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July 30, 2008 at 6:00 AM
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British man proposes with crop circle

MELTON MOWBRAY, England, July 29 (UPI) -- A Melton Mowbray, England, man said he proposed to his girlfriend by plowing his proposal into a cornfield and flying her overhead.

Robert Szabo, 27, said he plowed the words "Sarah Marry Me" inside of a giant circle in a cornfield and then had a pilot take him for a flight over the cornfield with his intended, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

"The pilot flew the plane past the field and pointed it out," Szabo said. "Sarah was overwhelmed, absolutely gob smacked. A few tears were shed but she said 'yes' straight away."

Szabo's now-fiancee, Sarah Garside, said: "It was the greatest day of my life -- the most romantic thing anyone has ever done. I had to read it a few times before it sunk in."


Same-sex couple gets $10,000 after outing

BURY ST. EDMUNDS, England, July 29 (UPI) -- A British same-sex couple said they have settled out of court with a real estate agency that outed them as lesbians on its Web site.

Suzanne Richards and Sarah Dobinson said they were shocked to see the word "lesbians" on the agency's Web site advertisement for their $1.2 million home, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

Jackson-Stops & Staff estate agency agreed to pay the couple $10,000 after they threatened to sue for emotional damages.

"We were both shaking with disbelief and in tears when we read the property reference. We felt so violated," Richards said. "Publicly linking our home address with our sexuality could have ruined our lives."


Family postcards arrive years late

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 29 (UPI) -- Postal officials in Alaska are trying to figure out why one family had different mailings of postcards delivered years late, 26 years in one case.

Two postcards mailed by Olga Jigliotti in Rome in 1982 addressed to her son, James, in Anchorage were delivered last month to the family's former home. Pam Wyrick, who lives in another house where the Jigliottis once lived, said she recently received postcards that James mailed to his parents from Atlanta in 1997 and 1998.

Darus Macy, manager of marketing for the U.S. Postal Service in Anchorage, believes that the Jigliottis did receive the postcards from Atlanta in a timely manner, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Her theory is that someone found them after Olga Jigliotti's death 16 months ago and decided to put them in the mail.

That does not explain why the postcards were not canceled in Anchorage. It also does not explain the 26-year delay in the postcards from Rome.

"We'll probably never really know what happened," she said.

James Jigliotti said that his mother was "a very spiritual person" so strange things have been happening.


Police: Man stole 32 deodorant products

COLLEGE HILL, Ohio, July 29 (UPI) -- Police said a hygiene-minded thief in College Hill, Ohio, was arrested after taking 32 deodorant products from a Walgreens store.

Martin Steve Johnson, 38, allegedly entered the drug store Monday and attempted to transfer 18 sticks of Degree deodorant, 10 sticks of Axe deodorant and five bottles of Axe body spray from his shopping basket to his blue book bag, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday.

A police report said officers caught up with Johnson behind a Chili's restaurant at about 5:30 p.m. and arrested him. He was charged with theft and scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday.

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