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Fri, Dec. 12th, 2003, 05:48 pm
5500: "Televangelist takes aim at Hefner hamburger ads"

by Gary Gentle
AP Business, via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, whose weekly "Hour of Power" televangelist show airs nationwide, is objecting to television commercials that use Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to hawk a new line of hamburgers.


Mon, Oct. 6th, 2003, 10:10 am
5500: Guardian: Norway ends 90 years of film bans

by Hildegunn Soldal

The Norwegian censors have abruptly reversed a ban on nearly 300 films, meaning that all films which were previously forbidden in the country can now be legally screened.


Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2003, 03:23 pm
5500: Guardian: Turner expert's new view of Venice

The new title of the luminous canvas by Turner is, frankly, slightly cumbersome. The picture is now: The Arrival of Louis-Philippe at Portsmouth 8 October 1844 (circa) 1844-5, formerly listed as Festive Lagoon Scene Venice c 1840-5.
If Turner expert Ian Warrell is right those dark shapes in the smoky gold light are not glamourous revellers, jaded with the pleasures of the most beautiful and decadent city in the world, being ferried home at dawn across the Venetian lagoon. They're a bevy of Portsmouth councillors, local dignitaries, layabouts, rubberneckers and riffraff, setting out in a little Armada across the harbour to meet the King of France, Louis-Philippe.


Thu, Aug. 28th, 2003, 03:47 pm
5500: AP via Guardian Unlimited: Smiling will get you nowhere

Canadians applying for passports must now submit photos showing "neutral expressions". They cannot be smiling, frowning, glaring or grimacing, the Canadian passport office said.


Mon, Aug. 18th, 2003, 10:10 am
5500: Reuters via Yahoo!UK: Chilling Tube Plan Unveiled

An Israeli company has proposed cooling down sweltering London Underground platforms by placing snow-making machines above ground.


Wed, Aug. 13th, 2003, 01:24 pm
5500: Reuters via Yahoo!UK News: Cherie singalong hits Ayia Napa clubs

Cherie Blair's singing efforts have been greeted with hoots of derision in the hip clubbers' resort of Ayia Napa, where a dance version of her rendition of a Beatles' classic is doing the rounds.


Tue, Aug. 12th, 2003, 12:27 pm
allegraslade: being amélie

"Amélie," a quirky low-budget film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, was nominated for five Oscars and has been seen by more than 25 million people since its release in 2001. In the film (released in France as "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain"), the title character, played by the French actress Audrey Tautou, is a good fairy who touches friends, family members and even strangers with her anonymous acts of generosity.

Now the spirit of the film has spread to a corner of Montmartre where the film is set. And the real-life places that she frequented have profited from her magic, creating a cult of Amélie, particularly among foreign tourists who seek to follow in her footsteps. The French call it the "Amélie Poulainization" of the neighborhood.

Cinematography Meets Geography in Montmartre

Mon, Aug. 11th, 2003, 11:39 pm
5500: NY Times: Annual Physical Checkup May Be an Empty Ritual

"I still listen to everyone's heart," said Dr. Stewart Rogers, an internist at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. "Why pick that fight? Why try to explain 10 years of evidence-based medicine so the patient will understand why I didn't do that test? The reason to listen to hearts is that it establishes our priestly majesty when you tell them about smoke alarms."

By Gina Kolata

Wed, Aug. 6th, 2003, 02:00 pm
5500: AP via Boston Globe: School leader under pressure to pass literacy exam

The chairman of the [Massachusetts] state Board of Education said Monday that Lawrence superintendent Wilfredo T. Laboy's job would be in jeopardy if he doesn't pass a mandatory literacy test by December.

''If he hasn't passed by then, we'd have to evaluate at that time whether to open up a search for a new superintendent,'' said chairman James Peyser. ''There is certainly a point at which time runs out, and we're approaching that in this case.''

by Ken Maguire

Fri, Aug. 1st, 2003, 08:53 am
5500: AP via Yahoo! News: Survey: Support for First Amendment Up

Support for the First Amendment is on the rise and many Americans want more information about how the government is fighting the war on terrorism, a survey released Friday shows.

The nationwide telephone poll of 1,000 adults found that 19 percent of respondents strongly agreed that the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees. That number was down sharply from the 41 percent found on last year's survey, conducted nine months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

By Russ Oates
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