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Two singles become a double at burger joint

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Two singles become a double at burger joint

Kurby and Krystal met while working at the White Castle in London, Ky. So when they decided to get married, Kurby had the idea of having the ceremony at the restaurant. "I was not for it all," Krystal told the Times-Tribune of Corbin. "I was for the traditional church-going wedding." But in the first of a series of marital compromises, Krystal decided to go along with it, and the couple was hitched on Saturday morning in front of family, friends and co-workers. There was a cake shaped like the iconic burger. There was a buffet of burgers and fries. And it was without any sense of irony that at the end of the ceremony, the couple was announced as Mr. and Mrs. ... McDonald.

No time to die

Surgeon shrugs off his heart attack

There are tough guys, then there is Dr. Claudio Vitale. Vitale, a neurosurgeon in Naples, Italy, was in the middle of brain surgery on a patient when something verrrrry inconvenient happened: He had a heart attack. But that was no cause to stop the brain surgery. Vitale ignored suggestions that maybe he should go to the emergency room — though he did submit to a blood test that confirmed he was having a heart attack — and continued the surgery to remove a tumor for 30 minutes until the hard part was done. "I'm not really a hero, I just did my job," Vitale told La Repubblica. Vitale and the brain surgery patient were both taken to intensive care after the surgery, and both are recovering nicely.

Money matters

Free money, in different forms

• A man in Long Island, N.Y., was warned by friends not to play the lottery on Friday the 13th. He ignored them. Now he has $26 million. And he probably isn't taking any unsolicited financial advice.

• A man collecting money from machines in Cleveland tripped on a sidewalk on a windy day. Money was flying everywhere in every denomination. Then something extraordinary happened: People stopped to help him collect it. "All this money was flying everywhere," Susie Porter told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "People were running around picking it up. And giving it back to him." The amount of money recovered was not released, but the company said about $400 was lost, and that much more than that was recovered.

Hooked on history

Ancient statue makes heavy haul

A Greek fisherman must have been excited when he pulled up his heavy nets in the Aegean Sea last week. But it wasn't a monster fish haul. He somehow landed a 2,200-year-old bronze statue of a horseman. Dating to the late second century B.C., the statue represented a male rider wearing ornate breast armor over a short tunic and armed with a sheathed sword. The trunk of the horseman and his raised right arm have survived. Officials have started the cleaning process on the corroded piece.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

Two singles become a double at burger joint 03/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 23, 2009 10:05pm]
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