A Supreme Honor

* What do a Supreme Court justice, the Wright Brothers, the blue-spotted salamander and Ohio all have in common?

They're all going to be on new stamps from the U.S. Postal Service. The black-and-white, 37-cent stamp honoring former justice Thurgood Marshall went on sale across the nation yesterday.

Marshall was on the Supreme Court from 1967 until 1991. He also was one of the lawyers who argued that having separate schools for blacks and whites was unfair. School segregation was ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in 1954.

His stamp is the 26th in a series of stamps honoring black heritage. The Postal Service plans to issue 150 million Marshall stamps.

Stamps are often issued to mark anniversaries, such as the bicentennial of Ohio becoming a state and the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight. The salamander is part of a series of stamps on reptiles and amphibians.

Other stamps to be on the lookout for this year include a series on lighthouses, one marking the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase and a series on some of football's earliest heroes, including Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski.

There's a What

In the Tub?

* A German family has kept a live eel in the bathtub for 33 years and even trained it to swim into a bucket when someone needs to wash.

"He's part of our family," said Hannelore Richter of Bochum in western Germany. Her husband, Paul, caught the eel on a fishing trip in 1969 and took it home for supper.

His children fell in love with the eel, refusing to let it be killed and cooked. So it has lived in the bathtub, which it shared with the children when they were small. The eel even moved to a new home with the family, German newspapers reported.

"It's a weird situation," zoologist Walter Gettmann said. "He has certainly lost the skills needed to survive in the wild. But if he is fed properly, he can survive in a tub."

-- From staff and wire reports

The Thurgood Marshall stamp is part of a black heritage series.