. . . 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 Sciolinohttp://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/01/international/europe/01PARI.html
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.http://www.ajc.com/uga/content/sports/0703/30croc.html
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.]
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 LeDuffhttp://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/30/national/30DRIV.html
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 Pattonhttp://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/27/automobiles/27vdub.html
[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.]
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. http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=189
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 Rostowlong link
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 Thompsonhttp://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2003332526,00.html
- n.b. the appended plea: ARE you the streaker — or do you know him? Call The Sun newsdesk on 020 7782 4105.]