Battle Of The Bottles
We got so busy with the fires and the Fourth that we didn't get a chance to tell you about the 'Ralph and Calvin' fight. Calvin Klein thinks Ralph Lauren's bottle for the new "Romance" perfume looks too much like his "Eternity" bottle. See 'em in court!
Gotta Be The Clothes
Appearances can mean a lot in China, so it may be worth noting that the usually dapper President Jiang Zemin showed up in a green Mao suit for his first inspection of Chinese troops stationed in Hong Kong. So much for the old. When he dedicated the new airport, he was in a snappy business suit with a bright red tie.
John Lennon's Band
John Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen, got back together to play a Connecticut casino. They're all in their late 50's now. Some trivia: the group was named after Quarry Bank Prep School in Liverpool.
Cash On Delivery
Health care update. A California hospital apologizes for denying a common childbirth anesthesia to a woman who couldn't pay cash up front. The hospital promises it won't happen again. For the record, it's the Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
Jackpot Gone Bust
Wilnette Byrd is thinking about suing the Casino of the Sun near Tucson. She was playing the slots when coins jammed. A casino mechanic came over, fixed things, and told her to play on. She hit a million-dollar jackpot. Now the casino says the mechanic left the machine in the "test" modeÂ—not meant for gamblers. Wilnette's lawyer says that's not her fault. Stay tuned.
One Man's Junk . . .
And we want to make sure you hear about Lonnie Holly. His folk artÂ—made from stuff that others throw outÂ—has been displayed at the White House and the Smithsonian. He was wounded in the hand and arm as, he says, four people shot up his new Alabama house. Police call it a property dispute.
Home Is Where The Head Is
Eleven preserved and tattooed heads of indigenous Maori tribesmen were returned to the Maori of New Zealand more than a hundred years after they were spirited off to Britain. They're sacred to the Maori.
In Search Of Mammoth Sperm
British scientists join colleagues from Russia and Japan in eastern Siberia in a hunt for frozen mammoths. Actually, they're looking for frozen mammoth sperm to fertilize elephants and breed hybrids. They figure that after successive generations of such breeding, they'll come up with something close to the original, extinct beast.
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