Dangerous flying Master magician Doug Henning says he can make stress, taxes, debt and disease disappear, and he is running for political office in Canada to bring inner peace to all.
In a Toronto news conference, he said if his Natural Law Party wins Canada's Oct. 25 general elections, it vows to employ a team of 7,000 flying yoga practitioners in the country's capital to meditate and cure all of Canada's ills.
"Canada needs to align itself with nature and gain the support of nature. The Natural Law Party is going to do that by making a . . . government that's as perfect as the government of nature that governs the whole universe . . . without a problem," he said.
Turner, Sheen host party in Gettysburg
Ted Turner tipped his hat to Yankee hospitality with a block party in Gettysburg, Pa., celebrating the opening of his epic movie about the pivotal Civil War battle waged just outside the town.
On Friday, 3,000 guests were treated to food, music, a showing of "Gettysburg" and a chance to chat with actor Martin Sheen, who stars as Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The movie, which premiered in Washington on Monday, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Killer Angels," by the late Michael Shaara. It recounts the three-day clash in July 1863 that left 50,000 soldiers dead.
Mr. Sheen credited about 4,000 Civil War re-enactment buffs who worked on the movie for helping him capture the spirit of the famed general.
Garcia takes a dive for better health
Legendary Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia turned 50 last year tipping the scales at 300 pounds, puffing three packs of smokes a day and surviving mainly on junk food.
A year later, Mr. Garcia is a different man. Slimmed-down and a nonsmoker, he eats vegetarian food, takes long walks, has a personal fitness trainer and now gets high from ocean diving.
"Diving takes up a lot of the space that drugs used to," Mr. Garcia said in the New Yorker's Oct. 11 issue. "It's an active, physical form of meditation.
Ted Kennedy Jr. to wed in R.I. today
Edward Kennedy Jr., son of the senator from Massachusetts, ties the knot today with Katherine Anne "Kiki" Gershman on Rhode Island's Block Island.
The bridegroom, 32, is in law school at the University of Connecticut, and Ms. Gershman, 34, teaches psychiatry at Yale and has a practice in New Haven, Conn.
Ryder offers reward for kidnapped girl
Actress Winona Ryder offered a $200,000 reward yesterday to help gain the safe return of a 12-year-old girl, saying videotapes of the kidnapped youngster stirred memories of her own childhood in Petaluma, Calif.
Ms. Ryder said a recent "America's Most Wanted" broadcast showed a home video of Polly Klaas, acting on the same junior high school stage on which Ms. Ryder began her acting career, also at age 12.
The reward money, which the city of Petaluma will handle, will go to anyone providing information leading to the safe return of the girl, who was abducted from her home Oct. 1, police said.
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