Okinawa, which has no White Castle, can wait
Staff Sgt. Aaron Kay was really excited to learn they were going to open a White Castle hamburger joint near his home in Howell, Mich. He practically lived on the company's signature Slyders when he was a teen, but hadn't had one in 14 years. The good news: It was set to open Wednesday. The bad news: Kay was to return to Air Force duty and ship off to Japan ... on Tuesday. After explaining the situation to his superiors, it was agreed that the best thing that Kay could do for his country was delay his reporting date by a week. So he was in line Tuesday and among the first to get in Wednesday, and started off with about a dozen. "They were everything I remembered," he told the Detroit News.
For display only
It's what they do, and they're proud
A health center in Zheleznovodsk, Russia, is claiming to be the first to commission a monument to enemas. So far, no one is arguing that they're wrong. It is an 800-pound bronze syringe carried on the backs of three angels. The procedure is carried out hundreds of times a day at Mashuk Akva-Term Sanatorium, so that seemed to be the thing to honor. "It was decided to create such a unique monument, which is both funny and vital," said Alexander Kharchenko, director of the medical center.
A big stink
Skunks take over
• An American Airlines flight from Miami to Bogota, Colombia, was delayed Wednesday when workers found a skunk in the cargo hold. It wasn't immediately clear how they found the animal, but airline spokesman Tim Wagner theorized for the Miami Herald. "I think they smelled it." Wagner said that it's not unusual to find animals living in planes. And they never pay fees for their baggage.
• The McCulloughs of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, have spent the past month living in a rental house since skunks took over their house. There were only four skunks, and they stayed under the floors, but they made themselves hard to live with when they started spraying when the family dogs barked at them, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The skunks were moved long ago, but floor repairs are taking longer than hoped. "I've cried a few times. Inside, I'm having a nervous breakdown," Karen McCullough said.
Candidate dies, but voters still like him
In this season of calls for political change, the Romanian town of Voinesti clearly was not interested in change. By a margin of 23 votes, Neculai Ivascu, who had run the village since 1990, was re-elected mayor. Despite the fact that he died just after voting started. "I know he died," one voter told Romanian TV, "but I don't want change." Election authorities awarded the office to the runner-up, but members of Ivascu's party are demanding a new election.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.