A Female Quarterback?

You Throw, Girl!

* Miranda McOsker loves football. Not watching, but playing.

The 15-year-old is the starting quarterback on her high school's junior varsity team in Torrance, California. Miranda got into a varsity game recently (the No. 2 quarterback was injured). Playing the entire second half, she had three touchdown passes, including a 65-yard completion.

Miranda says her teammates are like brothers. She gives lots of credit to them and the Bishop Montgomery High School coaches for accepting her. "They never had a doubt in their mind that I could do it," she said.

Coming Up Empty

* If you could ask President Bush one question, what would it be?

How about: What's in your pockets?

That's what a Latin American journalist asked before Bush's visit to South America this week. (The journalist said he poses this question to all presidents he meets.)

Bush pulled a white handkerchief out of his pants pocket. Then he turned both front pockets inside out to show they were empty.

"Es todo. No dinero," he said. ("That's all. No money.")

Let's hope he already had bought Mrs. Bush's birthday present.

When the Cat's Away . . .

* A cat that went missing in Wisconsin a month ago turned up 4,000 miles away, in France.

Emily the cat apparently wandered into a large cargo container near her home in Appleton, Wisconsin. The container later was shipped across the Atlantic Ocean with Emily inside.

Emily probably wasn't alone in the shipping crate. She must have found some mice in there, too, because she looked pretty healthy when found, her vet said.

Correction: Tuesday's story about Daudi Lomoyani, the Tanzanian teen studying in Northern Virginia, had an incorrect population total for his home town. About 270,000 people live in the city of Arusha, according to a 2002 census.

Miranda McOsker, left, got a passing grade as a varsity quarterback. Sunny side up: A fried egg sculpture is displayed on Tamarama Beach in Sydney, Australia.