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The Skinny: Maybe koala took lessons from Mr. Bill

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maybe koala got lessons from mr. bill

Australians can't stop talking about a certain koala bear. It seems this koala was struck by a car going about 60 mph and carried for seven miles with its head and arm wedged through the vehicle's grille. And the koala was not badly hurt. The bear, named "Ely 'Lucky' Grills" by rescuers, was struck by an unwitting motorist north of Brisbane and found only when the car stopped after being flagged down by another vehicle, Reuters reported Tuesday. "He was very flat and unresponsive for a couple of hours, but (after) a bit of TLC and some feed and some fluids — and a bit of pain relief because obviously he would have had a headache — he was up and eating and doing really well," Gail Gipp of the Australian Wildlife Hospital in Queensland state told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

red in the race

Firefighters rush, but where's fire?

Fighting fires isn't supposed to be like this, is it? When three Swedish firefighters raced to their fire truck, it wasn't because something was burning. The three men from Gavle, in central Sweden, had stopped by a local swimming pool for a dip. When they returned to the pool locker room, they discovered that someone had made off with their uniforms, their commander, Thomas Fahlstedt, said. "Everything was gone except for the underpants and the shoes," Fahlstedt said. "They had to drive back in the fire engine wearing only those." One of the firefighters, Posa Serenius, was quoted by the Expressen newspaper as saying, "People stared a bit." Police arrested a man with a bag of firefighters' gear.

a microwave, you say?

No need to call Sherlock Holmes

You might smell a rat in this incident. Debbie R. Miller, 41, of Appleton, Wis., claimed she found a rodent in her lunch April 17 as she ate at the upscale Seasons Restaurant in Grand Chute. She then threatened to alert the media unless the owners paid her $500,000, according to the criminal complaint. There were at least two problems. Insurance investigators determined the rodent was a white laboratory rat, and tests suggested it had been cooked in a microwave. The restaurant doesn't use microwaves in cooking. So Miller was charged Monday with one felony count of extortion. She also faces misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

showdown in russia

Czar vs. dictator for greatest ever

Choosing between a czar and a dictator is proving tough in Russia. Ninety years after he was executed, Czar Nicholas II is leading a tight race to be named the greatest Russian in history. As of Tuesday, he had received about 267,000 of the votes cast in an Internet poll, followed by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin with about 263,000. The contest is sponsored by Rossiya television and is a Russian version of the 2002 BBC show Great Britons, which was won by Winston Churchill.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The Skinny: Maybe koala took lessons from Mr. Bill 07/15/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 3:58pm]
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