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Issue: "Clinton: Final straw?," March 28, 1998

You're our newest winner.

The American Family Publishers slogan that will no longer be used on the company's Dick Clark/Ed McMahon sweepstakes envelopes mailed to millions of non-winners. Last week, AFP agreed with attorneys general from 32 states and the District of Columbia to stop using the misleading slogan.

Kai Tak Heart Attack.

The name given to the experience of landing in a jetliner at Hong Kong's Kai Tak airport, located in the heart of the city. Aircraft approach low over apartment blocks and aim directly at a seven-story parking ramp. At the last minute, they must bank sharply above a highway overpass, level off, and touch down. All that comes to an end July 6, when a more rural airport opens.

This town has grown up.

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Fort Lauderdale, Fla., city commissioner Jack Latona, on his city's new policy of discouraging college-age spring-break vacationers in favor of appealing to homosexual tourists. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has placed full-page advertisements in two gay publications proclaiming, "Greater Ft. Lauderdale rolls out the rainbow carpet."

Being trustworthy also comes into play, because how could we profess a belief in a god or gods if we don't have a belief.

Agnostic Michael Randall, who along with his brother William last week was made an Eagle Scout, despite his refusal to accept the Boy Scouts' oath stressing "duty to God." The 16-year-old Randall twins received their honors after ACLU lawyers persuaded a judge to order the local Boy Scouts to confer the awards.

I hate to see the persecution that is going on, but we welcome the business.

Linda Ward, general manager of Little Rock's solidly booked Legacy Hotel, which sits directly across the street from the federal courthouse where Paula Jones's sexual harassment suit against President Clinton is to begin May 27. Ms. Ward once worked on Mr. Clinton's gubernatorial campaigns.


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