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Arrest psychotics, Penn and Teller say

Comic magicians Penn and Teller have a message for U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno: Fictional violence is not the real thing.

Their new advertisement on the Comedy Central cable network offers an open letter to Ms. Reno, in response to her warning that if television does not reduce crime and mayhem on the air, the federal government will.

In the 30-second spot, Penn Jillette (the one who talks) sits in a van that narrowly misses hitting Teller, while he dips his hand into a bucket of fake blood.

"Only dangerous psychotics celebrate real blood. Your job, Janet: Arrest dangerous psychotics and let people like us celebrate playful artists," he says, wiping his brow with the red prop liquid.

Grateful Dead shows aren't just for tie-dyed

Turns out the Grateful Dead are more than just the top-grossing concert attraction in the United States, earning $3.4 million a year from so-called "Deadheads" who follow the 1960s-vintage group across the country.

The band draws drug agents, too.

Federal Drug Enforcement Administration official Gene Haislep says that Dead concerts help federal, state and local police target LSD distributors.

"We have noted for some time that there is a lot of LSD distribution that occurs at Grateful Dead concerts," said the official, contending that concert arrests lead authorities up the ladder to distribution rings making millions of dollars a year.

Mozart letter hints at love song of sorts

A letter from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that may have tipped off his father to a secret love affair goes to auction next month, according to the Sotheby's auction house. The letter, written on scrap paper to Leopold Mozart before the end of September 1781, bore on its reverse side the handwriting of his then-secret love, Constanze Weber.

"This letter . . . must certainly have raised Leopold's suspicions," said a Sotheby's statement. The stern father considered Constanze too young and flighty for his son.

'Who's Manilow?' young singers ask

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- He writes the songs, but the younger members of the MTV generation ain't crying. They don't know who he is.

When asked to sing backup at Monday's Barry Manilow concert, many members of the student group from Chattanooga High School for the Performing Arts asked, "Who's Barry Manilow?"

Most members of the group that was asked to perform were still in the cradle when the pop star hit 1970s gold with "Mandy," "I Write The Songs," "Copacabana" and "Looks Like We Made It." Music teacher Allan Ledford has played Manilow records for several weeks to introduce the students to his music and prepare them for the show.


Former State Department official Alger Hiss is 89. Former Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., is 78. Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is 71. Comedian Jonathan Winters is 68. Actress Bibi Andersson is 58. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is 53. The former president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is 48. Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is 42. Actress Demi Moore is 31. Actor Philip McKeon is 29.

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