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Jason Altmire sold his former home in McCandless.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

For a few brief moments, Christopher Reynolds was the richest man on Earth — by far.

When the Delaware County man opened his monthly statement from online money-transfer company PayPal, his account balance was a bit higher than he anticipated. According to PayPal, it was $92,233,720,368,547,800.

That's right. His balance was $92.2 quadrillion.

What was Reynolds' reaction?

“I'm just feeling like a million bucks,” he told the Philadelphia Daily News, at least temporarily extremely undervaluing himself.

The windfall was gone a short time later: “This is obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr. Reynolds understood this was the case,” PayPal said in a statement.

What Reynolds didn't appreciate was the follow-up notice PayPal sent.

“They need me to renew the credit card that's attached to this account,” he said. “So, even though I have 90 quadrillion dollars, they still don't trust me.”

JASON JETTISONS DIGS. Former U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire apparently plans to stay in the Sunshine State for the foreseeable future.

Altmire recently sold his 3,110-square-foot house at 114 Breckenridge Dr. in McCandless to Patrick and Gratia Maley for $548,000.

Altmire was defeated by former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz in the Democrat primary last year. Critz lost to Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, in November. Altmire now works as vice president of public policy, government and community affairs for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Florida.

DEB CALLS DIBS ON COUNCIL SEAT. It's about time to slap the “shoo-in” sticker on Deb Gross.

We're betting that when the Allegheny County Democratic Committee meets today to nominate a candidate to succeed former Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd, who recently resigned, Gross gets the nod. The list of heavy hitters backing the Highland Park community activist is formidable.

Jumping on her bandwagon last week were Pittsburgh's probable next mayor, City Councilman Bill Peduto; Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald; Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner; state Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline; state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights; and state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Lincoln-Lemington.

Also expected to seek the endorsement is city Housing Authority employee Tony Ceoffe Jr., a Democrat ward chair from Lawrenceville.

WRONG NUMBER? Latrobe City Council's usually tranquil meeting atmosphere was abruptly interrupted this month by a loud, racy cell-phone ringtone.

Not only did the obscene ring tone — it included a vulgar term for part of one's anatomy — jolt everybody awake during monotonous city business, it cracked up the usually serious town leaders.

The video recording of the meeting indicates the cameraman suddenly turned to pan the audience, looking for the offending party. He aptly zeroed in on John Brasile, city fire chief, who was chuckling as he tried to silence his phone.

Brasile declined to divulge whose call warranted the “special” ringtone.

— compiled by Trib Total Media staff

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