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Tidbits: Man Goes Homeless in Covington, Fight at Kentucky Mall

Here is a look at what's making headlines around Covington and around Kentucky on Christmas:

MAN GOES HOMELESS TO RAISE AWARENESS

A local man aiming to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people in the area joined them on the streets.

WLWT interviewed Brandon Scott Perry:

Perry has spread the message of what he's doing via Facebook, posting updates, and then sharing the positive feedback with his new friends in the homeless community.

He starts most days in Covington and ventures across the bridge into Cincinnati.

"Trying to find a warm place, you know? I thought I had everything, you know. I had some blankets yesterday...um...I was on the church steps, and thought I was fine. We weren't supposed to get any precipitation, and I got rained on,” he said.

So Perry slept in the laundromat.

But the reality is, he'll go back to a warm home in just a few days, a luxury others may not be afforded.

See the video: WLWT

Perry will return from the streets tonight and has kept his followers abreast of his goal of raising funds and awareness via his Facebook page:

Just got into the shelter for the night and checked the Go Fund Me page and we just went over $7k!! You guys are amazing and I am speechless from your support. 10 more hours I will walk home and resume normal life, with a whole new outlook on life and the homeless community! No words for the joy that these people felt today between shopping, checking into their hotel, going to dinner, going to church and stopping at the Sim's Furniture CHRISTmas display! Night guys....:))))

His latest post:

Just woke up with 66 homeless men and women that will spend Christmas on the streets. Be thankful today for what you have and pray for those that go without! Merry CHRISTmas! Taking my new friends to see Anchorman 2 tonight at six at Newport if anyone wants to join...

CHRISTMAS GIFTS MAY ARRIVE LATE, UPS SAYS

After being overwhelmed by a large amount of shipments, UPS confirmed Tuesday that some gifts may not arrive until the day after Christmas. The company posted online:

UPS understands the importance of your holiday shipments. UPS is experiencing heavy holiday volume and making every effort to get packages to their destination; however, the volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity of our network immediately preceding Christmas so some shipments were delayed. UPS is not making pickups or deliveries on Christmas Day and will resume normally scheduled service on December 26.

UPS drivers will not work on Christmas, but workers at the company's Louisville hub will be on the job Wednesday night to make sure packages are delivered on Thursday:

"The volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity of our network, as demand was much greater than the forecast," UPS spokeswoman Natalie Godwin said Tuesday. "As a a result a small percentage of shipments are delayed and will not be delivered today."

Godwin would not say how many packages had been delayed, but the delays are nationwide.

More, including angry customer reactions: USA Today

FIGHT BREAKS OUT NEAR SANTA AT LOUISVILLE MALL

The UPS delay is not the only piece of drama in Louisville.

A fight broke out at a mall there... right next to Santa Claus.

And, as they say in TV news, the whole thing was caught on tape!

Watch it: WAVE

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BOSTON RADIO STATION HANGS UP ON RICK PITINO

Before Rick Pitino landed his current gig as head coach of the University of Louisville men's basketball team, where he led the Cardinals to the 2013 national championship, the former Kentucy head coach had a stop leading the NBA's Boston Celtics. His lack of success there is apparently not forgotten. While promoting a new book, Pitino scheduled a phone interview with the station, an interview that lasted only a few seconds. Listen: WAVE

WHAT'S WORSE THAN HANGING UP ON PITINO? BUYING HIM THIS:

Christian Laettner's jersey is up for auction.

Yes, that jersey from that game.

The former Duke University and NBA star is best remembered for his last second jumper that sent the Blue Devils to the Final Four and knocked Kentucky out of the 1992 NCAA Tournament:

The Laettner jersey is near the top of the list in terms of what will sell for the most cheddar at the latest Leland.com auction, which closes on Jan. 10. Other items? A 1947 Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award; a T206 Honus Wagner card; the silver medal awarded to Russia's hockey team in 1980, after the U.S. won in the greatest sports upset in world history; a bat used by Willie Mays in 1955; the earliest known program for Michigan football; a street sign from Ebbets Field; and Gordie Howe's stick and skates from his rookie year, among other items.

The reserve bid for the Laettner jersey starts at a cool $100,000. The Wagner card's floor offer is half a million dollars.

More: CBS Sports

The shot:

Yep, still painful.

Compiled by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: via Brandon Scott Perry's Facebook page