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|Female Anatomy Inspired Stonehenge |
By Jennifer Viegas
Vancouver February 28, 2003 (Discovery) — The design of Stonehenge, the 4,800-year-old monument in southwestern England, was based on female sexual anatomy, according to a paper in the current Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The theory could explain why the ancients constructed Stonehenge and similar monuments throughout the United Kingdom.
Anthony Perks, a professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver, and a doctor at the university's Women's Hospital, first thought of Stonehenge's connection to women after noticing how some of the stones were smooth, while others were left rough.
"It must have taken enormous effort to smooth the stones," Perks, co-author of the journal paper, told Discovery News.
Thinking how estrogen causes a woman's skin to be smoother than a man's, the observation led Perks to further analyze the monument in anatomical terms.
He noticed how the inner stone trilithons were arranged in a more elliptical, or egg-shaped, pattern than a true circle. Comparing the layout with the shape of female sexual organs showed surprising parallels.
Stonehenge February 24, 2003 (WSWS) - Archaeologists have discovered that a body excavated near Stonehenge last year is a man who originated in Switzerland, Austria or southern Germany. The 4,000-year-old burial is contemporary with one of the early phases of building at Stonehenge, suggesting that the man may have been connected with the monument.
Interestingly, a younger man buried nearby, who shares a skeletal abnormality with the older man suggesting that the two may be related, had a different oxygen isotope ratio in his teeth.
He seems to have grown up in southern England or Ireland, while a wisdom tooth seems to have been formed while he was in Northeast Scotland.
Only a handful of these objects have ever been found. To find two such graves together marks these individuals out as something quite exceptional within Early Bronze Age society.
These early metal users had not yet learned to alloy copper with tin to make bronze. But they had a wider range of technology at their disposal than the existing inhabitants of the area, who could not work metal.
The presence of copper presupposes enough geological knowledge to identify copper ores, the ability to organize mining and the metallurgical knowledge to extract the metal, the skill to construct heat resistant crucibles for melting the copper, the ability to make moulds for casting and the ability to sharpen and temper the finished casting.
In the older man’s grave was a distinctive stone object which, it is thought, was used as an anvil or hammer stone for working copper, suggesting that he possessed the new metal working skills.
The source of bell beakers and their associated artifacts has long been a matter of controversy. In the nineteenth century when they were first systematically studied, they were thought to be evidence of a migration or invasion of new people. But by the later twentieth century this explanation was increasingly being rejected. It was then suggested that instead of the beakers being evidence of a movement of people, they were the result of a change in fashion that was connected with the emergence of a social elite who wanted to distinguish themselves by the display of luxury goods.
As for the arrows they could suggest hunting, or a smith with a well-developed sense of self-preservation.
Stone circles and henges predate the appearance of bell beakers and do not occur everywhere that bell beakers are found, being confined to north-western Europe, but there is good evidence that the people who used beakers were involved in some of the later phases of their construction. The earliest phase of Stonehenge dates to about 3,000 BC, but Phase II when the 20-tonne Sarsen stones were erected into the trilithons that still survive and the four-ton blue stones brought 240 miles (380 kilometers) from Preseli in Wales, is contemporary with the recently discovered beaker burial.
This may be too rigid a view. Relatively egalitarian societies are capable of mobilizing an extensive labor force by gathering neighbors in a collective effort for special projects. It has been estimated that no more than 70 able bodied men would have been necessary for the work involved in Phase II of Stonehenge. If the users of the beakers possessed teams of draft animals, the work would have been made considerably easier than if men had to haul the stones.
Nor need their ability to get stones from Wales mean that some overall political authority existed, any more than their ability to get copper from Spain did. These were people with an extensive network of social contacts.
It shows that Stonehenge was part of a much wider interconnected socio-cultural network that reached from modern-day Budapest through the Western Mediterranean to North Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, France, Holland, Denmark and the British Isles.
It has recently been announced that the road that runs past it is to be widened, threatening not only Stonehenge but the many other archaeological sites, known and as yet unknown, in this extremely rich historic landscape.
After considerable protests it was agreed that the length of road closest to Stonehenge will be buried in a tunnel, but even this plan threatens to damage a unique archaeological environment.
Stonehenge is not an isolated monument, but existed within a complex social context of which the archaeological record is the only surviving evidence. It is a record that is still only partially understood. These burials were found some three miles away from the stones quite unexpectedly during excavations of what had been anticipated would be a Roman site that was being investigated in advance of a housing estate being built. What remains is unknown and the damage caused by a road can only be guessed at.
