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Jockstrip: The world as we know it

By ALEX CUKAN, United Press International   |   Oct. 10, 2003 at 7:28 AM   |   Comments

GHETTOPOLY: NOT A 'BORED' GAME

Ghettopoly is a new board game that sends players to buy stolen property and acquire the most money, like Monopoly.

The banker is a lone shark and if a player lands on stolen property they must pay "protection fees."

"The graphics on the board depict every race in the country and both genders," the game's creator, David Chang, says in a statement.

"It draws on stereotypes not as a means to degrade, but as a medium to bring us together in laughter."

If we can't laugh at ourselves and how we each utilize the various stereotypes, then we'll continue to live in blame and bitterness, according to Chang.

Redneckopoly comes in fall 2003.


POLICE ALLEGE PRIEST SKIMMED MONEY

New York City police officers investigating obscene phone calls made to a Brooklyn high school have arrested a priest.

Police allege Rev. John Johnston skimmed $88,000 from a the collection plate of a Long Island church where he celebrated Mass for 25 years, the New York Post reports.

When investigators asked Johnston about the donations they said he told them, "That's my 401(k) plan."

Once police searched the Johnston's Jackson Heights, they tell the Post, they found an unlicensed gun, gay porn and a large collection of Nazi items, including helmets, daggers, medals and busts of Hitler's leaders.


BILLBOARD WARS -- ROUND TWO

There's been another battle in the war of the billboards between CNN and Fox News.

A billboard located near the CNN Center in Atlanta, says "Come Home Connie. CNN Needs You. Brought to You by Your Friends at Fox News."

It's a catty reference to the fact Paula Zhan's program, "Paula Zahn Now," which replaced "Connie Chung Tonight" in March, prompting Chung to leave the network, is doing poorly in the ratings, the Atlantic Journal-Constitution reports.

In February, CNN put up a billboard across from Fox News, in Manhattan, featuring Paula Zahn. It read, "Real News Makes the Difference."


LEWIS AND CLARK: THE MUSICAL

The 8,000-mile exploration of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark has been the subject of books and movies, but now there's Lewis and Clark -- the musical.

An original musical of the epic journey is being produced by three Creighton University professors just in time for the 200th anniversary of the duo's historic 1804 Voyage of Discovery.

The musical, "Lewis and Clark Part One: Manifest Destiny," debuts at the Creighton's Lied Education Center for the Arts in Omaha Nov. 13 and runs through Nov. 16.

The script is written from the perspective of York, Clark's personal servant and the only black man on the expedition.

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