Now that’s a diamond in the rough

A public works crew in Olympia made a 98-year-old resident a very happy woman this week when they found the 1.6-carat wedding ring she had accidentally flushed down the toilet (

The workers probably found a lot of other things, too, but we doubt they were things anyone wants back.

Simon Cowell’s words have come back to haunt him. “American Idol” producers have donated $1,500 to the Milwaukee County Zoo to name its bush baby after the acid-tongued judge, who told an “Idol” contestant he resembled one of the primates (

The tiny animal is the only one at the zoo. We figure this is for the best, because if the bush baby is anything like its namesake, it would spend most of its time terrorizing its cagemates with comments about how even a snake couldn’t squeeze a good note out of them.

New high-speed trains whizzed from Germany to Paris on Friday, triumphantly arriving 35 minutes late ( Officials would not explain the delay, but rumor has it they plan to avoid future tardiness by having the trains slow down just enough to let people fling their luggage aboard and leap on behind it.

— Katie Mayer, Herald staff

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