Three farmers at Stonehenge and two at Avebury have signed countryside stewardship agreements specially tailored for the prehistoric sites.
|Lawyer Arrested for Wearing Peace T-Shirt |
Guilderland NY March 5, 2003 (Reuters) - A lawyer was arrested late Monday and charged with trespassing at a public mall in the state of New York after refusing to take off a T-shirt advocating peace that he had just purchased at the mall. According to the criminal complaint filed on Monday, Stephen Downs was wearing a T-shirt bearing the words "Give Peace A Chance" that he had just purchased from a vendor inside the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland, New York, near Albany.
"I was in the food court with my son when I was confronted by two security guards and ordered to either take off the T-shirt or leave the mall," said Downs.
When Downs refused the security officers' orders, police from the town of Guilderland were called and he was arrested and taken away in handcuffs, charged with trespassing "in that he knowingly entered or remained unlawfully upon premises," the complaint read.
Downs said police tried to convince him he was wrong in his actions by refusing to remove the T-shirt because the mall "was like a private house and that I was acting poorly.
"I told them the analogy was not good and I was then hauled off to night court where I was arraigned after pleading not guilty and released on my own recognizance," Downs told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Downs is the director of the Albany Office of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, which investigates complaints of misconduct against judges and can admonish, censure or remove judges found to have engaged in misconduct.
Calls to the Guilderland police and district attorney, Anthony Cardona and to officials at the mall were not returned for comment.
Downs is due back in court for a hearing on March 17.
He could face up to a year in prison if convicted.
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Anti-War Activists Plan Second Rally
This time, United for Peace and Justice will seek permission to hold a parade down Fifth Avenue on March 22, hoping that request will fare better than their last -- a denied application to march past the United Nations on Feb. 15.
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|Boxer Targets Bush Environmental Record|
|By Mark Sherman |
WASHINGTON March 04, 2003 (AP) — Sen. Barbara Boxer would rather have a president with whom she agrees on environmental issues. Instead, the California Democrat has a campaign issue she believes is ready-made for home-state politics.
Once a week, Boxer stands before reporters and cameras and blasts away at Republican moves on clean air, water, and cleanups of toxic sites. Sometimes she awards a "toxic trophy" to a governmental agency for bad work on the environment. On one occasion, her staff unfurled a 32-foot scroll that Boxer said listed 235 anti-environmental actions taken by the Bush administration.
Officially, Boxer is the Senate Democrats' leader on environmental issues, charged with designing a legislative strategy to stop some of President Bush's proposals and advance Democratic alternatives.
But as Boxer acknowledged in a recent interview, the news conferences and props have a role to play in her bid for a third Senate term next year.
|Black Cats May Be Lucky After All!|
|Washington March 4, 2003 (Reuters) - Black cats, once considered unlucky, may have provided a lucky break to disease researchers, according to a report published on Monday. |
Different genetic mutations give black coats to different species of cats. Some of the mutations are in genes that, in humans, are linked with diseases such as Aids, a team from the National Cancer Institute and the University of Maryland found.
Dr Stephen O'Brien, Eduardo Eizirik and colleagues were wondering what made cats black - not out of idle curiosity, but because such genes often confer protection against disease. Otherwise, animals with unusual coloring would go extinct.
"In understanding how wild species like cats evolve genetic resistance to disease, we might discover new natural genetic resistance that might help in human disease," O'Brien said in a telephone interview.
Black cats might be better able to hunt at night, he noted, "but there is another fascinating aspect which I noticed because I work with the Cancer Institute."
His team found that a gene called MC1R makes jaguars black when mutated. Humans also have an MC1R gene that, when mutated, gives some people red hair. It is in a family of genes called 7-transmembrane receptors. A receptor acts as a doorway into cells and is often used by bacteria and viruses to infect cells.
"HIV enters cells through a 7-transmembrane receptor called CCR5," O'Brien said. "So perhaps the selective pressure that allowed these mutations to survive in cats may not be to camouflage. Perhaps the mutations cause resistance of the cats to bugs."
The team's next step is to look for whatever possible advantages the mutations may offer. Making the cats black may just be a side effect, O'Brien said. He said that almost all the mammal species that ever lived have become extinct. "The ones we have now are the survivors," he added.
The research started because the team wondered why there are black jaguars, leopards and house cats, but no black tigers or lions, O'Brien said. A domestic cat has about 10 genes for coat colors and coat appearance, resulting in the 40-odd breeds of cat.
