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Unbeknownst to her mother, the girl used a deactivated cell phone to call dispatchers 287 times in June — sometimes as often as 20 times a shift.

“We talked with her and we convinced her if she told us where she lives, we would bring her McDonald’s,” said Steve Cordes, executive director of QuadCom’s emergency center, which covers Carpentersville. “She finally gave us her address. So we sent the police over — with no McDonald’s.”

After police arrived, the girl’s mother took away the phone, Mr. Cordes said. Under federal law, deactivated cell phones still must be able to access 911.

KANSAS

Tornado reveals time capsule

GREENSBURG — A time capsule found in the wreckage of tornado-ravaged Greensburg High School documented the town’s past through 70-year-old newspapers and membership lists from a church, a band and the American Legion post.

Two 1937 graduates of the school, Ruth West and Elgeva Kerr, opened the small copper box during the town’s July Fourth festivities.

The capsule apparently was forgotten until workers discovered it while clearing away the debris left by the May 4 tornado that destroyed more than 90 percent of the tiny south-central Kansas town of 1,400 residents.

Among other things, the capsule contained membership lists for the 1937 school board, an American Legion post, the Masonic Lodge, the Methodist Church and a band that played at that year’s Kansas State Fair. It also held copies of the Kiowa County Progressive Signal and the Greensburg News.

MAINE

Suspect tells press he needed money

SOUTH PARIS — A man suspected in the deaths of three persons at a New Hampshire outdoors equipment store told reporters outside court yesterday that he did it because he “needed the money.”

Michael Woodbury spoke to reporters as he was being led across a parking lot from the Oxford County jail to the courthouse to be arraigned as a fugitive from justice.

They “busted the robbery,” Woodbury, 31, said of the victims.

A reporter asked him, “Did you do it?”

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