by Gary GentleAP
Business, via Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionThe 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.http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/1203/12hefner.html
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.http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,11711,1047823,00.html
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.http://uk.news.yahoo.com/030813/80/e64ml.html
"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 Montmartrehttp://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/10/travel/10amelie.html
"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 Kolatahttp://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/12/health/12PHYS.html
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 Maguirehttp://www.boston.com/dailynews/216/region/School_leader_under_pressure_t:.shtml
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 Oateslong link