Marchers protest cheese ban
About 40 protesters took to the streets of New York City on Saturday to demonstrate against a ban on Mimolette that has angered lovers of the distinctive French cheese. Since last month, several hundred pounds of the bright orange cheese have been held up by customs because of a warning by the Food and Drug Administration that it contained microscopic cheese mites. The mites are a critical part of the process to produce Mimolette, giving it its distinctive grayish crust. The decision has angered importers and consumers, who have even set up a Facebook page titled “Save the Mimolette.” Protesters in Greenwich Village — many dressed in orange — handed out bite-sized samples of the cheese to passersby to raise awareness of the ban. “We had eight balls of 3kg, so we decided to educate people a little,” said Benoit de Vitton, an importer of the cheese. De Vitton said he was baffled by the recent blockade, saying he has imported Mimolette for two decades without a problem.
Swallowed ring recovered
New Hampshire police say they have got the US$3,200 engagement ring a man allegedly swallowed during an attempted jewelry store theft. Authorities charged 52-year-old Ronald Perley with theft and falsifying physical evidence after they say X-rays showed the 14-karat white-gold ring with princess-cut diamonds inside him. WMUR-TV reports that police had recovered the ring as of Saturday. Perley allegedly went into a shop on Thursday asking about engagement rings. Workers said he grabbed a ring, then swallowed it after being confronted. Police say surveillance footage shows Perley taking the ring and putting his hand to his mouth.