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Boy's bottled message found 125 miles away

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 16 (UPI) -- An Arizona boy who dropped a message in a bottle into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico said the bottle was found a year later by a science team.


Jack Johnson, 12, of Scottsdale, said he dropped the bottle containing a note with his name, phone number and address into the ocean near Puerto Vallarta in October 2008, The Arizona Republic reported.

Johnson said he received a letter in March from scientist Peter Schaaf, who explained he and his students discovered the bottle Jan. 30 while performing ecological mapping and sampling on the uninhabited Isla Maria Magdalena, about 125 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.

"The distance that the bottle traveled before getting to the island was so long," Jack said. "What are the odds of the bottle being washed up on a deserted island and still being found?"


The boy said he has been keeping in touch with Schaaf via e-mail.

Man allegedly made up beer theft story

GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested a man who lost his beer and called 911 with a fictitious story of his friends attacking and robbing him.

Gainesville police said friends asked Joseph Piser, 47, to leave late Saturday because he "became belligerent" and he was unable to find his beer after leaving, the Gainesville Sun reported.

Piser then called 911 and claimed his friends had attacked him and stolen his quart of Bud Ice beer, the arrest report states.

Police said 10 officers responded to the robbery report and became suspicious when he changed his story and had no injuries to support his claims of a physical attack.

Piser was arrested and charged with a third-degree felony count of misusing the 911 system and a first-degree misdemeanor count of knowingly making a false report. He was taken to the Alachua County jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Math teacher adds up 75 years in classroom

BALTIMORE, June 16 (UPI) -- A 93-year-old Maryland math teacher marking his 75th year at the head of the classroom says he is still teaching three classes a day and has no plans to quit.


Paul Miller said he first began teaching in 1934, after obtaining a degree in elementary education from "the cheapest school that I could find," and he has now been teaching for an estimated 27,000 school days, ABC News reported.

Miller eventually earned two graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins and Louisiana State University, often teaching college-level math courses alongside his workload at Ner Israel high school outside Baltimore, where he has taught for 51 years.

"The greatest thing is, you see the product of your work and you can take pride in it," Miller said of his profession.

Guinness World Records said the longest-ever serving teacher was Medarda de Jesus Leon de Uzcategui of Venezuela, who began teaching when she was 12 and continued for 96 years.

Teen helps deliver baby sister on birthday

ORLANDO, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- A Florida teen marked her 16th birthday by helping to deliver her baby sister in a van as she drove her mother to the hospital.

Kim Carrick of Orlando said she woke her daughter, Kaitlyn, on her birthday Monday and asked her for a ride to Winter Park Memorial Hospital because she felt her baby, due June 24, coming early, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported.


"I told her: 'Drive as fast as you can. If you get pulled over, I don't care,'" Kim Carrick said.

However, Carrick said the baby was coming too quickly, so Kaitlyn pulled over at a gas station and called 911 while the impatient infant made its way into the world.

Doctors said baby Kylee Elizabeth was born healthy at 6 pounds, 8 ounces.

"I didn't know what to feel: happy, excited and scared -- all at the same time," Kaitlyn said. "This was the best birthday ever."

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