ATHENS, Ala. (AP) _ Julia, a 450-pound pet pig, has been banished from her downtown Athens home but the veterinarian who raised her says all's well that ends well - Julia has found romance.

Veterinarian Bruce Young, who lost a bid in Limestone County Circuit Court on Monday to keep Julia in a pen in his back yard, said his pet won't be lonely in her new home outside city limits. She'll be living with a pig named Romeo.

Young, 44, found Julia, then 20 pounds and 8 weeks old, wandering along a road one stormy night in February. He named her after a former girlfriend.

A city ordinance bans hog-raising within city limits. Young contended Julia was a pet, not livestock, but lost a court fight.

Julia's fans will be able to watch her go out in style in the Athens Christmas Parade on Thursday.

''I just hope Julia won't upstage Santa Claus - she's about the same size,'' said parade Chairwoman Debbie Lessor.


PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Some adjustments had to be made when 9-year-old Ben Williamson entered Pensacola High School's International Baccalaureate honors program after skipping four elementary grades.

His books were too heavy for the 4-foot, 6-inch freshman to carry by himself, so the school issued him a second set to keep at home.

Ben is allowed to eat lunch in the honors program office because he is afraid of some of his larger schoolmates and prefers playing checkers there with another student or chess with a retired math professor.

Although not totally comfortable either with children his own age or teen- agers, Ben prefers the company of other high school students.

''I feel more alien when I'm with my age group,'' he said. ''We don't think about the same things. Transformers and Gobots bore me.''

Although a fight against boredom propelled Ben from kindergarten to ninth grade in four years, he is still very much a child, said Donna Dunson, coordinator of the honors program.

''We were reading 'Lord of the Flies' together last year and discussing its parallels to Russian history when all of a sudden his tongue's out touching his nose, and he says, 'Can you do this?' '' she recalled.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Waitress Tami Wolf often receives Indiana Lottery tickets as tips, but it was never a big deal until a week ago.

A customer dropped a ticket into the tips jar at the tavern where she works and Ms. Wolf, 27, took a minute and scratched off the ticket to see if she won anything.

''Either I'm crazy or I just won $10,000,'' Ms. Wolf told the people at the bar on Nov. 30.

''It was instant shock,'' she said. ''I was bouncing off the walls the rest of the night.''

''People would tell me what they wanted to drink and by the time I walked over to get it I had forgotten what they wanted,'' she said. ''I must have looked at the ticket 500 times. I was ready to sit on the other side of the bar and have a few.''

The customer who gave her the ticket took it well when Ms. Wolf called him over from his pool game to show him the ticket. ''His eyes got big and he just smiled and said he was glad I got it,'' she said.

Ms. Wolf plans to pay off her bills, buy Christmas presents, save some and buy a few things for herself.

''And I've been dreaming about a Nintendo,'' she said.