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By Compiled by staff from wire reports / May 6, 2003



It's not for grandmothers anymore

Charlie Scott, of Kansas City, Mo., is often needled for his choice of hobby.

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He's the only man in the 150-member Nitetime Needlers quilt guild in Kansas City.

He makes sure his fellow Needlers keep an open mind.

"I would always have to say something because when they made announcements, they would say 'Ladies,"' Scott said. "Now they make an effort to say, 'Ladies and gentleman' or 'Lladies and Charlie."'

Scott joined the group about three years ago after he saw his former mother-in-law quilting.

"I was fascinated with what she was doing, so I went out and bought some fabric and made a quilt," said Scott, who at that time didn't know how to sew. "I basically just taught myself."

Immediately he was hooked.

The 30-year-old developed his hobby into a career. He began teaching beginning quilting at a fabrics and crafts store, and for more than a year now he has been the store's education coordinator.

Scott said he expects more men to take up quilting.

"It's no longer just for grandmothers," he said Thursday.

No, party, just a nap, thanks

Don Flickinger's idea of celebrating the degree that he started working on 75 years ago likely will be much different than his younger classmates.

"At my age, celebrating means getting into bed for a good nap," Flickinger said.

Flickinger was two days shy of his 96th birthday when he got his associate's degree in technical studies from the University of Toledo on Saturday. He was the school's oldest graduate.

"I am trying to show my great-grandchildren that it's possible, even at my age," he said.

Flickinger began taking classes in 1928, the same year Calvin Coolidge was president and Babe Ruth was hitting home runs for the Yankees.

When the Depression started, he had to quit school. He took more classes after he returned to the university in 1966 as an employee.

Retirement and travel put another gap in his transcript. He returned in 2001 when he took an independent study that led to the degree.

Next time, remember the map

A bank robbery suspect, apparently confused by a labyrinth of routes near Cedar Bluff Road in Knoxville, Tenn., was arrested about 45 minutes after the heist - right behind the bank.

David A. Hughes of Johnson City was charged with one count of aggravated robbery, Knoxville police said.

A branch of First Tennessee Bank was robbed about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Police officers nabbed Hughes' car about 10:15 a.m. as it circled the bank's back parking lot.

Hughes apparently had driven around the area but found himself back at the bank as he attempted to flee, police said.

Officers Cynthia J. Chandler and Jason Krumenacker handcuffed Hughes 247 feet from the bank's front door, police said. Inside his car they found a yellow plastic bag containing stacks of money and a BB pistol.

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