Destination in death
Guide lists the best places for ceme-tourists
A pet cemetery outside New York City is listed among the top 10 places to go if you have died. And presumably, if you are a pet. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2009 includes the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in White Plains, N.Y., among the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Egypt as some of the best final resting places. About 70,000 animals are buried in the 112-year-old facility, not to mention a number of humans. A spokesman for the cemetery said that it is "delighted to be in such esteemed company."
Can you spare any available balance?
Told one too many times that passers-by aren't carrying any change, the Salvation Army is testing a new program in which the seasonal bell-ringers will accept debit and credit cards. Five of the machines will be tested this season in Colorado, and so far they have gotten mixed reviews.
Montana trooper gets 2-for-1 special
A Montana state trooper pulled over a man suspected of drunken driving on Wednesday afternoon. While the man was in the process of spectacularly failing his field sobriety test, his passenger thought it would be a good idea to slide behind the wheel and drive off. It was not. The trooper yelled at driver to stop, and busted him, too.
Man caught with another avatar
Amy Taylor of London has decided to end her three-year marriage with David Pollard. Turns out, she virtually caught him cheating on her. Seems that both play Second Life, an alter-ego online game. And twice she has walked in to see him on the computer, with his avatar breaking vows with an onscreen paramour. The first time was with an virtual prostitute, and he was caught by a virtual private eye. But when Taylor walked in on Pollard and his cyber-liaison, that was it. She went to a lawyer, who told her she was her second Second Life divorce that week. Taylor and Pollard met in 2003. In an Internet chatroom.
In-laws grounds for quick divorce
Media outlets in Italy report that Luca Rossi has been granted a divorce after four months of marriage. Rossi claimed that his mother in law never stopped nagging him for the 16 weeks of wedlock. "I'd never believed stories and jokes about mothers-in-law but my marriage was hell and it was all her fault," he said. Rossi said he would consider marriage again, but only if he did not have to deal with a mother-in-law. "Next time I'm hoping to find a girl who's an orphan," he said.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.