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PRESIDENTIAL-ROACH-RACE:This presidential race was no contest: John McCain sped to the finish while Barack Obama was reluctant to leave the starting point.


But there’s no guarantee giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches will predict the real result in November.

The roach race was part of the New Jersey Pest Management Association’s annual clinic and trade show.

Association Executive Director Leonard Douglen says the 2000 roach race came close. The Gore roach won by an antenna. –– AP.

DOUBLE-JACKPOT: A woman and her accountant husband who claims he’s developed a formula for lottery picks have each claimed US$350 000 jackpots — twice.

Verlyn and Judith Adamson claimed two $350 000 jackpots on Monday because each held a winning ticket in the state SuperCash drawing last Saturday. They didn’t mention at the time that they also held two more of the winning tickets.

They claimed those jackpots. All four were purchased at different locations, but with the same numbers and for the same drawing. Their winnings now amount to about $955 000 after taxes.

Verlyn Adamson said earlier in the week that he’s a big fan of math puzzles.

He claims he developed a formula for lottery picks, but his winnings have been small until now.

Thompson said the Adamsons are “exploring patent protection” for the equation.

But Steven Post, a maths professor at Edgewood College in Madison, wasn’t buying it. He said there is no way to devise a strategy for finding the winning numbers in a game that uses randomly generated numbers to determine the winning combination.

The only strategy would be to “buy all the tickets”, he said. –– AP.

HOLY-PAGEANT: An Italian priest and theologian said Sunday he is organising an online beauty pageant for nuns to give them more visibility within the Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour.

The Miss Sister 2008 contest will start in September on a blog run by the Rev Antonio Rungi and will give nuns from around the world a chance to showcase their work and their image.

“Nuns are a bit excluded, they are a bit marginalised in ecclesiastical life,” Rungi said after Italian media carried reports of the idea. “This will be an occasion to make their contribution more visible”.

Rungi, a theologian and schoolteacher from the Naples area, said that visitors to his site will have a month to “vote for the nun they consider a model”.

Nuns will fill out a profile including information about their life and vocation as well as a photograph. It will be up to them to choose whether to pose with the traditional veil or with their heads uncovered.

The contest drew criticism from the association of Catholic teachers. –– AP.

BOOK-CONVICT: A woman has been arrested and booked for failing to pay her library fines.

Twenty-year-old Heidi Dalibor said that she ignored the library’s calls and letters as well as a notice to appear in court.

Still, she was surprised when officers with a warrant knocked on her door, cuffed her and took her to the police station to be fingerprinted and photographed. Police Captain Joe Gabrish says officers follow the same procedure with every warrant.Library director John Hanson says a couple of dozen people are cited each year for failure to return materials or pay fines.

The incident cost Dalibor about US$30 for the two overdue paperbacks. It cost her mother $172 to free her. –– AP.


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