80-year-old man still delivering mail
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- An 80-year-old Michigan mailman says he won't give up his job with the United States Postal Service because without it, life "gets boring."
Richard Dawson has been delivering mail in Lansing for 56 years and has been on the same route for the last 30 years, the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal reported Sunday.
Although he admits that he has considered retiring before, he said he doesn't plan on doing so any time soon.
"I have to have something to do," Dawson said. "There's times I would like to quit. But, when I have a week off and don't have anything else planned, it gets boring."
Dawson said he even has about two years of unused sick time built up.
"He would much rather be here than anywhere," his delivery supervisor Guy Kaltner said. "It means the world to him -- getting people their mail."
9-year-old grows 3-foot-wide cabbage
TINLEY PARK, Ill., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A third-grader from Illinois won $1,000 for growing a 3-foot-wide head of cabbage over the summer, officials said.
Along with third-graders from all over the country last spring, Jenna Wiltjer, 9, planted a 6-inch cabbage sprout she received from her teacher at Rogus Elementary School, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Jenna's family harvested the cabbage, which weighed more than 20 pounds, and made coleslaw out of it.
Unfortunately, the slaw was "yucky," Jenna recalled.
"It was very, very bitter," she said. "I think it got too big."
However, earlier this month, Jenna learned her efforts had won her a $1,000 savings bond from vegetable producer Bonnie Plants, which selected her the Illinois winner of a national cabbage-growing contest.
Jenna's cabbage was chosen as having the best combination of size and appearance among nearly 20,000 entries from third-graders statewide, contest organizers said.
Jenna said she plans to retire from competitive cabbage growing, and would like to plant watermelons this spring.
"She's not much of a cabbage-eater," her dad said.
Misspelled words on Okla. Ten Commandments
OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The new, 2,000-pound Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma state capitol has hundreds of words on it -- two of which were misspelled, observers say.
The misspelled words on the huge granite block were "sabbath," which came out "sabbeth," and "maidservant," which ended up "maidseruent," The Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported Saturday.
Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze, who sponsored the original bill to put up the monument, said Oklahoma is playing catchup with Texas, which already has a Ten Commandments marker in Austin.
"We in Oklahoma are very competitive with you all," Ritze said. "We wanted to keep up with our neighbor Texans."
Ritze's family donated $10,000 for the monument, while private donations covered another $10,000 to install it.
Activists say the money spent on the monument could have gone to fund other projects.
"We think it's unfortunate that legislators would spend time, money and energy to put a monument up at the seat of government that divides Oklahomans along deeply held personal beliefs," said Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma.
14-pound, 6.4-ounce boy born in Missouri
BOONE, Mo., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A Missouri mother said she was shocked after she gave birth to a 14-pound, 6.4-ounce baby boy.
Colten Levi Swanigan was born Nov. 18 at Boone Hospital Center to Donny Swanigan and Roxanne Giordano, The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune reported.
The couple said they knew Colten was going to be large when Roxanne was taken for an emergency cesarean section, but they weren't prepared when doctors told them Colten weighed 14 pounds, 6.4 ounces.
"I was in shock," Giordano said Saturday.
"I am still in shock," Swanigan said.
"It is more weight than I am supposed to lift right now," Giordano added.
Doctors at the hospital said it could not confirm whether Colten was the biggest baby born at the hospital or not, but he was definitely the biggest in recent memory.
"While we don't have records available that would show this is the largest baby ever born at Boone Hospital Center, our caregivers in the Boone Family Birthplace could not remember any babies that weighed more," said Jacob Luecke, spokesman for the hospital. "So, anecdotally, this child is our largest in recent memory."