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By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International  |  June 12, 2002 at 4:26 AM
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Court officials in Spokane, Wash., may get a chance to view a surveillance tape that could show an incident that may have led to a fit of rage that had fatal consequences. Television station KREM is reporting that a video, shot in a convenience store, may show a woman giving her phone number to the clerk in the store minutes before she was allegedly killed by her boyfriend.

The station says that the surveillance tape shows Jessie VinCamp exchanging a phone number with the clerk in the wee hours of May 3. Several days later her boyfriend, Daniel Brose, was arrested after VinCamp went missing.

Prosecutors say they will try to use DNA evidence taken from bloodstains in one of Brose's vehicles to link him to the woman's murder.


"Casablanca" is famous for many things, not to mention the final line where Bogey tells Claude Rains (who stole the movie) that they will have a bright future ahead of them as they escape the Nazis. All of this comes just moments after Bogey loses Ingrid Bergman to Paul Henreid. "Casablanca" proves you can have a great love story without the hero and heroine walking off into the sunset.

Maybe that's why the movie has been chosen to top the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest love stories on film.

Ironically, the top three movies all end with no one walking arm-in-arm into the sunset. "Gone With the Wind," sees Gable leaving Leigh at the door in the classic "I don't give a damn" scene. It's No. 2. "West Side Story" sees everyone leaving the rumble to the strains of Leonard Bernstein's strident music, after one of the boys puts dead Tony's coat over Natalie Wood's shoulders.

The remaining seven in the top 10 are: "Roman Holiday," "An Affair to Remember," "The Way We Were," "Dr. Zhivago," "It's a Wonderful Life," "Love Story" and "City Lights." Thanks to UPI's Pat Nason for his contacts with the AFI for the details.


The FDA says that distributors of a popular kind of sesame seed are cooperating in a federal recall of the product. The agency, on its Web site, says that Astor Sesame Seeds and Fischer's Greens Seasonings may contain salmonella, the bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

The seeds were packaged as a stand-alone product and also mixed with other ingredients, in the case of the seasonings.

The products were sold in much of the nation.

The seeds were sold in 1- and 2-ounce sizes; the seasonings in a 29-ounce container.

Stores where the items sold were in Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Ohio. For more information call 888-893-3836.


You think we have problems in this country in the wake of Sept. 11 because of added security, particularly at airports. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, American citizens with family members abroad are in even worse shape.

The publication says that new travel restrictions may keep families from being reunited if more stringent visa restrictions are enacted.

In the case of one family -- spotlighted in a recent article on the subject -- the publication says that it took three applications, a letter from a member of Congress and a personal plea at the American embassy in India before a citizen of that country was allowed a visa to come to the States to visit her ailing mother.

In addition, the INS is suggesting that visas -- currently good for six months -- only be good for a single month.

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