Fidel's Kind Words
Did you hear about Fidel Castro's kind words for President Clinton? No kidding. He says that Mr. Clinton is "defending himself with dignity" against all those sex charges. We're not sure the President is pleased that Castro brought it up.
Scent Of A Roach
There's new roach research out of the University of Florida, my old stomping grounds. They're debunking a long-held belief that cockroaches don't use a sense of smell. They doÂ—with their antennae. And, like ants, they leave little chemical trails between food and water sources for other roaches to follow.
A Texas court ruled that a teacher may be put on trial for bringing her pet dog to class for show-and-tell and letting it bite a student. The teacher argued that state law protects teachers from lawsuits related to their teaching duties. The court ruled that in this case, no way!
One Good Lookin' Brit
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair joins Tom Selleck and Leonardo DiCaprio on an elite list: People magazine's roster of "The Most Beautiful People in the World". Way to go, Tony.
Picture an Arab conference of trade unionists and politicians in Baghdad. A pro-Arafat delegate took the podium and an anti-Arafat delegate called him a spy and shouted him down. Then chants: "Long Live Arafat". Then fists flew. A real brawl. Those who were there tell us that Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President, who were hosting the event, just looked on in amazement.
Road Slippery When. . .
This was probably an oft-told story around Ohio. The intersection of I-74 and I-75 at Cincinnati was a mess for a long time. A tanker truck carrying animal fat flipped. The ramps were a little slippery for awhile.
Students Of Complacency
Picture Beijing University. It's known as Bei Da, and it just turned 100 years old. It's been a center of political dissent. But recent graduates tell us that, now, it's more a place for computers and posters of U.S. basketball players. They say that students think more of their personal future than the country's. Sound familiar?
Still On The Brink
We include an obituary for a wonderful use of the language. Award winning novelist and photographer Wright Morris died. His tales of the American plains have been favorably compared with work by Faulkner and Willa Cather. The line came from a critic, who said Morris remained "permanetly on the brink of a major reputation."