Couples say marriage classes no honeymoon

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 June, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 June, 1998, 12:00am

Florida lawmakers are seeking to pass a bill that would require couples to take a class on wedlock before tying the knot.

If the bill is approved, Florida would become the first state in the United States to make prenuptial tutoring the law of the land.

The measure aims to reduce the number of divorces, but opponents say it smacks of state intrusion into individual privacy.

At the heart of some of northern California's prime real estate, one town has been carrying a burden; Saratoga has been labelled 'scum'.

In a proclamation to stamp out the 100-year stigma, the city council declared the Indian Mohawk word saratoga by no means translated as 'floating scum on the water'.

After thorough research it announced to 33,000 relieved residents the proper translation was 'Hillside Country of the Great River, Place of the Swift Water'.

Polish thieves have taken a 15-tonne historical steel bridge to sell for scrap, and police are treating catching them as a matter of prestige.

'A passerby saw them taking it, but thought someone was repairing it,' the local police chief said, adding his force had good leads and would be cracking the case shortly.

'Sometimes the police have prestige cases and absolutely have to solve them. That's what we are going to do.' A retired electrician who received a record US$104.3million (HK$807 million) lottery prize, says he would keep his part-time job cutting grass at a golf course.

Frank Capaci, 67, from Illinois, said he would contribute to charities.

'It really hasn't sunk in,' Mr Capaci said.

He also planned to buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for himself and a Lincoln Continental car for his wife, and to set up trust funds for his three sons - with the proviso they continue working.