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Jockstrip: The World As We Know It

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   Jan. 7, 2002 at 4:45 AM   |   Comments

BUT WILL THEY BE MASTERS OF THEIR OWN DOMAIN?

The NBC game show, "Weakest Link," will stage another of its tributes to classic TV shows on Jan. 13 when the show features appearances by actors who've appeared over the years on "Seinfeld."

The "Seinfeld Sidekicks" edition will feature actors Danny Woodburn (Mickey the little person), Estelle Harris (George's mom Estelle), Phil Morris (Jackie Chiles), Brenda Strong (Sue Ellen Mishkie "the braless wonder"), Susan Walters (Mulva/Dolores), Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi), Liz Sheridan (Jerry's mom Helen) and Brian George (Babu Bhatt) -- all playing for their favorite charities.

"Weakest Link" has celebrated "Classic TV Kids," "The Brady Bunch," "Comedians" and "Newsmakers" with past special editions.

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


THINGS WE DON'T UNDERSTAND

Entertainment Network, Inc. is accusing Tampa municipal officials of squandering city resources by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to help them shut down the cyberspace dormitory that houses VoyeurDorm.com.

City Attorney James D. Palermo has appealed a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Last fall, the appellate court ruled against the city, saying the city's zoning ordinances do not apply to the residence where college coeds live before Webcameras, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The appeals court said VoyeurDorm.com operates essentially in cyberspace, not the city of Tampa.

Internet subscribers paying a monthly fee to peek at the residents as they study, work out, bathe and live the lives of college coeds. The Court of Appeals ruled that VoyeurDorm.com is not subject to adult use zoning ordinances that were designed to regulate stores, nightclubs and other places where sexually-oriented business is conducted.


NEWS OF OTHER LIFE FORMS

Dolly, the world's first cloned sheep, has developed arthritis and scientists are worried it could be the result of a genetic defect possibly caused by the cloning process itself.

Professor Ian Wilmut, who headed the Scottish-based team that created Dolly in 1996, said the animal has arthritis in her left hind leg at the hip and the knee -- an unusual ailment for a sheep that young. He told journalists that he and other scientists at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh were concerned Dolly may be a victim of premature aging and that the condition could have been triggered by a genetic defect while she was being cloned.

Wilmut said the scientists were "very disappointed, and we will have to keep a careful eye on her. We will be monitoring her condition to see how it develops. ... In every other way, she is perfectly healthy, and she has given birth to six healthy lambs."


TODAY'S SIGN THE WORLD IS ENDING

French President Jacques Chirac -- comfortably ahead in the opinion polls as he faces re-election in April at the age of 69 -- has not been at all damaged by the new memoirs of his former chauffeur that contain salacious accounts of the romantic dalliances of the man they call "le bulldozer." Even liberated Frenchwomen do not seem fazed by the revelation that Chirac's female staff referred to the old goat as "Monsieur three minutes -- shower included."

(Thanks to UPI Hears)


AND FINALLY, TODAY'S UPLIFTING STORY

A family in Maui, Hawaii, paid tribute to New York City firefighters this holiday season when they added to their extensive holiday lawn display. Clifford, De Mello, a retired fire captain, and his son Daine created the New York scene after receiving a sweatshirt from a friend in New York following the Sept. 11 attacks. It depicted three New York City firefighters, the American flag and a commemorative sign. The De Mellos took down their holiday exhibit down after the New Year but left the tribute to New York's Bravest standing.

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