Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The skinny

The skinny: Polish city is raising world's tallest Jesus statue

n  mae sot, thailand 2-person ferry A man transports a passenger on a tube across the Moei River from Myanmar, which is again attempting democratic elections Sunday, 20 years after a landslide opposition victory was annulled by the military-run government.

Associated Press

n mae sot, thailand 2-person ferry A man transports a passenger on a tube across the Moei River from Myanmar, which is again attempting democratic elections Sunday, 20 years after a landslide opposition victory was annulled by the military-run government.

Building faith

Polish city to raise biggest Jesus statue

Step aside, Brazil. A small Poland is building a bigger Jesus. The statue in Swiebodzin, western Poland, will be a couple of yards higher than the iconic Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro. Heavy winds Friday prevented cranes from lifting the torso, arms and head onto the lower half of the robed white figure, so workers planned to try again today. Polish media said the project cost 4 million zlotys — that's $1.45 million. Swiebodzin residents are thrilled at the thought of more pilgrims —and new business — coming to their town, but many Poles say they are embarrassed and accuse the Rev. Sylwester Zawadzki, whose brainchild it is, of megalomania.

Good vs. evil

Sheriff's Office wants stash back

Anyone in Wyoming who finds a black box with white lettering that says "METH" needs to get in touch with the Teton County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Lloyd Funk says a deputy left the box on a bumper after a canine training exercise Oct. 27, then drove off in the vehicle. The box contains nearly an ounce of methamphetamine, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports. Sheriff Jim Whalen says anyone possessing the amount of meth that was lost would face a felony charge. And yes, his office plans to make sure the mistake isn't repeated.

Old branch helps in fighting crime

A study by the U.S. Forest Service found less crime occurs in neighborhoods with big trees, and more at homes with smaller trees. Researchers took crime data from police in Portland, Ore., and compared it with neighborhoods' tree coverage. Forester Geoffrey Donovan said large trees may indicate that a neighborhood is well cared for, making it more likely criminals will be caught, while small trees offer more hiding places. The study will appear in the journal Environment and Behavior.

Fighting fit

Guts and glory trip is sadly cut short

Two hefty lawmakers from Northern Ireland are missing a visit to troops in Afghanistan. Britain's defense ministry says the two have to wait until flak jackets big enough to fit their bellies are found. Ken Maginnis and David Simpson were to fly to Kabul this week, but army-issued body armor doesn't exceed 49 inches. A ministry spokesman said the British army offers "a wide range of sizes but, regrettably, none was suitable."

Update

A rare Honus Wagner baseball card that was bequeathed to the Baltimore-based School Sisters of Notre Dame sold at auction for $262,000 at Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries on Friday. After paying a buyer's commission, $220,000 will go to help the Catholic order's ministries in more than 30 countries.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Polish city is raising world's tallest Jesus statue 11/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Times Wires.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Wins record in reach for Phil Hayford after nearly four decades of coaching

    Footballpreps

    ST. PETERSBURG — Phil Hayford always wanted to be a football coach.

    Keswick Christian football coach Phil Hayford in the huddle during practice at the school in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2017. Hayford is one win shy of tying the Pinellas County record for overall wins. Hayford, 70, has an overall record of 194-143, which includes 33 years at Shorecrest and two at Keswick.
  2. Police: Woman shoots, kills teen who tried to carjack her in Clearwater

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A woman shot and killed an 18-year-old who tried to carjack her Monday night, police said.

  3. Rick and Tom podcast: Big sigh of relief for the Bucs

    Bucs

    The Bucs got good news on Jameis Winston's throwing shoulder as x-rays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a chance to play this weekend in Buffalo. In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom …

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws incomplete under pressure during Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Drug czar nominee Marino withdraws name amid report he weakened DEA

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the Pennsylvania congressman he chose to be the nation's drug czar is withdrawing from consideration for the job.

    U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., left, sponsored the law that weakened the DEA's enforcement abilities. Seen with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., in 2015, Marino is nominated to be the nation's drug czar. [Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg]
  5. Photo of the Day for October 17, 2017 - Urban possums

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Roger Kimble of Tampa, FL.