The black mutation is very common, so O'Brien and his team wondered whether it dated back to the earliest ancestor of all cats or arose separately among the species.
Writing in the journal Current Biology, they said they found that the black domestic cat, the jaguar and the small South American jaguarundi each derive their coloring from a different type of mutation. This casts a new light on animals that at one point were even tortured by people who saw them as agents of the devil.
"We have had black cats and they have been mythical all along," O'Brien said, "but now they have been demystified."
|Earthjustice Sues to Expose Timber Collusion|
|Seattle March 4, 2003 (Earthjustice) - Earthjustice filed a lawsuit today seeking to pry records from the federal government regarding its secret negotiations with the timber industry aimed at weakening northwest forest protections. The lawsuit was filed because the federal government illegally withheld records in violation of the Freedom of Information Act after a request was filed last fall for records of these negotiations. |
The records sought in this lawsuit pertain to government negotiations with the timber industry on ways to weaken the Northwest Forest Plan, the plan forged by President Clinton in an attempt to settle the northwest timber wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bush administration officials have been engaged in intensive, closed-door negotiations with the timber industry over how to gut the Northwest Forest Plan. Out of these negotiations have emerged settlements of several industry lawsuits as well as more comprehensive proposals to eliminate some of the lan’s most fundamental environmental safeguards.
The timber industry and government officials have already announced deals to settle industry lawsuits aimed at stripping federal protections from the northern spotted owl and marble murrelet, two old-growth-dependent species found in the Northwest, and the "survey and manage" provisions for protecting old-growth dependent species. The secret negotiations have also produced proposals to weaken salmon protections, known as the Aquatic Conservation Strategy.
"The Bush administration has honed the art of hiding behind court settlements as a way of turning back the clock on environmental protections, " said Patti Goldman of Earthjustice. "In the guise of settling lawsuits, federal officials have retired to the back room to work out deals that sacrifice our old-growth forests, salmon, and clean water for the sake of increasing clearcutting our public lands."
The aquatic conservation strategy requires that logging, grazing, and mining avoid damage to streams that support salmon and other aquatic life. Without these safeguards, logging and other activities routinely result in soil erosion, sedimentation, and scouring of salmon spawning streams. The Bush administration wants to make the salmon protections optional.
The survey and manage rules protect old-growth forests and the species that depend on them by requiring surveys to locate species in harm’s way and protections where they are found. As with the salmon protections, the Bush administration wants to make the old-growth species protections optional.
The northern spotted owl litigation brought logging of old-growth forests to a halt because the federal government was not protecting the owls and other species that live in the ancient forests. The Northwest Forest Plan requires that the needs of species be met before the remaining old growth can be logged. The environmental community is fighting the rollback of the northwest forest protections.
"The Bush administration is using industry lawsuits to sabotage old-growth forest and salmon protections," said Dave Werntz of Northwest Ecosystem Alliance. "By elevating timber production over environmental protection, the administration is promising to re-ignite the old timber wars."
"This is an affront to the clear wishes of people living in the Pacific Northwest who want old-growth forests and healthy salmon streams," said Pete Nelson of Biodiversity Northwest.
"Today’s action is aimed at exposing the behind-the-scenes machinations of the federal government and the timber industry it is supposed to regulate," said Doug Heiken of the Oregon Natural Resources Council. "We intend to bring the real story out into the open for all to see, and hopefully bring an end to this subversion of our democracy."
"We do not object to the timber industry or anyone else using the courts to enforce the law. That is a civil right that everyone should enjoy, but we do object to closed-door legal settlements that exclude the judge as well as other parties to the case," said Doug Heiken. "These types of legal settlements raise serious concerns about by-passing normal democratic processes."
Earthjustice - http://www.earthjustice.org
|Chandra Finds Cocoon Inside The Black Widow Pulsar!|
|NASA NEWS RELEASE |
March 2, 2003 - NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory image of the mysterious "Black Widow" pulsar reveals the first direct evidence of an elongated cocoon of high-energy particles. (A pulsar is a rotating neutron star producing powerful beams of radiation that sweep like a searchlight.) This discovery shows this billion-year-old rejuvenated pulsar is an extremely efficient generator of a high-speed flow of matter and antimatter particles.
Known officially as pulsar B1957+20, the Black Widow received its nickname because it is emitting intense high- energy radiation that is destroying its companion through evaporation. B1957+20, which completes one rotation every 1.6-thousandths of a second, belongs to a class of extremely rapidly rotating neutron stars called millisecond pulsars.
