Go ahead, call Jose Genoino vain. He won't disagree, especially since his concern over his appearance has kept him from being kidnapped and robbed. As we pick up the story, Brazil's ruling Workers Party chief and adviser to new President Luiz Inacio (Lula) da Silva was about to join his driver and an aide for the ride to a TV studio, where he'd appear on a talk show. But he forgot the comb he uses to primp for such appearances and went back to retrieve it from his São Paulo apartment. As he did, thugs commandeered the waiting car, leaving Genoino stranded. The aide and driver were freed later, minus all their cash.
Speaking of being stranded, have you heard about the rabbit in Manchester, England, whose cage was ticketed for illegal parking? Both were left outside a pet shop by the owner, who pulled his van away from the curb before a cop could issue the citation. So the officer thought he'd do the next best thing and affixed it to the cage instead. The ticket may go unpaid, however, since, to be valid, it must be handed to a driver or left on a vehicle.
If you're in the market for pricey real estate, consider Cambridge, Mass. According the Bureau of the Census, the home to prestigious Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also has the highest concentration in the US of dwellings worth at least $1 million. The finding was based on data from Census 2000 and rated urban centers with populations above 100,000. The 10 cities with the most million-dollar digs, by percentage:
1. Cambridge, Mass. 11.6%
2. San Francisco 7.0
3. Pasadena, Calif. 4.7
4. Los Angeles 3.8
5. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 3.3
6. Berkeley, Calif. 3.2
7. Stamford, Conn. 2.7
8. Honolulu, Hawaii 2.6 (tie) Atlanta (tie) Fremont, Calif.
- Associated Press