Pageant official labels diuretic requests 'a joke'
At least two contestants at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., have asked a fellow contestant who is a physician to prescribe diuretics for them during their quest for the rhinestone crown.
"I wasn't sure if they were kidding or not," said Dr. Carrie Lee Davis, 26, who is Miss South Carolina. Diuretics, commonly in pill form, cause the kidneys to remove water from the body, which has the effect of reducing weight.
"I said, 'No, those things are terrible for you,' " said Dr. Davis, who declined to name the women. The first doctor to compete in the pageant, Dr. Davis is completing her resident training at Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina.
Leonard C. Horn, chairman of the Miss America Organization, said yesterday that he investigated and concluded "it was just a joke."
Civil rights pioneer feted in Atlanta
The Rev. C. T. Vivian, a former member of Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner circle, was honored at a weekend ceremony in Atlanta for 45 years of fighting for civil rights.
"It seems like from the day he was born, he was shouting out a cry for justice," Andrew Young, himself a one-time King lieutenant who later served as mayor of Atlanta, told 400 people at a downtown hotel.
Mr. Vivian, 69, is best remembered as the man who was clubbed by police while trying to register black voters in Selma, Ala. on Feb. 15, 1965. He rose dripping with blood and demanded: "Don't beat us; arrest us." Today he uses his Atlanta-based Center for Democratic Renewal to monitor white supremacists, who he says are a different breed than in the early days of the civil rights movement.
6-year-old fields runaway 3-year-old
Javon Saucier was playing football in New Haven, Conn., when he made a 30-yard -- to complete the greatest reception of his life: catching a 3-year-old neighbor falling from a window.
"I knew I could catch him," 6-year-old Javon said. "People were calling me, 'Javon, the hero.' "
Javon's neighbor, Brandon Ellison, was trying to sneak out of his house Thursday night through his second-floor window, about 15-feet off the ground. Javon was playing football in the parking lot below when he saw Brandon squirming to pull himself back on the ledge.
"Let go, I'll catch you," Javon shouted after running over. Brandon let go, missing a lower window ledge by inches as he fell into Javon's arms. Neither boy was hurt.
Film casting irks Zimbabwean villagers
A film starring Danny Glover and directed by Morgan Freeman has become embroiled in a row between Zimbabwean villagers and local officials, a newspaper reported yesterday.
The independent Sunday Times said villagers at Goromonzi, 15 miles east of Harare, complain government officials grabbed jobs for themselves and their relatives as extras in the movie "Bhopa," a political drama about racial injustice in neighboring South Africa.
Community spokesman Fanuel Matara said unemployed villagers should have been hired instead of officials he said were neglecting their duties to appear in the film. He said villagers asked their local legislator to intervene.
"Lone Ranger" Clayton Moore is 78. TV newscaster Hughes Rudd is 71. Actress Zoe Caldwell is 59. Author Kate Millett is 58.