The motion of B1957+20 through the galaxy, almost a million kilometers per hour, creates a bow shock wave visible to optical telescopes. The Chandra observation shows what cannot be seen in visible light: a second shock wave. This secondary shock wave is created from pressure that sweeps the wind back from the pulsar to form the cocoon of high- energy particles, visible for the first time in the Chandra data.
"This is the first detection of a double-shock structure around a pulsar," said Benjamin Stappers, of the Dutch Organization for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON), lead author on a paper describing the research that will appear in the Feb. 28, 2003, issue of Science magazine. "It should enable astronomers to test theories of the dynamics of pulsar winds and their interaction with their environment," he said.
Scientists believe millisecond pulsars are very old neutron stars that have been spun up by accumulating material from their companions. The steady push of the infalling matter spins it much the same way as pushing on a merry-go-round makes it rotate faster.
The result is an object about 1.5 times as massive as the Sun, 10 miles in diameter, rotating hundreds of times per second. The advanced age, very rapid rotation rate and relatively low magnetic field of millisecond pulsars put them in a totally separate class from young pulsars observed in the remnants of supernova explosions.
The Chandra result confirms the theory that even a relatively weakly magnetized neutron star can generate intense electromagnetic forces and accelerate particles to high energies to create a pulsar wind, if it is rotating rapidly enough.
The Smithsonian's Chandra X-ray Center controls science and flight operations from Cambridge, Mass., for the Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters, Washington.
|Big Mac News!|
Riyadh March 4, 2003 (Sapa-AFP) - The American fast food giant McDonald's has introduced a new sandwich for Arab customers in the markets of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, the franchise-owner in the kingdom announced on Tuesday.
A McArabia consists of Arab bread, two pieces of grilled chicken in addition to lettuce, onions, tomatoes and other ingredients, the Riyadh International Catering Corporation (RICC) said.
Prince Mishaal bin Khaled, chairperson of RICC, which has the McDonald's concession in central and eastern Saudi Arabia, said the new sandwich came after years of research and tests.
Bread for the sandwich is currently imported from Britain but RICC is negotiating with a Saudi company to find a replacement, Prince Mishaal said.
RICC is also searching for a local supplier for the chicken which is currently imported from Malaysia, he said.
There are more than 300 fast food restaurants in oil-rich Saudi Arabia, with 75 of them belonging to McDonald's. The chain is currently facing tough competition from international rivals such as Burger King and Pizza Hut as well as local firms like Herfy and Tazaj.
TV Watchdogs Ban Misleading McDonald's Ad
By Matt Born
London March 4, 2003 (Telegraph UK) - McDonald's has been criticized by an advertising watchdog after it found that the succulent burgers in the fast-food chain's commercials bore little relation to the real thing.
The Independent Television Commission yesterday banned adverts for McDonald's Steak Premiere sandwich after upholding viewers' complaints that the burger shown in the commercial was thicker and better filled.
It said that when making the commercial it had followed the same guidelines, ingredients and equipment so that the burger shown "represented what would be supplied to customers". But the ITC sent an investigator to McDonald's restaurants to carry out "anonymous test purchases", and found a "disparity between the quantity of toppings against the television advertisements".
|Rap Gets Bad Rap!|
|Emory University Health Sciences Center Press Release |
ATLANTA February 28, 2003 - Risky behavior and a heightened incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among African-American female adolescents may be linked to high exposure to rap music videos, according to a study in the March issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
Although there has been considerable concern about the themes and images expressed in rap music videos, there has been limited research on the impact of rap music videos on adolescents’ behavior, the article says. ‘Gangsta rap’ in particular, the researchers say, "is explicit about sex and violence, but rarely shows the potential long term adverse impact of these risky behaviors."
Gina M.Wingood, ScD, MPH, of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and her colleagues from Emory University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, assessed the risky behaviors of teens who regularly watched rap videos. After a twelve-month follow-up period, they calculated the adolescents’ involvement in such behaviors such as: hitting teachers, fighting, being arrested, using alcohol or drugs, and having multiple sex partners. The adolescents were also asked to report condom use and were tested for three STDs (chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and gonorrhea).
The study was conducted on 522 unmarried African-American female adolescents (aged 14-18 years) who lived in non-urban, lower socioeconomic neighborhoods. They were recruited from school health classes and county health department clinics. The adolescents had to have been sexually active in the previous six months.
