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On the rocks A multimillionaire financier once engaged to marry President Bush’s former sister-in-law is suing for the return of an 11-carat diamond engagement ring worth $434,000. Gerald Tsai Jr., 78, said in his lawsuit that after he and Sharon Bush, 55, agreed to marry in October 2006, he bought her the rectangular yellow diamond ring from Saks Fifth Avenue for $243,000. It is now worth much more, he said. Tsai’s lawsuit said that “the sole and exclusive consideration, motivation and reason” for giving the ring to Bush was their “contemplated marriage” � and that he and Bush agreed she would return it if they decided not to marry. The engagement was called off on Jan. 23, Tsai’s papers said, and he asked for the ring back. But Bush, formerly married to the president’s younger brother, Neil Bush, has refused to return it, the lawsuit said. Tsai’s lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in New York City, seeks the ring’s “fair and reasonable replacement value” of $434,000. Sharon and Neil Bush, 53, divorced in April 2003 after 23 years of marriage and three children. Neil Bush admitted that he had been seeing Maria Andrews, once a volunteer for former first lady Barbara Bush. He described his marriage then as “broken” and “loveless.” � Associated Press Bride’s plight inspires poesy “We are born, some marry and we die. In the list of life events, it is only in marriage that we make choices.” A passage from a mushy romance novel? Nope. It’s the opening line of a recent Connecticut Appellate Court decision. Several passages in the ruling, authored by Chief Judge Joseph Flynn, reveal a court in touch with its softer side. The case was about a woman who booked a wedding date at the Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Conn. The plot twists, too numerous to mention, were “a Shakespearean drama of confusion and lost opportunities,” the court wrote, still in a poetic mode. In the end, the manor reneged on its contract. The judges wrote in sympathetic tones about a frantic bride who must find other accommodations and endure a somewhat rushed morning ceremony instead of the weekendlong festival of her dreams. “A wedding generally is considered one of the most important days in one’s life,” the court philosophized in upholding a $17,000 verdict against the Thompson business. The conduct of the manor’s management “would risk causing any bride emotional distress.” � Connecticut Law Tribune Cold, officially International falls, Minn., is officially the “Icebox of the Nation.” The city on the Canadian border had been fighting the ski town of Fraser, Colo., for the legal right to the trademark. International Falls claimed victory recently when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sent the city attorney a certificate granting the community Reg. No. 3,375,139. “I ran over to the attorney’s office and kissed the certificate,” Mayor Shawn Mason said. “Fraser’s actions had sent a chill down my spine.” More was at stake than bragging rights. International Falls has used the icebox title to market itself to industry as the nation’s premier site for cold-weather testing. As if on cue, the temperature there sank to minus-40 on Feb. 11. International Falls paid Fraser $2,000 in 1989 for dropping its claim to the title. But when the Minnesota city of 6,500 people failed to renew its trademark, the Colorado town of 1,000 tried to secure it. Fraser Mayor Fran Cook said town offices were closed because of bad weather, and with a 4-foot snowdrift in front of her garage, she hadn’t been able to get to the town hall to see whether Fraser had received any official notice. � Associated Press

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