Smoking issue swirls in Miami airport
The June issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine is back on newsstands at Miami International Airport after authorities rescinded a ban issued last week. The magazine was taken off the shelves because its cover featured pictures of Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton with the headline, "Is It Time to End the Embargo?" "We don't want to be part of enhancing Castro's government," said airport spokesman Hernando Vergara. The ban was lifted after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue, and Miami Mayor Alex Penelas ordered the magazine placed on sale again, saying its removal "goes against some of the very principles which make this nation the free society it is."
Presley wins in lawsuit
A jury awarded Priscilla Presley $1.74 million in damages against film producers and publicists who used her name to promote a proposed film based on an unauthorized biography. The widow of singer Elvis Presley also sued Currie Grant, one of the primary sources for "Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu," and obtained a defamation judgment against him last year.
Faith Hill wins big
Faith Hill took four trophies at Wednesday's Academy of Country Music Awards -- top female singer, best single ("This Kiss"), best video and, with husband Tim McGraw, the "vocal event of the year" for the song "Just To Hear That You Love Me." He was also named male singer of the year. The Dixie Chicks took three awards, including best album ("Wide Open Spaces"). Garth Brooks was named entertainer of the year and artist of the decade.
Dr. Laura is on TV
Top-rated radio therapist Dr. Laura Schlessinger has inked a deal with Paramount Domestic Television Distribution for a one-hour weekday show set for a 2000 launch. Her radio show airs five days a week on more than 450 stations. Her books include "Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives."
'Star Wars' spoiler alert!
Read no further if you want to be surprised by a twist in "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace." But if you bought the soundtrack, it's spoiled already. Fans are complaining that two of the titles from composer John Williams' soundtrack for the film are plot spoilers. The tracks "Qui-Gon's Noble End" and "Qui-Gon's Funeral" strongly hint that Jedi master Qui-Gon, played by Liam Neeson, will meet an untimely end. Said one fan: "It's like calling a song 'Darth Vader Is Luke Skywalker's Father!' "
Actor Darren McGavin is 77.
Singer Teresa Brewer is 68.
Senate Budget chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., is 67.
Football Hall-of-Famer Johnny Unitas is 66.
Singer Jimmy Ruffin is 60.
Singer Johnny Maestro is 60.
Actress Robin Strasser is 54.
Singer-songwriter Bill Danoff is 53.
NBC newsman Tim Russert is 49.
Actor Robert Hegyes is 48.
Movie writer-director Amy Heckerling ("Clueless") is 45.
Actor Michael E. Knight ("All My Children") is 40.
Rock musician Phil Campbell (Motorhead) is 38.
Rock singer-musician Chris O'Connor (Primitive Radio Gods) is 34.
Actress Traci Lords is 30.
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Pub Date: 5/07/99