The researchers found that adolescents with high exposure to rap music (i.e. 14 hours or more per week) were 3 times more likely to hit a teacher and more than 2.5 times as likely to have been arrested, compared with their peers who had less exposure to rap music. Adolescents who frequently watched rap videos were also twice as likely to have multiple sexual partners and more than 1.5 times as likely to acquire an STD, use drugs, and use alcohol during the 12-month study.
Dr. Wingood offers several hypotheses as to why African-American female adolescents are particularly prone to emulate the behavior seen on ‘gangsta’ rap music videos.
"At this stage in their socio-psychological development, adolescents want to be autonomous and independent from parental controls, an act that can be viewed as somewhat defiant. They may also be modeling what they see as the norm. They pattern themselves after their peers and the women they consider to be role models on the videos," Dr. Wingood says. "On the other hand, it may be an attempt to defy the white mainstream popular culture. Since rap music is more ethnocentric, it is more closely associated with their social factors."
They also assessed the adolescents’ music viewing characteristics by determining the primary type of rap music video and with whom and where the videos were watched.
And since potentially important mediating factors such as adolescents’ degree of autonomy and independence, parental education, and influence of peer social networks were not assessed, it is difficult to determine whether the relationship between exposure to rap music videos and adolescents’ health status is causal.
[They used to say the same thing about rock and roll, kids. The beat goes on. Ed.]
|Warning on Genetic ID Cards|
|London March 4, 2003 (BBC) - The complete genetic makeup of individuals could soon be scanned and recorded on a smart card, says a leading scientist. But pressure groups say that the "genetic identity cards" could lead to discrimination without much benefit to the citizen. |
Sir Paul Nurse, the chief executive of Cancer Research UK, predicts that the process of unraveling a human genome could be completed far more swiftly in future.
In a speech to the Royal Society's People's Science Summit, he said he could foresee a time - perhaps within 20 years - when the entire genetic code of every newborn baby would be recorded.
This, he said, might eventually help predict vulnerability to common diseases - and help individuals avoid illness by taking preventive measures. But Sir Paul said that the advances risked leading to "genetic apartheid" as insurers and employers ruled out people with genetic "defects".
Sir Paul, awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2001, said: "In 1985, it took three years to decode a single gene - now we can sequence the entire human genome in just a few years.
"The American scientist Craig Venter is already offering the very rich to buy a map of their genomes at a staggering $710,000 (£450,000), but even he anticipates selling them for much less in years to come."
He said some genetic tests - for less common conditions such as Huntington's disease and cystic fibrosis - could predict future disease with some accuracy.
But he insisted more common diseases such as cancer and heart disease were likely to be the result of a combination of many different genes alongside lifestyle factors such as poor diet or smoking.
He said: "We need to be extremely careful how this technology is used to shape our society - this issue is too important to be left to scientists and policy makers alone."
Dr Helen Wallace, from the pressure group Genewatch, said that the public was being "misled" by promises that a map of their genome could offer certainty about their future health.
"Although gene tests can be very useful, there is no way you could use them to predict common disease. What we could end up with is a massive DNA database by the back door."
|By Becky Barrow |
Louisville March 4, 2003 (Telegraph UK) - Forget hour-glass figures or bulging muscles. They may play their part in opposite-sex attraction but a 15-year study has identified a new measure of desire - lips.
Prof Michael Cunningham, from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, has found that couples are attracted by the size of each other's lips.
"Larger lips are better-looking than smaller lips up to a certain point," he said. "It is possible to go a little too far and then be unattractive. But generally speaking, big is better than small."
Men and women have different tastes about the size of lips that they prefer in their partners, Prof Cunningham told Radio 4's program, The Kiss, to be broadcast next Tuesday.
"When women are looking at men, they are simultaneously looking for sensuality and ruggedness," he said.
"And that is, the man should look virile, which means that he shouldn't look too sensual. He shouldn't look too feminine in his lips. At the same time, there should be some hint of generosity and warmth. So medium-sized lips are probably better on men, than either too small or too large."
|Harry Belafonte Says US Leaders "Possessed of Evil"|
|HELSINKI March 4, 2003 (Reuters) - Singer Harry Belafonte, long outspoken on civil rights and political issues in the United States, has lashed out at the Bush administration saying it is "possessed of evil" for preparing war against Iraq. |
The 76-year-old U.S. singer told Finnish television on Tuesday that global leaders who ignored demonstrations against a war in Iraq did so at their own peril.
