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His handwritten Bible nearly done

Phillip Patterson

Phillip Patterson

His handwritten Bible nearly done

Phillip Patterson of Philmont, N.Y., has nearly finished handwriting the King James version of the Bible after four years. Patterson, 63, is a retired interior designer. He said one day his longtime companion, Mohammad, mentioned that Islam has a tradition of writing out the Koran. Patterson replied that the Bible was too long. Mohammad said, well then, Patterson should do it. "I hadn't counted on the fact that it would end up being beautiful," Patterson said. "Or that it would be so exhilarating. And so long." Patterson began in 2009. He will finish up the final lines of the Book of Revelation during a ceremony at his church, St. Peter's Presbyterian, on Saturday.

New warnings on tanning beds

Indoor tanning beds would come with new warnings about the risk of cancer and be subject to more stringent federal oversight under a proposal presented Monday by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA also says the devices should not be used by people under age 18. The agency wants that warning on pamphlets, catalogues and websites that promote indoor tanning. And regulators are also proposing that manufacturers meet certain safety and design requirements, including timers and limits on radiation emitted. The government action is aimed at curbing cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, which have been on the rise for about 30 years. An estimated 2.3 million U.S. teenagers tan indoors each year, and melanoma is the second most common form of cancer among young adults, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

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His handwritten Bible nearly done

05/06/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 11:31pm]
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