Of Human Interest: News-lite

By ELLEN BECK, United Press International  |  June 25, 2002 at 4:30 AM
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TV's longest-running soap, Guiding Light, turns the big 5-0 June 30 and will air episode 16,401. Fans probably noticed a new opening sequence to the CBS show, which debuted Monday in honor of the milestone.

The show was created by Irna Phillips and debuted on Jan. 25, 1937 as a 15-minute radio series. It was then and continues to be sponsored by Procter & Gamble Productions, which is credited for giving the "soap" part of the name to soap opera.

The Guiding Light storyline was among the first to deal with social issues. In 1962, it revealed Bert Bauer's uterine cancer was detected early via a Pap smear. Since then, topics have included domestic violence, birth control and a variety of health issues, all mixed in with romance, heartbreaks and difficult relationships.

Among the celebrities who were first seen on the show are Kevin Bacon, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson and Billy Dee Williams.


The apartment want ads in Hong Kong may be a bit spooky as the local housing authority is putting 77 so-called haunted public flats on the market.

The South China Morning Post reports the properties include one in Tsz Wan Shan, where a father killed his two young children and himself last January. Other sites also have seen gruesome crimes and tragedies. No reports that spirits are included in the rent.

The apartments are among those considered less desirable and are being offered to help poor families who have trouble finding affordable housing in a very expensive city.

All of the units will be available immediately and renters can be non-permanent residents.


The Hollywood Walk of Fame will welcome Kevin Bacon, Drew Carey, Robert Duvall, Etta James, Susan Sarandon, Martin Scorsese and Kermit the Frog next year.

Johnny Grant, chairman of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame Committee and honorary mayor of Hollywood, announced the Class of '03.

"This year's honorees met all the criteria in longevity, professional achievement and contributions to the community," said Grant.

Beau Bridges, the Osmond Family, Gilda Radner, Isabel Sanford and Suzanne Somers will get stars in the TV category. Michael Bolton, Carole King and Earl Scruggs will be honored for their recording careers. Betty Garrett, Doris Roberts and Richard Rodgers are among the honorees in the stage category.

(Thanks to UPI's Pat Nason in Hollywood)


A new poll finds 9 out of 10 workers surveyed end up taking their work home with them. Part of the reason is technology now allows many people to work from home but Charles Huddleston, of the Arnall Golden Gregory employment law group, says one pitfall is potentially uncompensated time.

"The poll sheds some light on why we're seeing a huge number of employee class-action suits over uncompensated time for work performed outside the regular workplace," Huddleston says. He sites the suit by Intel workers against the computer chip company that deals with deciding which at-home workers are entitled to overtime.

The "America At Work" public opinion survey, commissioned by the Employment Law Alliance, was released Monday at the annual meeting of the Society for Human Resource Management in Philadelphia. The national poll of 1,000 men and women focused on non-exempt or non-management employees who normally are eligible for overtime pay.

One finding was 20 percent of the workers surveyed said their employer's compensation policies for working outside the office "take advantage" of them.

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