Asked if he thought leaders of his own country were misguided, Belafonte, said: "Absolutely. I not only think that they are misguided, but I think they know exactly what they are doing and I think that they are men who are possessed of evil."
Belafonte, who popularized calypso music in the 1950s with hits like "Banana Boat (Day-O)" and "Jamaica Farewell," hit the headlines in October for likening Secretary of State Colin Powell to a plantation slave for selling out on Iraq.
"I don't think that (U.S. President) George Bush...is a man of honor," added Belafonte, a black man of Jamaican descent like Powell.
"I think he has a very selfish, arrogant point of view. I think he is interested in power, I think he believes his truth is the only truth, and that he will do what he wants to do despite the people," he said during a break on his Finnish tour.
|Genre News: Willard Returns, Angel as Superman, Beach Boys, Tom Selleck, Madonna and More!|
|Willard the Ratman! |
Hollywood March 4, 2003 (eXoNews) - Willard is back! Directed and scripted for New Line Cinema by Glen Morgan and produced by his longtime partner James Wong, Willard is a remake of the 1971 horror movie based on a much scarier novel (scared the hell out of me, anyway) entitled Ratman's Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert.
Crispin Glover and Laura Elena Harring play the lead humans in the new Willard and over 500 rodents have featured roles, along with technologically improved robots and CGI rats.
Crispin Glover is forever immortalized as Michael Fox's dad George Douglas McFly in the Back To The Future film series. Crispin has also done a lot of excellent character parts in favorite cult films like Nurse Betty (2000), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993), and the incredibly underrated John Boorman comedy, Where the Heart Is (1990). Glover also played a convincing Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991).
Laura Elena Harring is best known as Rita/Camilla from David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001), for which she won the 2002 ALMA Award as Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and Lynch won Best Director at Cannes and scores of other statues and nominations.
Director Morgan says on the Willard website that he signed Glover to the part because when Morgan was casting "an agent told an executive at New Line 'Oh, my God, if Crispin Glover plays Willard I want to see that movie 75 times and I still won't be satisfied.'"
Working with over 500 live rats was unnerving for some of the actors, but they got over it. Glover says that he considered his rodent co-stars "acting partners, they really were."
Morgan wanted to evoke Alfred Hitchcock for the new Willard, and Director of Photography Rob McLachlan, who worked with Morgan and Wong on MillenniuM, planned the film in that spirit.
Ultimate trivia notes: Ratman's Notebooks author Stephen Gilbert was a pseudonym for Gilbert Ralston, a TV writer (Land of The Giants and Wild, Wild West) who started his TV career in the 1950s on The Naked City and The Untouchables.
Ralson wrote the screenplay for the original Willard feature and the less satisfying 1972 sequel, Ben.
Morgan and Wong created the X-Files characters Byers, Frohike and Langley, also known as The Lone Gunmen, although Morgan and Wong left the Chris Carter fold before the short-lived Lone Gunmen series appeared on Fox in 2001.
They based The Lone Gunmen on a trio they observed at a California UFO convention.
Recent news seems to confirm that Sir Isaac Newton agreed with that date.
Angel Ain't Superman!
"I'll just kill the rumor now--it hasn't happened," Boreanaz said. "I did go in and read for the part, but I can't do it because of my schedule with Angel."
Regarding actual feature projects, he added:
Some other answers from DB:
Charisma Carpenter answered Angel and Buffy questions too:
Angel returns with Eliza Dushku guesting as Faith this Wednesday at 9 PM / 7C on the WB.
Official WB Angel site - http://www.thewb.com/Shows/Show/0,7353,||139,00.html
Charisma has her own Official site at http://www.charismacarpenter.com
NBC Nervous About Sheen's Anti-War Stance
The 62-year-old actor helped lead a "Virtual March on Washington" last week that flooded the White House with thousands of anti-war e-mails and has spoken out against the potential war in public.
Theater producer Dodger Theatricals, the company behind Tony-winners "42nd Street" and "Urinetown," has acquired stage rights to the famed combo's songs, and is looking to develop the catalog into a musical.
Capitol Records' Beach Boys site - http://capitolrecords.com/beachboys
Wind In The Willows
NBC on Wednesday gave a pilot order to "McCall," which will feature Selleck as a one-time baseball player who returns to his hometown and winds up coaching a farm team.
Madonna Will Write Five Children's Books
LONDON March 3, 2003 (Reuters) - She's done music, film and an explicit sex book. Now Madonna is branching out into children's books, signing a publishing deal with Penguin to write five titles.