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Threats cancel graduation ceremony

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Threatening letters and an apparent homemade firebomb on campus led the University of California at Riverside to cancel final exams and a graduation ceremony Friday, officials said.

Two handwritten, threatening letters were sent to the school that afternoon, campus Police Chief Mike Lane said.

School officials scrapped the ceremony after groundskeepers found two plastic bottles that contained what investigators think was flammable liquid near a burning palm tree at 5:25 a.m., Chief Lane said.

Another suspicious device was found in a nearby planter three hours later, he said.

Pearls found in sunken wreckage

KEY WEST, Fla. — Salvagers discovered thousands of pearls Friday in a small, lead box they said they found while searching for the wreckage of the 17th-century Spanish galleon Santa Margarita.

Divers from Blue Water Ventures of Key West said they found the sealed box, measuring 3½ inches by 5½ inches, along with a gold bar, eight gold chains and hundreds of other artifacts last week.

They apparently were buried beneath the ocean floor in about 18 feet of water about 40 miles west of Key West.

The pearls will be conserved, documented and photographed in an archaeological laboratory above the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West.

Teen sits in all of stadium’s seats

YORK, Pa. — A high school student warmed all 5,200 seats in a new minor league baseball stadium before its inaugural game.

It took Todd McCormick, 17, about three hours Friday to sit in each seat of Sovereign Bank Stadium, the new home of the York Revolution. That’s about 29 seats per minute.

Todd, of Springfield Township, started at 11:50 a.m. in Row N in right field. He finished about 3 p.m., two hours before gates opened for the game against the Newark Bears.

“It’ll hurt in the morning, but right now I don’t feel anything,” Todd said. “The Revolution said this would serve two purposes: It’ll bring luck and I’ll get to check all of the chairs.”

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