Stolen Book of Mormon 1st edition returned
MESA, Ariz., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- An Arizona bookstore owner said she was relieved when police returned the first-edition Book of Mormon that a friend of hers had stolen.
Helen Schlie, 89, owner of the Helen Spencer Schlie Gallery in Mesa, said the book, one of only about 200 surviving first-editions from 1830, had been in her family for 40 years when it was taken last year by Jay Michael Linford, 49, The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.
U.S. marshals arrested Linford in Virginia June 11 and the book was recovered. Some of the pages had been sold to Texas dealer Reid Moon, and they were also recovered.
Linford pleaded guilty to theft Jan. 10 and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 12.
The book is estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Amorous students recorded at safe sex ball
EXETER, England, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Student leaders at a British university said they are investigating after footage appeared online of a couple having intercourse during a safe sex ball.
The University of Exeter's students' guild said it is investigating the leaking of closed circuit television footage of the couple having sex at the charity event, which took place just before Christmas, the London tabloid Mirror reported Wednesday.
"The students' guild recognizes that confidential CCTV footage has been filmed without our permission," the students union said in a statement. "The guild is making sure the affected parties will be supported during this difficult time. Measures were in place to provide high levels of security, but we are aware that irresponsible behavior has taken place and we are working hard to rectify the situation. A full investigation is under way in which action proportionate to the seriousness of the situation will be taken."
There was no word on whether the recorded couple were practicing safe sex.
Change in Scrabble points proposed
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A reformulation in the values of Scrabble tiles has caused controversy among the game's adherents, an enthusiast said.
After looking at a system for changing the numerical values of some letters used in the game, developed by Joshua Lewis, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Diego, John Chew, co-president of the North American Scrabble Association, says it is "a good case for how the game could be improved, but he's got a few flaws in his reasoning. He doesn't understand what it is about the game that makes it popular."
It takes the luck out of the game, Chew added.
Lewis' method, developed with the aid of a computer, recalculates letters' values based on the letter's frequency of use in common English, its frequency by word length and the ease of transitioning in and out of the letter when in a word on the Scrabble board, ABC News said Wednesday.
Thus does the value of a "Z" go from 10 points to six, an "X" from eight to five and a "V" from four to five.
"I updated the statistical analysis to reflect changes that have happened in the words for Scrabble," Lewis said, adding he published the new formula on his blog and received 10,000 responses in the first few days.
Man reels in 3-pound goldfish
DETROIT, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Detroit man said he caught a goldfish weighing more than 3 pounds while ice fishing for perch.
Mike Martin said he has been ice fishing on Lake St. Clair for 20 years, but Friday marked the first time he had ever reeled in a giant goldfish, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported Wednesday.
"We see them all the time but, to actually catch them is rare," Martin said. "Everybody wants to just dump them off their seawall and let them be free and this is what they turn into."
The goldfish weighs more than 3 pounds and measures nearly 15 inches long.
"I didn't know what to do with it, what do you do with a goldfish?" he said.
Martin said his father recommended he take the fish home. He said the state Department of Natural Resources has not yet gotten back to him about a state record.
"This will probably be the only one I ever catch so he's going to go on the wall," Martin said.