papal medals misspell name of jesus christ
What would "Lesus" do? He would probably spell-check his work. The Vatican has reportedly withdrawn from sale around 6,000 copies of a new papal medal inscribed in error with the word "Lesus" instead of "Jesus." Four of the medals, which went on sale Tuesday, had already been sold. It has been suggested that because of the error these could become valuable. The medals were made by the Italian State Mint and should have carried the inscription: "Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum, et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi, 'Sequere me.' " This roughly translates as, "Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, 'follow me.' " Instead, someone named "Lesus" saw the tax collector. The correct phrase in Latin is one that inspired Pope Francis to become a priest.
Principal cancels class due to sun
A Georgia principal said he is crossing off an item on his preretirement to-do list by canceling classes due to beautiful weather. Len McWilliams, headmaster of the Calvary Christian School in Columbus, said he wanted to find a positive reason to cancel school before he retires at the end of the year, so he decided to call off classes Friday for pleasant weather. "In the late 1980s, I was calling school off one winter day because of the terrible weather," McWilliams said. "The thought occurred to me that it would be great to call school off some day because it was too beautiful a day to go to school."
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Cricket matches begin in China
Goaded with small sticks, the fighters went into battle, pushing and shoving until Red Tooth overpowered Black Foot to win the match and cheers from the crowd. In Beijing, autumn marks cricket fighting season, a traditional Chinese sport with more than 1,000 years of history. Similar to cockfighting but without the blood, the contests put two crickets into a ring the size of a shoebox to determine which is the more aggressive. The reputations of the owners are on the line and there is plenty of betting on the side. This year, more than 20 teams from across China competed in the two-day National Cricket Fighting Championships, putting forth their most prized contenders, which are named for their physical characteristics, as fans packed into a small, smoky hall to watch the matches broadcast on a screen.
Husband forgets bride at station
A German man taking a trip with his new bride drove about 125 miles before realizing he had left his wife behind at a gas station. Eileen Nowak, 33, said she got out of the van to use the restroom at a gas station near Kirchheim while on her honeymoon and her husband drove off without her, believing her to be sleeping in the back. Nowak said her husband drove for about 2 hours, making it 125 miles to Brunswick, before realizing she was not in the van.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.