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.
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."
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.