Ellen Degeneres Rewards Waitress for Aiding Soldiers

By: ap
By: ap

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire waitress who picked up lunch tab for two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government's shutdown has been repaid -- more than 300 times over -- by television star Ellen DeGeneres.
Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress in Concord, N.H., just wanted to do a nice thing for the soldiers, so she recently picked up their lunch tab. It cost her $27.75.
On Friday, DeGeneres squared the tab and then some, giving Hoidahl $27.75 in cash and a check for $10,000.
An emotional Hoidahl buried her face in her hands and thanked DeGeneres as the talk show host repeated "You're a good person."
DeGeneres caught wind of Hoidahl's act of kindness when the New Hampshire National Guard posted a picture on its Facebook page. The story spread quickly online, producers saw it and invited Hoidahl to Hollywood.
Ellen also gave her a 50-inch television.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee is suing a museum in her hometown of Monroeville to stop it from selling souvenirs with her name and the title of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Mobile, says the Monroe County Heritage Museum has traded on Lee's fame without her approval and without compensating her. It seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
Museum attorney Matt Goforth says the nonprofit museum honors Lee's legacy and that she had never sought money from the museum in its 25 years of existence.
The suit comes after Lee sought a federal trademark for the title of her book when it's used on clothing. The museum opposed her application, saying its souvenir sales are vital to its continued operation.

LONDON (AP) -- It's a poignant scene familiar to anyone who has watched "Titanic" -- as the ship slides into the icy waters, musicians perform for the passengers, playing with stoic resolve until the final hour.
None of the musicians survived in the 1912 disaster in the North Atlantic, but a violin believed to be the one played by bandmaster Wallace Hartley will now go on auction.
"It is just a remarkable piece of history," said Andrew Aldridge, of auctioneer Henry Aldridge and Son. "I have been an auctioneer for 20 years, but I have never seen an item that brings out this degree of emotion in people before."
The auction house, which specializes in Titanic memorabilia, expects the violin to fetch more than 200,000 pounds (US$323,300) when it goes on sale Saturday.


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