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WHEN READ­ING IS A DRAG

Madi­son’s Pin­ney Li­brary started a pro­gram ti­tled “Drag Queen Sto­ry­time” ear­lier this sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to Wis­con­sin Pub­lic Ra­dio. Miss Gretta, played by Craig Sch­lagel, reads a book and then the kids par­tic­i­pate in a sing-along. Li­brary as­sis­tant Danny At­wa­ter says chil­dren can re­late to drag queens be­cause of the dress-up as­pect.

HIP HIPPO

The Cincin­nati Zoo’s pop­u­lar baby hippo is star­ring in an in­ter­net video se­ries called The Fiona Show. You can watch her on the zoo’s Face­book page, where she’s al­ready gar­nered mil­lions of views since her pre­ma­ture birth in Jan­uary. The show is just the lat­est de­vel­op­ment in what has been a busy year for Fiona, who now weighs in at 450 pounds. Her face has ap­peared on ice cream and beer. She was named an hon­orary deputy sher­iff. And a chil­dren’s book about her is in the works.

LOV­ING PUB­LIC TRAN­SIT

A New York City cou­ple who met on a bus 13 years ago have now got­ten mar­ried on one. Ran­dom pas­sen­gers and 50 guests joined Kara Mullins and Os­valdo “O.J.” Jimenez for their pub­lic-tran­sit nup­tials. Jimenez first spot­ted his fu­ture bride 13 years ago on a Man­hat­tan crosstown bus. He said when he sug­gested get­ting mar­ried on the same bus, she replied, “Heck, yeah, let’s do it.”

WATCH YOUR STEP

A man cross­ing a New York City street got a sink­ing feel­ing when a sink­hole swal­lowed his leg. Pho­tos and videos on so­cial me­dia showed him look­ing for­lorn and con­fused as he sat in the mid­dle of a cross­walk with his right leg al­most en­tirely in­vis­i­ble un­der the as­phalt.

STRESS­FUL JOB

A for­mer gravedig­ger has filed a law­suit against his for­mer em­ployer, say­ing that he was fired for blow­ing the whis­tle on co­work­ers who were break­ing open cas­kets and con­crete grave boxes while they were drunk and stoned on the job, re­ported the Wis­con­sin State Jour­nal. The suit names StoneMor Part­ners, a Penn­syl­va­nia-based ceme­tery and funeral home com­pany that owns Roselawn Me­mo­rial Park in Monona and Glen­view Me­mo­rial Gar­dens in Ix­o­nia in Jef­fer­son County.

DID HE LOOK LIKE GEN. LEE?

Au­thor­i­ties in the Ohio county of Craw­ford re­ported the be­head­ing of a statue out­side a court­house in Bucyrus. Po­lice say the van­dal­ism oc­curred the same week pro­test­ers dam­aged or re­moved Con­fed­er­ate stat­ues in other cities in the United States. But the Bucyrus statue was of Col. Wil­liam Craw­ford, who fought in the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion and the French and In­dian War and died decades be­fore the Civil War.

JUST SAY ‘NO’

Po­lice in the north­west Ger­man city of Osnabrück found thou­sands of Ec­stasy tablets in an Aus­trian-reg­is­tered car. The tablets were or­ange and in the shape of Don­ald Trump’s head. The stash had a street value of about $46,000. But se­ri­ously, what a bit­ter pill to swal­low.

KID CAN­DI­DATE

A 16-year-old in Wi­chita, Kansas, is cam­paign­ing as a Demo­crat in the 2018 gu­ber­na­to­rial race. Jack Berg­er­son will be too young to vote in the elec­tion, but Kansas law does not im­pose an age re­stric­tion on gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­dates. In fact, ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for the Kansas sec­re­tary of state, there is no law gov­ern­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions for gov­er­nor. Sev­eral other Dems are run­ning in the pri­mary, but they don’t have Jack’s lieu­tenant gov­er­nor — 17-year-old Alexan­der Cline, a high school class­mate.

MAGIC NUM­BER: 3

We’ve al­ways known it takes three licks to get to the cen­ter of a Toot­sie Pop. Now we know the per­fect Oreo cookie dunk lasts three sec­onds. Re­searchers stud­ied the cookie ques­tion and found Oreos ab­sorb 80 per­cent of their po­ten­tial liq­uid weight af­ter just two sec­onds in milk. No more milk can be ab­sorbed at four sec­onds.

WEST WING WORK

While Don­ald Trump was on his sum­mer hol­i­day, the West Wing un­der­went re­dec­o­rat­ing. The bil­lion­aire still doesn’t have his pent­house, but he has a $3.4 mil­lion redo. Beige and navy car­pet­ing with flo­ral medal­lions was in­stalled, as were new drapes. Gray wall­pa­per was hung in the Oval Of­fice and two large ea­gle stat­ues were placed in the Roo­sevelt Room, along with a dozen side chairs with ea­gle de­tails. “You’re go­ing to start see­ing a lot more ea­gles about the West Wing,” John Botello, in­te­rior de­signer and preser­va­tion spe­cial­ist for the Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent, told the AP.

DY­ING WISH?

A New Jersey man and life­long Philadel­phia Ea­gles fan held sea­son tick­ets to Ea­gles football games for more than 30 years. When Jef­frey Riegel died Aug. 25, his obit­u­ary said he hoped “to have eight Philadel­phia Ea­gles as pall­bear­ers, so the Ea­gles can let him down one last time.” A dy­ing wish or a part­ing shot? Ei­ther way, eight friends in Ea­gles jer­seys served as his pall­bear­ers.

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