?The mayoral race in Hartlepool, England, H'Angus the Monkey, the mascot of the Hartlepool United soccer club. Residents of the northeast coastal town have been called Monkey Hangers since the early 1800s, when a monkey that washed ashore was charged as a French spy and hanged. H'Angus will run as an independent in the May elections and has vowed to provide children with free bananas in school if elected.
By South Korean college students as the "most unwelcome" potential spectator at the upcoming World Cup soccer games in South Korea, American short track speed skater Apolo Ohno. In a poll conducted by Vox magazine, the students singled out Ohno, who won Olympic gold in the 1,500 meters after Korean skater Kim Dong-Sung was disqualified for blocking Ohno's path.
?Sewage into snow, the managers of Australia's Mount Buller ski resort. The resort is using a newly refined process that twins ultrafiltration and snowmaking. According to resort spokesman David Westphalen the waste-turned-powder is "good enough to drink."
?Athena and Ph�vos, the mascots for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Based on terracotta dolls popular with Greek children in the seventh century B.C., the brother and sister pair follow in a curious line of Olympic mascots that includes Barcelona's Cobi (a dog), Atlanta's Izzy (an abstract cartoon figure) and Sydney's threesome of Ollie (a kookaburra), Syd (a platypus) and Millie (an echidna).
?To pray for the Tigers, members of St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Detroit. Last Thursday the Reverend Steven Kelly led 45 parishioners in asking God to stand by Tigers players, coaches, front-office staff, stadium vendors and grounds crew. On Monday, after falling to 0-6, Detroit fired manager Phil Garner and general manager Randy Smith.