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ON THE RANGE At a hoedown on the Bush ranch, Russia’s top dog Vladimir Putin two-stepped around his worry over a U.S. missile shield to negotiate a reduction of the two countries’ nuclear arsenals. Putin, trusting but wanting verification, desired a new treaty; Bush thought a handshake would do

“We’re winning it in motivation, we’re winning it in resolve, and we’re winning it by total ordnance delivered.”
U.S. Navy captain, on how the allied forces are faring in the Afghan war

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10,000 sites around the world currently store nuclear waste that, in the wrong hands, could be made into crude, “dirty” radioactive bombs

Thousands who copied down the flight number of the jet that crashed in Queens, New York City will divide a jackpot after the same digits came up in the New Jersey Lottery

Veteran Japanese baseballer wins American League “Rookie of the Year.” He’s a rookie in the same way, say, that Madonna is a virgin
Canadian Olympic diver rescues pregnant woman trapped in sinking car. Judges deduct .2 for his premature exit from tucked position
Sly considers a Rambo sequel back in Afghanistan. David Hasselhoff announces a season of Baywatch Nights set in Kunduz
Burglars swipe photos of the British model, writing “Slag Jordan” on a mirror. If that’s her first name, no wonder she goes by Jordan
Onetime baseball MVP is busted in Houston for crack. Cami may want to rethink his decision to quit baseball for a career of drug addiction
Swaziland royal fines himself one cow after marrying an underage girl, proving that he remains impartial despite the conflict of interest


RETIRED. MARK MCGWIRE, 38, the American baseball slugger who enthralled fans in 1998 as he chased and then broke Roger Maris’ single-season home-run record only to see Barry Bonds eclipse the mark this year; in St. Louis. McGwire, a 12-time All-Star first baseman who hit a lifetime 583 home runs, exits a remarkable 15-year career after battling tendinitis in his right knee.
AWARDED. JONATHAN FRANZEN, 42, the prestigious National Book Award for his best-selling novel The Corrections, about the dysfunctional Lambert family in middle America; in New York City. Franzen came into the spotlight when he was disinvited to Oprah Winfrey’s dinner after questioning the literary merit of her book-club endorsement.
DIED. PRINCESS PREKSHYA RAJYA LAXMI DEVI SHAH, 49, of Nepal’s royal family and younger sister of Queen Komal, in a helicopter crash at Rara Lake that killed four; in western Nepal. Princess Prekshya, separated from Prince Dhirendra (who was killed in the June royal family massacre), was cremated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River with full state honors.
DIED. DAVID FRANCIS, 82, the great jazz drummer who led the swinging Savoy Sultans to the New York Jazz Society’s Best Big Band award in 1980 and two Grammy nominations for Best Album; in Orlando. Francis was inducted into the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 1993.
DIED. TONY MILES, 46, Britain’s first chess grand master, who was ranked for a decade among the top 10 in the game; in his sleep, in Birmingham, England. Miles, confident, brassy and aggressive, beat former world champions Mikhail Tal, Boris Spassky and Anatoly Karpov. died. Cornelius Warmerdam, 86, a world record-setting pole vaulter who was named pole vaulter of the century in 2000 by USA Track & Field; in Fresno, California. Warmerdam, a pioneer who competed with primitive bamboo poles, was the first to clear 15 feet, in 1940, holding the record for 11 years. He won the James A. Sullivan Award in 1942 as America’s outstanding amateur athlete.
DIED. SATGURU SIVAYA SUBRAMUNIYASWAMI, 74, an American-born international Hindu leader, publisher of Hinduism Today and spiritual guru for 2.5 million Tamil people; in Kauai, Hawaii. Known as Gurudeva, he founded America’s first Hindu temple in 1957 in San Francisco and oversaw more than 50 independent temples worldwide. He won the 2000 U Thant Peace Award.
DIED. DOROTHY DUNNETT, 78, a Scottish historical novelist, whose epic series The Lymond Chronicles and The House of Niccolo depicting medieval Europe inspired conventions and fan magazines; in Edinburgh. Dunnett, honored with an Order of the British Empire in 1992, wrote more than 20 novels and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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