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Boy, 6, cracks open robbery case

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy helped crack open a nearly decade-old robbery case when he reeled in a locked safe from the bottom of a South Carolina lake.

Knox Brewer of Johns Island took up “magnet fishing” and began hunting for metal objects underwater as a way to pass time during the coronavirus pandemic.

The boy was out with his family at Whitney Lake this month when the magnet attached to his line stuck to something heavy in the mud below. With the help of a bystander, Knox pulled in and pried open what turned out to be a waterlogged lockbox containing debris-covered jewelry and credit cards, as well as a checkbook.

Authorities determined the sunken safe belonged to a woman who lived across the street from the lake. She said it had been stolen from her home eight years ago.

Mayor: Women can’t lead prayer

WYLIE, Texas (AP) — The mayor of a Dallas suburb told a fellow City Council member in an email that women shouldn’t be allowed to lead prayer at public meetings because he believes it goes against teachings in the Bible.

Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue quoted two New Testament scriptures in the email sent to City Council member Jeff Forrester in which he suggested that the council instead select young men to give the invocation at the next meeting on May 26.

Hogue’s email surfaced on the Facebook page of the mayor’s church in addition to a page devoted to local politics in Wylie, which has a population of about 50,000. Hogue on Wednesday confirmed the email’s authenticity to WFAA-TV.

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