Starr in our eyes obscures other news Updates: This just in ... there is life outside the White House and D.C. Who knew?

September 19, 1998|By Rob Hiaasen | Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF

Gosh. Has a whole week really gone by since the Starr Report leapt out of its box and took front pages and TV networks everywhere hostage? It may seem impossible, but there were other things going on in the world this past week. As a public service, here's what happened in other news:

A psychiatrist's report detailed how convicted killer Theodore Kaczynski, nicknamed the Unabomber, secretly wished to be a Unabombette. The report, based on interviews with the imprisoned Kaczynski, suggests his career in homemade-bomb building was fueled less by technophobia than a frustrated desire for a sex-change operation.

Once upon a time, there was a young girl from Boulder, Colo. -- a true beauty queen. JonBenet Ramsey's body was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her home nearly two years ago. Since then, police and prosecutors have arrested zero suspects. This week, possible progress: A grand jury convened to investigate the 1996 murder.

Did you see the story about fewer high school kids having sex? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that for the first time this decade, more than half of America's high school students say they haven't had sex. Virgins appear to be in the majority. (The CDC, it should be noted, did not provide a legal definition of sex.)

As of August, 65 children had been killed by air bags -- including a 7-year-old girl named Alison. Her father, Robert Sanders of Baltimore, organized Parents for Safer Air Bags. "Thanks in no small measure to Sanders' dogged, painful crusade," the federal government announced new safety standards for air bags to ensure the safety of children, The Sun reported.

The Atlanta Braves clinched their seventh straight East Division title. The Florida Marlins, last year's World Series champions, notched their 102nd loss.

Move over, Mark McGwire. The Nevada Athletic Commission (which would sanction a Pete Rose prizefight) is expected to decide this week whether former champ Mike Tyson can fight in Nevada. Provided Mike doesn't 1) bite their ears off; 2) use really bad language; 3) attack them during a minor traffic accident, the commission should give Mike the green light.

Speaking of Vegas, Gennifer Flowers launched her new singing career on the Strip, where she sang "Who's Got the Last Laugh Now?" and "Why Haven't I Heard From You?"

Insiders say Flowers' act does not involve a single cigar.

Country singer George Jones turned 67. This matters.

In Barnstable, Mass., a whale watch boat that had been showing off the animals to hundreds of passengers struck and killed a 20-foot minke whale. A marine researcher, who was at the helm, promptly announced that he "is studying whether choppy water makes it harder for whales to hear boats." Proving, once again, you can't keep a good marine researcher down.

Finally, "The Simpsons" begins its 10th season this Sunday. Now that's news.

Pub Date: 9/19/98

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