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IN THE GLARE As FBI investigations heat up in the search for missing 24-year-old former federal intern Chandra Levy, U.S. Congressman Gary Condit gave samples of his DNA and passed a polygraph test in the hope of supporting his claims that he played no role in her disappearance

“I was the muse. The name The Girl from Ipanema only exists because I exist.”
54-year-old Brazilian who inspired the 1962 jazz anthem, defending her right to use the name for her jewelry store

Prime Number
5.3 degrees Celsius is the amount the U.N. forecasts global temperatures will rise by the end of the century twice what is predicted in 1995

A British company has invented a toilet, the Versatile Interactive Pan, that can analyze urine and stool samplesand notify a doctor of any problems via e-mail

Indiana Jones actor rescues a 13-year-old lost boy scout. Last year he saved a climber. Surely, he’s planting these victims to look heroic
Brit beats the competition to spend a night in a dog pound. Inspired, he vows to win the next contest. The prize? A week in a dirty car trunk
Four-year-old girl is named Nepal’s virgin goddessgets a third eye, a chariot and is revered by thousands. What, no decoder ring?
Mr. Bean creator crashes his Aston Martin into a wall. Sits with a disconsolate expression wondering when Harrison Ford will show up
Tennis maestro must pay child support after siring a child in a Japanese restaurant broom-closet with a model. What was in that sashimi?
Transylvanian royal loses suit against firm selling Dracula wine. His case against Kretzulesco Fish Fingers was also dismissed

Power, Please
Dentistry in the Dark?

Not all Californians have to suffer through this summer’s blackouts: if a business can prove it needs electricity for public safety, the state utilities commission can give it an exemption and keep the juice flowing. That loophole has prompted some 9,000 applications ranging from the reasonable, such as one from the San Diego Zooelectrified fences make good zoosto the ridiculous, including those from liposuction clinics and taco stands. The Norbert Wabnig Cheese Store of Beverly Hills has applied because, says Shivon Ryan, cheeses are “perishables and require refrigeration.” (And who knows how many Angelenos might perish without goat cheese?) Sick Dog’s Tattoo parlor in Westminster absolutely requires power to avoid “panic poking,” according to owner Frank Salderelli. (NOTEBOOK’s verdict: give it to him.) An unexplained mystery is why the Orange County Council of The Boy Scouts of America applied for a blackout exemption. Shouldn’t they, of all people, rely on simply being prepared?


INDICTED. JORGE VIDELA, 75, former Argentine dictator, for participating with five other South American despots, including Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, in a scheme to kill leftist opponents; in Buenos Aires. Videla’s junta sized power in a 1976 coup, and from then until 1981 collaborated with the other governments to hunt political exiles in their own countries. His regime is linked to the deaths of up to 30,000.
SENTENCED. KHALFAN KHAMIS MOHAMED, 27, to life in prison for making explosives used to bomb the U.S. embassy in Tanzania in 1998, killing 11 people; in New York. The same jury in March convicted four others of plotting the Tanzania bombing and the deadlier attack on the U.S. embassy in Kenya that resulted in 224 fatalities.
DIED. MAXIMUS V HAKIM, 93, 20th patriarch of the breakaway Greek Catholic Church of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem; in Beirut. Greek Catholics split from the East Orthodox Church in 1724 to accept the authority of the Pope. Maximus V led 600,000 followers, mainly in Syria, Egypt and Lebanon. He advocated closer relations with the East Orthodox Church, straining ties with Rome.
DIED. FRED NEIL, 64, folk-songwriter who penned the theme song Everybody’s Talkin’ for the 1969 hit movie Midnight Cowboy; in Summerland Key, Florida. Neil emerged from the Greenwich Village music scene in the mid-1960s. The Florida native later founded the Dolphin Research Project to stop the trafficking and exploitation of dolphins.
DIED. CHRISTL HAAS, 57, Austrian skiing champion, who won gold and silver medals in the 1964 Olympics, and the bronze in 1968; in Manavgat, Turkey. Even when retired, she remained popular in Austria, which marked her 50th birthday with a documentary about her life.

Kabuki artist UZAEMON ICHIMURA, 84, who died in Tokyo last week, was one of Japan’s Living National Treasures. Born into a family that was in the business for six generations, he made his debut at the age of five and earned the Uzaemon stage name in 1955. He also passed on the traditionthree of his sons went onto the stage, including Manjiro Ichimura, who recounts:

The first thing I think of when I remember my father is the breadth of his shoulders and the strength of his back. For 82 years from the age of three, my father devoted the whole of his existence to the Kabuki stage, living many lives through his many roles. Following each of three operations for lung cancer over the past seven-and-a-half years, he returned right away to the stage. As he lay in intensive care, I told him, “You’ve worked too hard.” Tears appeared in his eyes. I can only wonder what those tears said. Drama is life. For the life of the mind and of the arts, he staked his own.

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