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Excerpts from News around the World
Bruce A. Epstein. All Rights Reserved.
Last Updated August 6, 1997
Note: All "News of the Day" is constructed from facts available
to the general public. It is not copied verbatim from the news sources
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Jeanne Calment, oldest person in the world, died today. She was 122
(years!) No official cause of death was given.
(The cause of death was unofficially reported as "Being Freakin' Old
as Hell". It must have been a shame for her to see loved ones pass
away at the tender age of 100 .-- BAE)
Psychologists for John W. Hinckley Jr. have testified that his mental
health has improved since he shot President Reagan and he should be allowed
to visit his parents outside a mental hospital where he was been confined
Prosecutors said the risk is still too great, arguing that he has shown
an unhealthy interest in a hospital pharmacist who resembles actress Jodie
Kirk Heilbrun, a psychologist who is testifying in Hinckley's behalf, noted
that the woman ``has some resemblance to Jodie Foster,'' the actress Hinckley
stalked before shooting Reagan. But he said he didn't think Hinckley's actions
amounted to stalking, although Hinckley's and the woman's descriptions of
the relationship differed.
The Supreme Court let stand a US District Court's ruling that Rodney
Dangerfield was entitled to only $45,000 in presumed damages in a libel
suit against Star magazine. Star ran an article under the headline, "Vegas
Casino Accuses Caddyshack Funnyman: Rodney Dangerfield Swills Vodka by the
Tumblerfull, Smokes Pot All Day and Uses Cocaine." While the lower
court ruled that Star published it "with at least reckless disredard
of the truth," there was no evidence that the article had caused extensive
emotional distress or damage to the comedian's reputation.
The Graffiti Removal Service of Albuquerque, NM painted over what they
thought was graffiti. But it was actually a mural entitled "Renaissance
of Youth," which the city had commissioned three years earlier at a
cost of $15,000. (in all fairness, it was allegedly worn and chipped).
Love the Shoes, Babe
Hillary Clinton toured the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal on Mexico's
Yucatan peninsula today. She marveled at the 125-foot tall Pyramid of the
Magician, but did not climb its precarious stairs, telling reporters, ``I
wore the wrong shoes."
A breathalyzer test is administered to all high school
students attending the prom in Grant, Nebraska. It was instituted in 1992
when apparently intoxicated students swallowed live goldfish used in table
-- Associated Press 04/21/97
Phillipine President Fidel Ramos was an hour late for an appointment
with the Red Cross. Ramos had apparently arisen at 4 a.m. to watch Tiger
Woods win the US Masters golf tournament, and then returned to bed, but
subsequently overslept. Ramos had declared April 12-18, "National Punctuality
Week" to remind Filipinos that they had to stop being habitually late
if the country was to become globally competitive.
-- Newark Star-Ledger 04/18/97
John Doyle, a truck driver for 18 years, was killed on the day he was
scheduled to get a 10-year safety award when he failed to yield the right
of way to a school bus.
-- Associated Press 04/13/97
Scientists have levitated a frog, using a giant magnetic field. The researchers
from universities in Britain and the Netherlands have also levitated plants,
grasshoppers and fish, without any apparent ill effects. The large magnetic
field alters the orbits of electrons in the animals' atoms, generating an
electric current which in turn generates a magnetic field. Because the induced
magnetic field repels that of the giant magnet, cauing the object to levitate.
-- Reuters 04/11/97
Singer Courtney Love was acquitted of misdemeanor battery charges stemming
from her allegedly jumping off the stage and slugging two concert goers
in November 1995.
The trial judge ruled that the plaintiffs were "not exposed to any
more violence than a reasonable person should expect at a grunge-rock concert".
- Paraphrased from the Newark Star Ledger March 7, 1997
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