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The skinny: Day of romance goes awry but ends safely

'It's unforgettable'

Day of romance goes awry but ends safely

A romantic ride in a hot air balloon turned into a rescue operation, with lifeguards and surfers saving three people after the basket dipped into the ocean off a Southern California beach. A man was proposing to his girlfriend during their sunset ride Sunday when the balloon drifted off course and hovered over the water near Cardiff-by-the-Sea, KNSD-TV reported. A crowd of people watched as the balloon drifted toward the beach in San Diego county and skimmed the water. Eric Barretto said he and his fiancee threw a rope to the water below and several surfers pulled the balloon back to shore. "It's unforgettable. That's all I can say," he told the station. "I don't know if we'll do it again."

A problem with Latin

Library's motto not what was intended

The Latin motto engraved on the wall of a new library in southern New Jersey got lost in translation. Officials had thought the phrase "Nos Secundus Coniecto Omnia" meant "We confirm all things twice." But it actually means "We second-guess all." Moores­town architect Rick Ragan told the Burlington County Times that he learned of the error from residents who translated it online. He said he'll pay a stone cutter to change the phrase to "We encourage all." He'll also have the Roman numerals fixed to reflect the right year.

Compiled from wire services

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