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WOMAN MARRIES DOLPHIN
(Israel, AP) - Sharon Tendler met Cindy 15 years ago. She said it was love at first sight. She recently took the plunge and proposed. The lucky "guy" plunged right back. In a modest ceremony at Dolphin Reef in the southern Israeli port of Eilat, Tendler, a 41-year-old British citizen, apparently became the world's first person to "marry" a dolphin. Dressed in a white dress, a veil and pink flowers in her hair, Tendler got down on one knee on the dock and gave Cindy a kiss. And a piece of herring. "It's not a perverted thing. I do love this dolphin. He's the love of my life," she said upon her return to London. Tendler, who said she imports clothes and promotes rock bands in England, has visited Israel several times a year since first meeting the dolphin. When asked in the past if she had a boyfriend, she would always reply, "No. I'm going to end up with Cindy." While she acknowledged the "wedding" had no legal bearing, she did say it reflected her deep feelings toward the bottlenosed, 35-year-old object of her affection. "It's not a bad thing. It just something that we did because I love him, but not in the way that you love a man. It's just a pure love that I have for this animal," she said. While she still kept open the option of "marrying human" at some stage, she said for now she was strictly a "one-dolphin woman." She's hardly the jealous type, though. "He will still play with all the other girls there," she said, of their prenuptial agreement. "I hope he has a lot of baby dolphins with the other dolphins. The more dolphins the better."

NO NURSING WITH DISTRACTING BREASTS AT YMCA POOL
(Michigan) - Lifeguards find bare breasts distracting. That's one of the reasons officials at the Ann Arbor, Michigan YMCA said they've banned breast-feeding at the pool. But nursing moms counter that's no excuse. The breast-feeding mothers plan a nurse-in at the Y to protest the ban. However, Krista Dragun, one of the protest organizers, said they'll be nursing their babies in the lobby, not the pool area. She said they want the Y to adopt a more mother-baby friendly policy for the pool. Y officials note there's no eating or drinking allowed at the pool for anyone and nursing can be distracting for lifeguards. But they add mothers are welcome to nurse their babies in other areas of the facility.

A REALLY, REALLY NO-FRILLS RIDE
(China, Reuters) - Migrant workers in south China are wearing adult diapers on packed trains heading home for the Lunar New Year holiday because they have no access to a toilet, state media said. About 120 million peasants from China's vast rural areas swarm the cities for work and all try to make it home for the holiday, filling all standing room on trains and making access to the toilet impossible during trips often lasting 24 hours or more. "During the peak travel period last year, some passengers even became deranged on their journeys because of the conditions and jumped out of the carriages," the China Daily said. The Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday in the Chinese-speaking world and family reunions prompt arguably the biggest movement of humanity on Earth. Many supermarkets in southern Foshan had reported a 50 percent increase in sales of adult diapers for the train trips, the China Daily said in what some local commentators called the "shame of the nation."

RANDY BRITS CAUSE $600 MILLION IN SEX DAMAGE A YEAR
(England) - A third of couples in Great Britain broke something during sex last year, and one in 10 made insurance claims after trashing lamps, vases and beds, even pulling down curtains. Forty-one per cent have suffered carpet burns, a third pulled their backs and 12 per cent twisted ankles or wrists. Saucy couples in the South East were the most accident prone, while Yorkshire lovers put in the most claims for damage. Adult store chain Ann Summers commissioned the poll of 2,000 people.

DAUGHTER SHUT AWAY FOR THREE DECADES IN BATHROOM
(Italy) - A 73-year-old woman is being investigated for "kidnapping and maltreating a family member" after allegedly keeping her mentally disturbed daughter locked in a darkened bathroom for 30 years. Police said that Annina Gentilezza kept her daughter, Giuseppina, now 52, a prisoner in the top-floor council flat at Pescara, on the Adriatic coast. They raided the flat after being tipped off by Signora Gentilezza's daughter-in-law. They found Giuseppina curled in a ball in a tiled room measuring seven foot by nine foot containing a lavatory, bidet, sink and washing machine. Police said that instead of being washed Giuseppina was "hosed down" on the balcony. Psychiatrists at a local hospital where Giuseppina has been taken said that she was beginning to talk. "She doesn't want to go back home," a hospital spokesman said.

