1. Nappanee Apple Festival hopes to claim fame for 600-lb. pie
The Nappanee Apple Festival's signature 600-lb. apple pie is in the running to win the Indiana Office of Tourism Development's contest for "best signature fall food item." The Nappanee pie is up against another apple pie -- a 9-footer made at the Mt. Zion Applefest -- as well as blueberry ice cream (Marshall County Blueberry Festival) and others. The winner will be determined by whichever food item gets the most votes from the public.
2. Nappanee girl meets best friend for the first time
A Nappanee girl and her New Zealand pen-pal of eight years met face-to-face for the first time a few weeks ago, thanks to a special "Born Friends Family Portrait" project funded by Skype. The girls, Sarah and Paige, became friends when they were only 8-years-old after they found each other and bonded over their mutual feature of having only one arm. Their heartwarming story was posted Oct. 30 on YouTube and the girls were featured this week on Katie Couric's talk show.
3. Cheers from the peanut (allergy) gallery
Researchers at Notre Dame might be one step closer to creating an injection that might prevent deadly allergic reactions, reports The Truth's news partner WNDU. If you're feeling ambitious you can read the full published study here.
Dr. Basar Bilgicer, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering told WNDU that they "have a method, a potential to develop a molecule that can actually inhibit the allergic reaction from, or curing for a specific allergy."
4. Michiana native is working his way up stardom ladder on Chinese version of "American Idol"
A Michiana-native is currently competing on a Chinese singing competition show, reports WNDU. David Harris graduated from an area high school but is currently a student at Northwestern where he's studying engineering and -- shock -- Mandarin. You can watch a video of his performance here.
5. Michigan man claims he tipped FBI off to Bin Laden's whereabouts in 2003
A 63-year-old Gem Merchant living in Grand Rapids, Mi., claims he tried to warn U.S. authorities -- and collect the $25-million reward -- on the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden's in 2003, as reported in an Associated Press story published on WSBT's website. Tom Lee says a Pakistani intelligence agent told him that he escorted bin Laden and his family to Abbottabad compound. Lee has hired attorneys to claim his reward.