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Coffee cheer

Marysville (Washington), Dec. 22 (AP): One woman’s kindness to a fellow Starbucks patron resulted in more than a thousand others spreading holiday generosity in one northwest Washington town.

A regular patron had paid for the person in line behind her a few times before, according to The Everett Herald newspaper. But on Wednesday, her good deed set off a chain of 1,013 customers paying for the next person’s drink.

Many coffee shop patrons tacked on an extra $10 or $20, which shift manager Sarah Nix said Starbucks Corp. will donate to its holiday toy drive. The seemingly spontaneous run of generosity ended yesterday morning, a store employee said. The name of the iced-tea drinker who started it was unknown.

Willie town

Vancouver, Washington (AP): Willie Nelson has not forgotten the town that knew him before he was famous. The 74-year-old country singer has donated $40,000 to Vancouver, the southwestern Washington city where he sold some of his first records a half-century ago. Nelson performed at The Amphitheatre near Vancouver on June 30. He promised to share some of the proceeds with the city and area charities. In the late 1950s, Nelson worked as a disc jockey for Vancouver station KVAN.

Miro Star

Paris (AP): A painting by Spanish artist Joan Miro fetched a record-breaking $16.6 million at a Paris auction, the Drouot Richelieu auction house said on Friday. Blue Star, a 1927 canvas featuring an irregularly shaped electric blue star surrounded by the artist’s trademark coloured squiggles and shapes, was one of 10 works by Miro to hit the auction blocks on Thursday.

Hilton sale

Los Angeles (AP): Kathy Hilton thinks you might want to own a pair of Mel Gibson’s jeans, Dean Martin’s golf club or Tom Cruise’s autographed Ray-Ban shades. That is why she collected these and two dozen other items from her famous friends and put them up for sale on eBay. Money raised from the online auction will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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