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TAMPA BAY Florida, U.S.A.

Bonjour,

Mike Moran, chief U.S. Olympic press officer, ordered his early morning coffee at a La Lechere inn. He got unwanted company. Nestled in a coat draped across a chair was the owner's pet rat. Moran's eyes bulged as the resident rodent scampered onto a table and then perched on the rim of the innkeeper's tea cup. "Rat took a drink or two," Moran said, "and then retreated to a pocket of the jacket." Moran didn't finish his coffee.

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