BLIND WOMAN RECOVERS SIGHT AFTER HEART ATTACK
(England, AFP) - A 74-year-old woman who had been blind for 25 years awoke in a British hospital after suffering a heart attack and could see again. The Daily Telegraph newspaper reports she told her husband, "You've got older." Doctors were at a loss to explain how Joyce Urch, who lived in a world of shadows and near darkness since 1979, had recovered her sight after the heart attack 16 months ago. Urch, who was treated at Walgrave Hospital in Coventry, where doctors spent three days battling to save her life, called it a "miracle."

VAMPIRE SEEKS MINNESOTA GOVERNOR'S JOB
(Minnesota, Reuters) - Minnesota voters, who eight years ago elected a former professional wrestler as their governor, may find a self-proclaimed vampire on the ballot for the office this year. "Politics is a cutthroat business," said Jonathan "The Impaler" Sharkey, who said he plans to announce his bid for governor on the ticket of the Vampyres, Witches and Pagans Party. Like Jesse "The Body" Ventura, who was elected governor as an independent in 1998, the 41-year-old Sharkey once was a wrestler, although he spent his time "The Unholiest of Kings: Tarantula" on obscure professional circuits. "I'm a Satanist who doesn't hate Jesus," Sharkey told Reuters. "I just hate God the Father." However, he claims to respect all religions and if elected, will post "everything from the Ten Commandments to the Wicca Reed" in government buildings. Sharkey also pledged to execute convicted murders and child molesters personally by impaling them on a wooden pole outside the state capitol. Sharkey told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he's a vampire "just like you see in the movies and TV." "I sink my fangs into the neck of my donor and drink their blood," he said, adding that his donor is his wife, Julie.

WOUNDED MAN TRIES TO REMOVE BULLET HIMSELF
A 24-year-old man reported to police that he heard gunshots, realized he had been shot in the chest, then tried to remove the bullet with the pointy end of a meat thermometer. The man was in good condition at a hospital. The man said he heard three gunshots, walked out to look around, then realized that he had been wounded in the upper chest, police Sgt. Steve Hiser said. After trying to remove the bullet himself, the man walked to Via Christi Regional Medical Center where he was listed in serious condition and was admitted for observation.

MEXICO SCHOOL VANDAL PHOTOCOPIES FACE FOR COPS
(Mexico, Reuters) - Vandals who broke into and wrecked a northern Mexican primary school were thoughtful enough to leave the photocopied mug shot of one of their gang at the scene of the crime. Mexican television showed a black-and-white print of the squashed, chubby face and hands of a young boy. The photocopy was made at the school in the northern city of Monterrey and left among smashed chairs and torn books. Headmistress Maria del Rosario Gomez told Televisa news it was the third time the school had been vandalized, and said some of her own pupils were likely to blame.

CARRY A CONDOM, COLOMBIAN TOWN TELLS MEN
(Colombia, Reuters) - A western Colombian town has angered the influential Catholic Church with a novel scheme to cut AIDS infections, threatening males over age 14 with fines if they fail to carry a condom. Young men in the community, most of whom start having sex at about age 15, according to a poll, should carry condoms just as they have to carry identification cards, Tulua town councilman William Pena told El Tiempo newspaper. Those who fail to show a condom would have to pay a small fine or take a three-hour course in AIDS prevention in Tulua, where 14 people died of sexually transmitted diseases last year. "This is a country with a lot of sexual activity and Tulua is no exception," Pena told El Tiempo. "This measure would not oblige anyone to have sex, only to protect themselves." Father Jesus Velasquez of the local Catholic church said he wouldn't let the measure pass without a fight, comparing it to "selling guns in the streets." "What is required is education and respect for moral and Christian values," he said.

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