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By United Press International   |   Oct. 19, 2004 at 6:00 PM
Nude women's peace sign stirs controversy

SWANSEA, Mo., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Swansea police officers asked a St. Louis-area business to hide a weekly newspaper from public view because of a picture of naked women forming a peace sign.

The 57 women posed for the photograph to bring attention to "Peace Out!" -- a night of music, dancing and poetry to protest the war in Iraq, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday.

"We put it out there knowing it was a provocative image, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that a police department would take action to remove the publication from a newsstand," said Tom Finkel, editor of the weekly Riverfront Times.

Police went to Huck's Food and Fuel at the request of Swansea Mayor Chip Gray, who said he didn't believe the picture was appropriate.

Swansea Deputy Police Chief Steve Krakowiecki said the manager had received copies of the Riverfront Times, but they had not yet displayed when the officers arrived.

"The most we would have done was to ask them to move them out of public view, but it didn't come to that," he said.

The store manager discarded all copies after she saw the picture.


U.S. Internet domain squatters busy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- There's a new twist in speculating on Internet domain names involving posting negative information about political candidates, the Washington Times reported.

Looking not so much for profit, but for political satisfaction, Susan Payne of Maryland became involved in the campaign duel between Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen and his Republican challenger Charles Floyd.

Floyd owns several sites with variations of Van Hollen's name, and has used them as attack ads, the Washington Times said Monday.

Floyd used the same tactic. But Payne, registered as an independent, bought more than 30 domain names -- including Floyd4congress.com -- for $10 each. She then told the Floyd campaign she will post negative information she has found about Floyd unless he removes the negative Van Hollen sites.

Elizabeth Rader, a lawyer specializing in intellectual property and Internet law, said she advises such domain owners to post disclaimers and links to real sites, and disclose the site is intended to be a parody.

"There's a lot of stupid people out there -- they could probably find some people who believed it was real," Rader said.


Marine Corps marathoner to run backwards

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Mike Henderson, a runner in the Oct. 31 U.S. Marine Corps Marathon, says he plans to run the 26.2-mile race through the nation's capital backwards.

Henderson, a 40-year-old personal trainer from Deep River, Conn., told WTOP-AM he's doing the stunt to draw attention to the facts that good nutrition and exercise are the paths to being healthy.

"It's the real way forward to change health care -- by getting us healthy," Henderson said.

However, running while facing backwards will take a toll on Henderson.

"The punishment that goes on to your knees is enormous because you're transitioning your body to do the opposite of what it's meant to do," said Henderson, who's been training since December.

"I get up at 2:45 a.m. so I can train until 8 o'clock pretty much every morning, seven days a week."


British TV show subtitles foul language

LONDON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A British television show devoted to exposing on-screen mistakes supplied one of its own by showing subtitles of the foul language it had bleeped.

"Outtake TV" on BBC-1 mistakenly provided the subtitles designed to assist people with hearing problems, but telecast the full details of the profanities considered unsuitable for other viewers, the Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

The prime-time series is hosted by Anne Robinson, who gained fame in Britain and the United States as host of "The Weakest Link.

The show is advertised as containing "bits they didn't want you to see," which exposes "embarrassing moments and outlandish outtakes."

After a viewer complaint, the U.K. media regulator Ofcom investigated and found a breakdown in communication, the BBC described as "a very unfortunate misunderstanding between departments," resulted in the subtitling department not omitting the unwholesome language.

However, no further action was taken because the BBC promised to tighten its future checking procedures.

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