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Pennsylvania man buried with his favorite Philly cheesesteaks

Pennsylvania man buried with his favorite Philly cheesesteaks

A Pennsylvania grandfather died last month of heart complications, and his bereaved family honored his unconventional final wishes and buried him with a Philly cheesesteak in each hand. According to Philly.com, 76-year-old Richard Lussi had long joked that he wanted to be buried with a pair of...

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Wines to buy in the aftermath of the California wine country fires

Wines to buy in the aftermath of the California wine country fires

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