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(China Daily)
Updated: 2009-06-18 07:50

Teacher discovers new star with his observatory

A high school teacher in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, became the first person to locate an undiscovered star in the galaxy.

Gao Xing, senior teacher at the Urumqi No 1 high school, built his own observatory on a mountain outside the city in 2007. He found a new star in Sagittarius in the Galaxy's central part on Feb 26 at night with his partner Sun Guoyou. Gao reported his new discovery to the International Astronomical Union on May 29 and got the identification.

Gao's newly discovered star is entitled V5582 SGR II by IAU.

(Xinjiang Metropolis Daily)

Dad tries to steal female corpse for dead son

A man who tried to steal a female corpse to tie the knot with his dead son was arrested in Jingyang county, Shaanxi province.

Lu Yangzeng, a farmer in Hengshan county, paid a man to find the corpse after his 19-year-old son was killed in a traffic accident in 2008. In following a custom to offer marriage to a dead adult man during burial, Lu asked his friends to help him to get a female corpse for his dead son.

Then Lu got information about the corpse that went for the price of 38,000 yuan ($5,564). He said an 18-year-old girl died and they visited the girl's tomb to steal the corpse when police arrested them.

It's not customary to steal a corpse.

(Huashang Daily)

Man says wife's sulfuric acid attack in the past

A man in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, urged the court to lessen the prison term of his ex-wife who threw sulfuric acid on him.

She is serving a five-year sentence.

Gao married his wife Tan in 1999 and they were unhappy. In 2004, the couple went to a bar to discuss a divorce and custody of their daughter. However, Tan took out the acid and sprayed Gao's face after a quarrel. In 2006, police caught Tan and ordered her to pay Gao 196,000 yuan ($28,697) for his medical treatment.

After receiving the money from Tan's sister, Gao said he had forgiven Tan and asked the court for the lower prison term.

A local regulation in the province says that prisoners who pay the compensation may get their prison term decreased.

(Chuncheng Evening News)

Elderly man urges son's mistress to walk away

A 70-year-old man in Chongqing municipality tried to publish a notice in a local newspaper to urge his son's mistress to leave his son.

The man surnamed Kong said his son has been married for 18 years and lived a happy life in the past 15 years. However, in 2006 his son opened a freight business and left his wife without getting a divorce. He is living with a mistress.

"My daughter-in-law is a very good woman who looked after me and my grandson carefully, though she feels so sad that her husband lives with another woman. I want to help her to save the family," the old man said.

The man's sad tale was reported in the newspaper after he tried to take out an ad.

(Chongqing Times)

(China Daily 06/18/2009 page6)