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Fri, Aug. 1st, 2003, 08:47 am
5500: NYT: Paris Journal: Back to Barricades: Liberty, Equality, Sisterhood

. . . the face of France is changing. This month, 13 women, eight of them North African Muslim and African immigrants or the children of immigrants, were chosen to reflect the country's ideal face, or faces.

Oversize color photographs of the women are covering the colonnades of the 18th-century palace that houses the National Assembly in an exhibition titled "Mariannes of Today."

By Elaine Sciolino

Thu, Jul. 31st, 2003, 09:29 am
5500: Boston Globe: Refusing help, woman gives birth aboard T

A 42-year-old Braintree woman gave birth to a baby boy while standing on an inbound Red Line train yesterday morning, refusing help from stunned passengers who heard her moan and seconds later looked down to find her baby on the floor.

By C. Kalimah Redd and Mac Daniel, Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff

Wed, Jul. 30th, 2003, 09:07 pm
5500: AP via Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Gator scandal: Football guide features crocodile

A large crocodile -- and not the school's namesake alligator mascot -- is featured on the cover of the University of Florida's 2003 football media guide.

A photo of Florida coach Ron Zook leading the team onto the field is superimposed over the olive green crocodile. The words "Florida" and "2003 Football Guide" also appear on the front, but the word "Gators" is absent.


[ed. note: as an fsu alum, we're always pleased to point out the foibles of uf. i remember going to a florida/florida state basketball game, and the uf cheerleaders came out with flags that were meant to spell G-A-T-O-R-S. sadly, they were instead positioned as G-A-T-R-O-S. i still laugh about it all these years later... haha.]

Wed, Jul. 30th, 2003, 01:57 pm
5500: NYT: Traffic Tips for Los Angeles Best Taken With a Pinch of Kimchi

There is another truism, says Seong Un Joe, a radio celebrity and one of the best-known men in Koreatown, who is known to his audience by a Korean name that translates loosely as Dr. Driving.

"Koreans cannot drive, that is fair to say," says the doctor, a Korean-American who is 44 and owns the Vija Driving and Traffic School. "They are wild. They don't stay in the rules and don't bother to know the proper etiquette."

By Charlie LeDuff

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2003, 07:25 pm
5500: AP via Orlando Sentinel: Stuart woman campaigning for 'Trust God' license plate

A 46-year-old woman wants the Legislature to approve a ``Trust God'' license plate, with the profits used for Christian purposes.


Fri, Jul. 25th, 2003, 08:37 pm
5500: NYT: After 58 Years, the Beetle Gets to the End of the Road

On Wednesday the last Volkswagen Beetle will roll off the assembly line at the VW plant in Puebla, Mexico. It will be the first time in 58 years that the Beetle has not been in production somewhere in the world.

By Phil Patton

[ed. note: my first car was a 1974 superbeetle...older than i was. i drove that car for at least two and a half years - it served me well. may the beetle rest in peace.]

Fri, Jul. 25th, 2003, 01:03 am
5500: Pew Research Center: Religion and Politics: Contention and Consensus

Religion is a critical factor these days in the public's thinking about contentious policy issues and political matters. An increasing number of Americans have come to view Islam as a religion that encourages violence while a declining number say Islam has a lot in common with their own religion. The public remains divided over whether churches should stay out of politics, even as large numbers say they are comfortable with expressions of faith by political leaders. There also is evidence that next year's presidential vote may again provoke deep religious divisions over social issues, especially homosexual marriage.


Wed, Jul. 23rd, 2003, 07:45 am
5500: Gay.com / PlanetOut.com via Yahoo! News: ACLU boosts case against Florida ban

The American Civil Liberties Union bolstered its pending challenge to Florida's ban on gay adoptions by citing last month's historic Supreme Court decision.

by Ann Rostow
long link

Wed, Jul. 23rd, 2003, 07:38 am
5500: The Sun: Garden party guest drops pants . . .

A teenager dropped his pants in front of the Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday — then ran past slapping his bottom and shouting: “Wahey!”

by Paul Thompson

[ed.- n.b. the appended plea: ARE you the streaker — or do you know him? Call The Sun newsdesk on 020 7782 4105.]

Wed, Jul. 23rd, 2003, 12:05 am
5500: Guardian: The fab one

After being grilled thoroughly about the David Kelly affair by a group of students in Beijing, the prime minister was asked to sing a song. He refused, so his wife came to the rescue - with a rendition of the Beatles' "When I'm 64." But was Cherie any good?


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