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Cool Runnings II

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JAM-NewtonMarshallNewton Marshall is Jamaica's newest ambassador.

The 25-year-old former gardener, horseback guide and dog trainer for Chukka Caribbean Adventures in Ocho Rios placed 13th in the grueling 1,016-mile Yukon Quest dogsled race from Whitehorse to Fairbanks, Alaska.

He drove his team of 10 huskies across the finish line in 11 days, 19 hours and two minutes, arriving in the Fairbanks dawn with a wide Jamaican grin on his frostbitten face.

Marshall earned $3,000 for his finish and a chance to compete in the annual 1,150-mile Iditarod Great Sled Race that spans the width of Alaska.

A film team has made a dJAM-NewtonMarshallSnowocumentary about him, but Marshall is most proud of the Challenge of the North award presented to him by the race marshal and judges for "best exemplifying the spirit of the Yukon Quest."

Marshall has headed home to Jamaica to soak up the sun before returning to work at Chukka, where he runs cart-mushing tours with Jamaican mongrel shelter dogs.

Way to go, mon!

-- Gay Nagle Myers

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Photo of swimsuit model rankles some SWA flyers

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It was bound to happen. Some Southwest Airlines customers are not happy with the newest addition tBlog-SWAo the carrier’s fleet.

They don’t object to the Boeing 737 itself, but to the giant bikini-clad image of Sports Illustrated cover model Bar Refaeli painted on the fuselage. The photo of Refaeli on the plane is part of a promotional deal to tout the magazine's annual swimsuit issue.

The carrier's blog is full of comments pro and con. Some labeled the image as pornographic, "hardly the epitome of the friendly, down-home airline I’ve grown accustomed to," one customer blogged.

Another said it was "a true sign of marketing genius. This is Southwest being Southwest, having fun, not taking themselves too seriously, willing to take risks."

Whatever. The paint job is temporary and will be removed within a few months when the promotion ends.

-- Gay Nagle Myers

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