NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) – Maybe the nation isn’t as divided as all the pundits claim.

After all, Upper Burrell Township neighbors Kerry Bush and John George have made it through the presidential campaign on speaking terms.

“I don’t think people have put two-and-two together,” George said, noting that neighbors haven’t targeted either man with election year pranks.

Bush has a ready reply to their most frequent jokes.

“I don’t feel at all like a flip-flopper,” Bush said. “I get called Mr. Bipartisan.”

Hunks ride to the rescue

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Forgive some women for being a tad bit miffed when the hunky men who had offered to drive them to polling stations arrived. After all, the men were fully clothed.

The plan had called for the men of Long Tom Grange -Oregon’s best known nudie calendar – to offer voters a free limo ride to ballot drop-off sites. The men made headlines last year when they bared all for a calendar benefiting local schools.

Linda Roberts was surprised when 66-year-old rancher John Lopes greeted her in jeans and a cowboy shirt. As Mr. May in the group’s 2005 calendar, he wore only his belt and boots astride his horse.

The group had considered going topless.

“But it’s too cold,” Lopes confessed.

Baby animals get political, too

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two baby marmosets, who made their debut at the Blank Park Zoo, have a good reason to remember this election season – they’ve been named George and John for President Bush and his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry.

“We wanted to find a unique way to commemorate the times the presidential candidates monkeyed around in Iowa,” quipped Terry Rich, chief executive officer at the zoo.

“This has been a wild campaign.”

The tiny monkeys, born eight weeks ago, are twins – not that uncommon in marmosets, Rich said. They were kept under close watch until deemed healthy enough to put on exhibit – which just happened to fall on the eve of Tuesday’s election.

Native to Brazil, marmosets eat fruit, leaves, seeds and insects. They live to be 15 to 20 years old, and have sent pads to mark their territory.

“I think one of them smiled, which probably indicates they’ve got a little political streak in them,” Rich said.


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