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Of Human Interest: News-lite

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   Oct. 26, 2001 at 4:45 AM   |   Comments

TV PSYCHIC PLANS TO REACH OUT TO SEPT. 11 VICTIMS

TV psychic John Edward will try to communicate with people who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks in several episodes of his syndicated show "Crossing Over with John Edward."

Anticipating that some viewers might be concerned about the propriety of Edward's plan, an executive of Studios USA -- which produces the show -- told Broadcasting & Cable magazine that the shows "will be done tastefully ... and won't be exploitative."

The executive said it was not Edward's idea to try to communicate with the souls of terror victims -- it was first suggested by relatives of the victims.

Regardless of whose idea it was, Studios USA and Edward must like it a lot. The episodes are scheduled to run during the November ratings sweeps period.

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


SOCCER DAD SLUGS PLAYER, ENDS UP IN COURT

A Massachusetts man faces assault and battery charges after he rushed onto the field and punched an opposing player during a boys' high school soccer game.

Kieran Whelan, 45, of Weymouth pleaded innocent Wednesday. He's due back in court Nov. 21.

Reports said the incident occurred with less than a minute to go in the match after Weymouth broke a 0-0 tie and scored what proved to be the winning goal against rival Framingham.

As the clock ticked down, Framingham's Eric Dannenberg slide-tackled Weymouth's Matt Walsh, knocking Walsh down. It was ruled a legal tackle and play continued.

That was when Whelan allegedly went onto the field, tripped Dannenberg and then punched him twice when he got up, according to the Metrowest Daily newspaper in Framingham.

Framingham athletic director Jim O'Connor said "all hell broke loose" as players, parents and fans rushed the field. A police officer on duty helped restore order and arrested Whelan.

Dannenberg was not seriously injured but was expected to be out the rest of the season.

"Parents lose it when they go to their kids' games," said league official Bill Gaine. "... They turn from fan to fanatic."

Weymouth School Superintendent Robert West agreed. "Sometimes we give adults too much credit," he told the Boston Herald. "The kids can act more like adults sometimes."


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

British satirical magazine Private Eye is celebrating is 40th birthday, or -- as editor Ian Hislop puts it -- its "41st and final" year.

The publication's recent "war on terrorism" issue was a classic, poking fun at President George Bush's brains and his resolve. The cover ran the photo of Bush being informed of the Sept. 11 attack by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, with a bubble from Bush's mouth saying "Armageddon outtahere." Another showed Bush conferring with Secretary of State Colin Powell. Bush says, "I'm relying on intelligence," and Powell says to himself "Uh, oh!"

Confident of outraging many readers, the Eye ran a special "cancel your subscription now" insert. It worked. Sales are down 4 percent.

(From UPI Hears)


NOT TONIGHT, DEAR, MY NOSE ISN'T WORKING

A new study suggests some women may not be in the mood for sex because the birth control pills they take could be blocking their sense of smell.

Italian researchers at the University of Catania said oral contraceptive use can blunt a woman's sense of smell -- particularly during ovulation, when the sense of smell is highest.

Scientists Luigi Maiolino and Giorgia Intelisano told UPI smell is key for sexual arousal in most species, including humans. However, they cautioned that more study is needed and smell is not all that drives libido. "It's not easy to establish all the component parts of libido," Maiolino explained.


REASONS TO CELEBRATE THIS WEEKEND:

FRIDAY: This is Frankenstein Friday, honoring the "mother" and "father" of Frankenstein: author Mary Shelley and actor Boris Karloff. 2001 marks the 70th anniversary of the classic movie.

Today is Horseless Carriage Day. It's also Mule Day, commemorating the anniversary, in 1785, of the first importation of Spanish jacks to the United States.

And this is National Day, a holiday, in Austria.

SATURDAY: Today is Make A Difference Day, a national day of community service sponsored annually by USA Weekend magazine. (Web site: makeadifferenceday.com)

This is Crank Co-Workers Day. (Web site: wellcat.com)

It's also Navy Day.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrate its Independence Day today. So does the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan.

SUNDAY: Daylight Saving Time ends and Standard Time resumes this morning at 2 o'clock (local time) in most areas of the United States.

Today is Mother-In-Law Day.

This is Reformation Sunday, on which many Protestant churches commemorate the day (Oct. 31) in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg's Palace church, protesting the sale of papal indulgences.

The Czech Republic celebrates the Foundation of the Republic, a national holiday, today.

And today is Ohi Day in Greece, celebrating Greek resistance during World War II. "Ohi" means "no" in Greek.

MONDAY: Turkey celebrates Republic Day, marking the founding of the republic in 1923.

(Thanks to Chase's 2001 Calendar of Events)


BY THE WAY...

Today is Hillary Rodham Clinton's birthday. Where was she born?

Sen. Clinton was born in Park Ridge, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

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