Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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The skinny: Iowa woman, 99, gets high school diploma

Worth the wait

Iowa woman, 99, RECEIVES diploma

A 99-year-old Iowa woman who dropped out of a high school more than 80 years ago despite needing only one credit to graduate has finally received her diploma. Audrey Crabtree, of Cedar Falls, smiled Monday as she received an honorary diploma for her time at Waterloo East High School. "And I feel so much smarter," Crabtree quipped. Family and friends surrounded Crabtree as the current principal of East High handed her a diploma during an education board meeting.

When the stars align

Planetarium spells love for Ga. couple

The way the stars aligned inside a Georgia planetarium caught the 22-year-old woman by surprise, spelling out the question: "Krystal Sanderson Will You Marry Me?" Sanderson's boyfriend, 23-year-old Alan Gilbert, was behind the weekend message that appeared at the planetarium of the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Macon. Others attending the show applauded when Sanderson, no longer in the dark, accepted the ring.

Brooding bachelor

Zoo getting rid of antisocial gorilla

There will be no rose ceremony for a 430-pound bachelor gorilla that failed to form any meaningful relationships with fellow apes during an 18-year stay at the Dallas Zoo. Patrick, the 23-year-old Western lowland gorilla known for being gregarious with zoo staff and the public, while being ambivalent toward his female counterparts, has been handed his walking papers. The silverback will be transferred to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C.

What's in a name?

Proposed change is raising a stink

A proposed name change is raising a stink in one British village. Welsh-language campaigners say Varteg, in south Wales, should be rebranded with a more authentic Welsh spelling — Y Farteg. The Welsh language has no letter v, though the sound is made by the letter f. Varteg is an anglicization of the original Welsh name. Some residents fear the change will make their town the target of ridicule. Villager Sioned Jones told Wales Online, "Just imagine how embarrassing it will be to have the word 'fart' in your village's name, never mind being followed by egg."

unwelcome guest

Bartender orders bear to leave bar

If only all unwelcome bar guests were this obliging. A black bear walked into the bar at the Alaskan Hotel in downtown Juneau on Monday night. Bartender Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy says she freaked out and yelled, "No bear! Get out! No! You can't be in here!" The bear complied, leaving the bar within seconds.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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