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For 83 years, fans just couldn't see this lighthouse

The lighthouse overlooking San Francisco Bay overlooked Wellfleet Hrbor in Massachusetts 83 years ago.

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The lighthouse overlooking San Francisco Bay overlooked Wellfleet Hrbor in Massachusetts 83 years ago.

Hey! There is it!

After 83 years, lighthouse finally visible

Somehow, historians in Wellfleet, Mass., lost track of a 30-foot-tall, cast iron lighthouse. The assumption was always that it was dismantled and destroyed in 1925. But it turns out that's not what happened. Because someone found the lighthouse last year. In California. The Cape Cod Times reports that researchers determined that the navigational aid at the south end of San Francisco Bay is indeed the same one that used to overlook Wellfleet Harbor. They found Coast Guard documents that verified that it was moved, but nothing that said how.

Copper capers

Abe, Jesus stolen

• Lincolnway Central High School in New Lennox, Ill., used to have a giant replica of a penny in the school entrance. It was solid copper, measured more than 2 feet across and was a gift from the Class of 1957. But it's gone. Police suspect someone stole it to sell for scrap.

• Police also suspect scrap thieves are to blame for the disappearance of an 8-foot statue of Jesus that used to be attached to a cross at Detroit's Church of the Messiah. It was green, and sure looked like patina copper. But if the thieves try to sell it, there's going to be a problem. It was plaster.

Snails' pace

German highways slippery when slimy

Six cars went into a sliding crash on a German highway near Stuttgart when they came into contact with hundreds of migrating snails. The drivers found that hitting the snails had a tendency to make the road surprisingly slick. "Cars were crushing the snails and the slime was making the road so slippery that people started skidding all over the place," said one driver. "It was like something from a horror film." Particularly for the snails, probably. The road was closed for several hours while the live snails were moved, and the formerly live snails removed. So, why did hundred of snails attempt to cross the road? Environmentalists are sure it's global warming.

The safe is safe

Robbers lose, then take it personally

In a battle between a safe and some burglars in Des Moines, Iowa, the safe won. And, according to a note they let at the scene, the burglars are sore losers. "(Really bad word) you and your safe," the note said, according to the Des Moines Register. "Apparently, they were upset that they couldn't gain access to the safe," West Des Moines Police Lt. Jeff Miller said. A father and son were arrested in the burglary of the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, and face up to five years in prison. The water will be no hotter for them as a result of the note, though. "It wasn't directed at anyone in particular," Miller said. Well, except the safe, which can't press charges.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

For 83 years, fans just couldn't see this lighthouse 06/04/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 11:55pm]
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