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PENNSYLVANIA

Railroad calendar delivered to newspaper 63 years late

SCRANTON — A northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper has just received a calendar to help ring in the new year — except the year is 1950.

Scranton’s The Times-Tribune reports a mail carrier delivered it 63 years late without explanation on Friday.

The large tube contained a 1950 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar addressed to James Flanagan, former general manager of The Scranton Times.

The calendar includes a holiday greeting from a railroad executive dated December 1949. Flanagan died that month.

A U.S. Postal Service spokesman says lost mail is sometimes found when a machine is dismantled or office space is renovated.

Times-Tribune publisher Bobby Lynett says he’ll see if the Steamtown National Historic Site railroad museum is interested in the calendar. If not, he’ll display it in the newspaper’s offices.

RHODE ISLAND

Jewish groups battle in court over bells

PROVIDENCE — A disagreement over the ownership of a set of 18th century Torah finial bells worth millions has led to dueling lawsuits between leaders of the nation’s first Jewish congregation and the nation’s oldest synagogue.

The dispute started after leaders of the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., agreed to sell the bells for $7.4 million to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts so they can set up an endowment to care for the synagogue.

Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City is trustee of the nearly 250-year-old Newport synagogue, although the sides disagree over how much control it wields over Touro’s affairs and ownership of the bells. Its leaders object to selling, which they say violates their religious practice.

Both sides have sued. A federal judge in Providence is scheduled to hold a settlement conference Thursday.

NEW JERSEY

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