• The wonderful world of public hygiene

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• MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has lost his latest attempt to withdraw his guilty plea in a Minneapolis airport men’s room sex sting. A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected the Republican’s bid to toss out his disorderly conduct conviction. Craig was arrested in June 2007 in a Minneapolis airport bathroom stall (seen above) by an undercover officer who said the senator solicited sex. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor and paid a fine, but changed his mind after word of his arrest became public. Craig insisted he was innocent, but the case effectively ended his political career.

• MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Billie Watts said she was tempted but couldn’t bring herself to keep $97,000 she said she found in a Cracker Barrel restroom. The 75-year-old Murfreesboro woman told The Daily News Journal that she discovered the money inside a tapestry bag hanging from a hook on a stall door last Thursday. But five days later, the money and its anonymous owner remain something of a mystery in the community, where police said they have no report of the find. While digging through the bag to figure out its owner, Watts said she found a bundle of neatly stacked $1,000 bills. Watts said she and her husband took the money home, but later called the restaurant back and asked if there was a lost-and-found department. She was told yes, and left her number.

• NEW YORK (ABC) — Few inanimate objects arouse as much universal germ fear — especially among women — as the dreaded public toilet seat. “That’s like the first rule: Don’t sit on the toilet seat,” one woman told “20/20.” Another woman described public toilets as being both nasty and filthy. And a man told us he would “rather go almost anywhere else than a public bathroom.” “Fifty percent of American women won’t sit on a seat without some type of guard or without hovering,” said Allison Janse, author of “The Germ Freak’s Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu.” She admits she has spent years herself dangling over toilet seats, but now this self-professed germ freak is changing her attitude. She says paper toilet shields help your head more than your bottom, and those who hover often just leave a mess for the next person.

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About Bill Dowd

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