The Greatest Dolphin Love Story Ever Told

Where do we begin to tell the story of how great love can be?

In Italy, for starters, where keepers at the Oltremare water park in Riccione say their dolphin is dying of a broken heart, the Times of London reports.

The dolphin, Mary G, was found two years ago in the Adriatic Sea and nursed to health by trainer Tamara Monti. The trainer was recently murdered by a neighbor who couldn't stand her barking dogs, and Mary G hasn't been the same.

Since her trainer's death, Mary G has refused her meals — milk and squid — and dropped 110 pounds.

The water park's director, Leandro Stanzani, is appealing for international help to save the dolphin that, he says, is "dying of a broken heart."

"The relationship between a dolphin and its trainer is always special, but this time it was especially close," he said. "Tamara was constantly stroking Mary, who would nuzzle her cheek."

Hasta la Vista Mothra!

Mexican authorities have a giant moth problem on their hands.

Reuters reports that the appearance of the Cactoblastis cactorum moth in Cancun last week has officials worried that the moth — responsible for destroying 50 million acres of cacti in Australia — will do the same in Mexico, where cacti are a favorite food ingredient.

"This is war," said Enrique Sanchez, head of plant and animal health in Mexico. "If lots of them arrive we will try to destroy the largest number possible with pesticides."

Last year, the moth made an appearance on Mexico's Isla Mujeres in the Caribbean, prompting a government pest-control operation, with agents going door to door in search of the succulent-loving moth.

Caution: Contents Blinding Hot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Instead of a gun, convenience store clerks have been attacked with fiery hot drinks in a series of recent robberies, police said.

Typically, one of the robbers buys a coffee or hot chocolate and throws the drink in the cashier's face while his accomplice scoops the money from the till, city police Sgt. D.F. Pace said Monday.

At least one cashier has suffered third-degree burns in the splash-and-grab robberies that began about two weeks ago, Pace said.

The pair, repeatedly caught on surveillance cameras, have robbed six convenience stores in New Jersey, three in Philadelphia, five in Delaware County, one in Bucks County and one in Wilmington, Del., police said.

"In my 37 years of reading police reports, and studying criminals and crime, I have never heard of something like this," said Lawrence W. Sherman, director of the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wawa and 7-Eleven, primary targets of the pair, are offering up to $10,000 for their arrest, police said.

Surgery: $6,000, Tax: $390, New Bra Size: Priceless

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Getting the perfect lips or nose might cost you extra if a new bill passes in the Legislature.

State Rep. Phyllis Kahn is pushing to extend Minnesota's 6.5 percent sales tax to cosmetic surgery and appearance-enhancing procedures including chemical skin peels, laser hair removal, cosmetic injections and spider vein treatments.

Anybody who has the money for plastic surgery can afford to pay the tax, said Kahn, a Minneapolis Democrat.

"There aren't a lot of homeless people and there aren't a lot of people who don't have enough money for food who are getting optional cosmetic surgery," she said.

New Jersey is the only state that taxes cosmetic surgery, collecting an estimated $11 million this year. Kahn said her proposal would raise about $7 million a year.

Most of that money would come from the bank accounts of hardworking women, said Dr. Richard D'Amico, president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He said 90 percent of plastic surgery patients are female, with annual incomes averaging about $60,000.

"It hurts working women who save up their money and work hard and try to do something for themselves once in a while," he said.

Ice Ice Baby, We Harvest Ice Ice Baby

SOUTH BRISTOL, Maine (AP) — The historic Thompson Ice House museum is filled with ice, thanks to volunteers who participated in its annual public ice harvest.

For the 17th year in a row, members of the public removed antique tools Sunday from the museum walls and used them to harvest ice from Thompson Pond. It's a ritual that dates back to 1826, when Asa Thompson launched the small-scale ice business that passed through five generations.

The icehouse closed in 1969. It was converted into a museum in 1990 and the public ice harvest began a year later.

Lucas and Levi Merrifield, 16 and 12, of Gorham, were among those who helped carry on the tradition Sunday.

"I like to see some young people do it," said Ken Lincoln, president of the museum's board of directors, who started cutting ice when he was 10.

Lincoln's sons help out at the museum's event, performing the dangerous job of directing ice from an icehouse ramp to the storage area inside.

Lucas Lincoln used a pole-mounted metal hook to stop 300- to 400- pound blocks of ice as they slid down a ramp and dropped off it. He said the job can be tiring but he still returns each year with his brother and his father.

"It's kind of a tradition," Lincoln said. "I've probably been here every year since I was born."

After cutting the ice with a gas-powered saw, volunteers use traditional saws, chisels and other tools to break apart the blocks and direct them down a canal to a ramp leading to the icehouse.

People can buy ice at the museum in spring and summer. Some is earmarked for the museum's summertime ice cream social, and about 10 to 12 blocks are shipped in August to the Windsor Historical Society in return for its members' labor during the ice harvest.

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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