Cap, Gown and Nothing Else

Forty thousand dollars a year — all so your kid can become a porn star.

Harvard College's Committee on College Life on Tuesday approved the publication of a student-run erotic magazine, the Harvard Crimson reports.

"It's a sex magazine that will hopefully be run by students of all sexual orientations and backgrounds," gushed sophomore Katharina C. Baldegg, one of two undergraduate co-sponsors of what's to be called "The H Bomb."

The college's stamp of approval came with one caveat: The magazine can't publish nude pictures taken inside of Harvard (search) buildings.

"Initially there was some concern about the nudity aspect," said co-sponsor and junior Camilla A. Hrdy, adding that the approval committee eventually "got past the fear of porn."

Only Harvard undergraduates will be posing for the magazine, Baldegg said, all over 18. The publication will also feature erotic artwork and fiction.

Baldegg added that she and Hrdy hoped to have the first issue of "The H Bomb" out for graduation ceremonies in May — just in time for proud parents to get a whole new view of little Sally or Timmy, all grown up.

Wayward Sea Lion Lives With Bullet in Head

The sea lion found Monday happily flopping along an inland California road had another surprise in store — a bullet lodged in the back of his head.

X-rays on the sea lion, nicknamed "Chippy" by the California Highway Patrol (search) officers who rescued him, discovered the large-caliber offending object, reports KCRA-TV of Sacramento.

"We don't know how recently this happened," said spokeswoman Cynthia Schramm of the Marine Mammal Center (search) in Sausalito, where Chippy had been taken. "He looks good. He's not malnourished, so he's obviously been feeding. It hasn't incapacitated him."

Schramm added that veterinarians hadn't decided whether to remove the bullet, and that whoever shot Chippy would likely stay anonymous.

"These cases often go unsolved," she told The Associated Press. "It's against the law to harm or harass any marine mammal, but it's very hard to prosecute these cases because no one sees them happen."

— Thanks to Out There reader Julie D.

Love and Death

NICE, France (AP) — Dressed in a demure black suit, a 35-year-old Frenchwoman married her dead boyfriend Tuesday — a macabre exchange of vows that required authorization from the French president.

Under French law, Christelle Demichel became both bride and widow as a result of the ceremony, which was performed at Nice City Hall on the French Riviera.

The deceased groom, a former policeman identified as Eric, was not present at the ceremony. He was killed by a drunk driver in September 2002.

Demichel told LCI television she was fully aware that "it could seem shocking to marry someone who is dead," but said that her fiance's absence from her life had not dimmed her feelings for him.

According to French law, a marriage between a living person and a dead person can take place as long as preliminary civic formalities have been completed that show the couple had planned to marry. Before the ceremony can take place, it must be approved by the French president.

God Is My Car Dealer

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A Mount Vernon woman who has been arrested for repeatedly trespassing at a Woodbridge car dealership says God sent her to the lot to get a free car.

Marilyn Cole, 40, appeared in Prince William County General District Court Tuesday. Although she's been ordered to stay away from the dealership, the woman says God's authority is higher than man's laws.

Two employees say the woman came to the dealership four times in the past two months requesting a free vehicle and refusing to leave. They said the woman was polite and didn't appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The judge found Cole guilty of three counts of trespassing. A mental health evaluation has been ordered before the woman is sentenced next month.

— Thanks to Out There reader Carlos S.

Next Time, You're Scrubbing the Floors

OXFORD, Ala. (AP) — A convicted burglar sentenced in Calhoun County to 20 years in prison this week as a repeat offender had an unusual run-in with his victim.

The victim, Richard Bussey, says he drove up to his father's rural residence last summer and found a man loading furniture and other items into a pickup truck.

Bussey held a gun on the would-be thief and ordered him to return the furniture. Bussey didn't have a telephone, so he made 45-year-old Roy Andrew Gendron mow the lawn with a push mower until he could think of a plan to alert authorities.

Bussey ultimately took Gendron's driver's license and turned it in to police.

Assistant District Attorney Brian McVeigh says Gendron had been arrested 19 times and was on parole when Bussey caught him.

At sentencing Tuesday, Circuit Judge Samuel Monk says the case stands out for its comical twist, calling it "one of the better ones."

And McVeigh says if he ever gets in that situation, "I'll try to get some yard work out of the guy."

Shark Pulls Off Pit-Bull Imitation

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Lifeguards at a beach post north of Sydney couldn't believe their eyes when a man walked in with a small shark attached to his leg.

Luke Tresoglavic swam 1,000 feet to shore, walked to his car and drove to the local surf club with the 23-inch shark biting his leg and refusing to let go.

"I just realized I had to swim in like that, hanging on to it," Tresoglavic told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio on Wednesday.

Tresoglavic, 22, was snorkeling on a reef off Caves Beach near Newcastle on Tuesday when a wobbegong, or carpet shark, attacked his leg.

"Once I got on to shore, a couple of people tried to help me, but I could not remove it," he said. "It was stuck there, so I got up into my car and then drove to the clubhouse, and luckily the guys down there had a clue what to do."

The lifeguards flushed the shark's gills with fresh water, forcing it to loosen its grip on Tresoglavic's leg — with blood oozing from 70 needle-like punctures. The shark later died.

"He's lucky he didn't get into difficulties in the water trying to swim with that thing thrashing around," senior lifeguard Michael Jones said.

But he said Tresoglavic remained in good spirits throughout the ordeal. "There was a side of humor to it," he said.

Tresoglavic was taken to a hospital, but it was not immediately clear what treatment he received.

Wobbegong sharks can grow to nearly 10 feet in length, possess razor-sharp teeth and are said to be moody and short-tempered.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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