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Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM   |   Comments

Stolen pig statue recovered in Texas

TEMPLE, Texas, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Police in Temple, Texas, say they have recovered a bronze pig statue that was stolen from a town park.

The statue -- the smallest of three bronze pigs in Oak Creek Park -- disappeared Jan. 22, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Police investigators found the pig Wednesday, but did not give out details about the discovery.

"I can tell you we located it over in Belton," Cpl. Christopher M. Wilcox said, adding that's about all he could share as the investigation is ongoing.

The statue will be put back in the park after a criminal investigation is completed.


Ohio lawmakers considering Superman plates

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The Ohio House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow drivers to have Superman-themed license plates, officials said.

The bill was introduced to the House Wednesday and is awaiting committee assignment, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

State Rep. Bill Patmon said he wants the Superman plates to be available in 2013, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Superman in comic books.

The plates will feature the Superman insignia and the slogan "Truth, Justice & the American Way," and will honor Clevelanders Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who created Superman in Glenville during the Great Depression.

Michael Olszewski, president of the Siegel and Shuster Society, said he couldn't wait for the day the plates will be available.

"The enthusiastic response to the proposed license plates was overwhelming," he said. "We had people lining up to sign the state petitions. We expect to see thousands of the S-Shield plates on the road ... maybe tens of thousands."

Patmon said he does not expect the bill to face opposition in the House, and that it must pass the Senate and be signed by the governor before the plates will be available.

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Lucky man wins lottery twice in 4 months

ROCK HILL, S.C., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A man from Rock Hill, S.C., says he won two $200,000 lotteries in the past four months.

The man, whose name was not released, hit both jackpots while playing the same instant game -- the $10 The Color of Money game -- with tickets purchased from retailers that were less than a mile apart, the (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald reported.

His first win came in September and his second was earlier this week.

"This is so weird," the winner said.

"He just has a good energy around him," his wife said. "He's always been lucky, because he married me."


Little Mermaid to glow green for St. Paddy

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- An Irish woman living in Denmark said the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen will be lit up green for St. Patrick's Day.

Siobhan Kelleher, organizer of Denmark's annual St. Patrick's Day Three-Legged Charity Race, said the bronze statue of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid will be bathed in green light during a ceremony the day before the March 17 holiday.

"We are honored to arrange such a special event and absolutely delighted the Little Mermaid can be part of this Greening campaign. Who better to raise Ireland's tourism profile than us-- the Irish Diaspora," Kelleher said.

The Little Mermaid will join landmarks around the world including the Sydney Opera House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Dubai's Burj al Arab, New York's Empire State Building and the London Eye in being illuminated green for the holiday.

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