy, where the now-classic, also known as “The Night Before Christmas,” was first published anonymously in the Sentinel newspaper Dec. 23, 1823.

Another media outlet reported Wednesday’s trial had a prominent local lawyer representing Clement Clark Moore, a wealthy scholar from New York City who’s credited with writing the poem. Other attorneys argued the side of Henry Livingston Jr., whose descendants claim the gentleman farmer from the Hudson Valley was the true author.

Actors portraying Moore and Livingston also took the stand during the courtroom showdown.

Police: Job applicant stole from tip jar

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Police said a woman applying for a job at a Delaware restaurant stole money from a tip jar.

Rehoboth Beach police said the woman filled out an application at Five Guys last Friday, then took about $15 from two separate jars. Police said a review of the application and surveillance footage led to the arrest of 44-year-old Melissa Brittingham.

Another media outlet reported Brittingham later pleaded guilty to a theft charge and received one year of probation.


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