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You just couldn't wait, eh?

If reports from Montenegro are accurate, law school student Edin Smailovic is either so smart that his course work doesn't challenge him anymore - or so smitten with girlfriend Edita Bikic that he can think of nothing else. It seems that in the midst of a final exam in economics at Bijelo Polje University, in the city of the same name, he raised his hand and asked to address the others in the room, among them Edita. Expecting to hear a question that might be of importance to the rest of the class, the proctor said OK . Instead, when our guy reached the front of the room, he dropped to one knee and proposed to her. "I was so bored," he told journalists later, "and so excited at the prospect of getting married, that I decided I had to ask her then and there." No word on Edin's test score, but Edita said "yes."

Great scenery, bad roads: a national park warning

If you'll be vacationing in one of the US national parks or recreation areas this summer - assuming the price of gasoline at the pump hasn't become prohibitive - be prepared for roads in need of repair. Sometimes in serious need, according to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). In a recent report, it says 65 percent of the more than 5,000 miles of paved surfaces in these natural treasures are in poor to fair condition. Estimated cost of addressing repair and other transportation needs: more than $3 billion. With that in mind, the NPCA has provided a travel advisory, identifying the parks with the worst roads in the system. They are (in alphabetical order):

Big Bend National Park (Texas)
Death Valley National Park (California)
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (Pennsylvania/New Jersey)
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Utah)
Joshua Tree National Park (California)
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Nevada)

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