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Couple get hitched in hospital after groom takes wrong plunge

Love finds a way

Groom takes a plunge, then gets married

What do you do when the groom takes the wrong kind of plunge on the wedding day? In the case of Derek McBride of Erie, Pa., the plunge was down a set of stairs. The event appeared doomed when tests showed McBride had three broken ribs and a punctured, collapsed lung. But he and Cassy Messenger had their hearts set on exchanging vows, and weren't about to cancel or postpone the event. So, reported the Erie Times-News, family and nurses stepped up, decorating the chapel at Saint Vincent Health Center with medical glove balloons and bows made of gauze. Both looked fetching in gowns; she in the bridal kind, he in the hospital one, worn under his tuxedo.

Testing faiths

Atheists' billboard is off church land

When Matrix Media Services put up a billboard supporting atheism, it was both a statement of faith — or lack of it — and an exercise in free speech. The ad, put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Columbus, Ohio, featured the beaming face of a local nonbeliever and the man's message: "I can be good without God." There was only one problem. The land on which the billboard stood was owned by the Christ Cathedral Church. The Rev. Waymon Malone apparently objected, the Columbus Dispatch reported, and the billboard has been relocated to another site. Matrix Media Services account executive Jay Schmidt said the billboard's placement was "an unfortunate oversight."

Holy kudzu!

Vine is said to resemble Jesus

Some residents in an eastern North Carolina city say a patch of kudzu growing on a utility pole is more than an invasive vine. They see a likeness to Jesus Christ on the cross. The Free Press of Kinston reported that people began noticing the growth last week. Kent Hardison, who runs Ma's Hot Dog stand nearby, said he was getting ready to spray it with herbicide until he noticed the resemblance. But the likeness could also cause some problems. A University of Maryland biology professor says kudzu costs power companies about $1.5 million a year to repair damaged lines.

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Couple get hitched in hospital after groom takes wrong plunge 06/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:14pm]
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