By Tam Gray, Michele Orecklin And Jessica Yadegaran
"If the dress doesn't fit, we must acquit. If it's on the dress, he must confess."
Rep. James Traficant Jr., in a pithy summary of the political landscape
"I'm never affronted by the due process of law. I might be bankrupted by it, but I'm not affronted."
Harold Ickes, former presidential aide, on whether he was upset after testifying before a grand jury in Washington
"One of my role models, Xena, the Warrior Princess, comes from here."
Madeleine Albright, the Secretary of State, days after naming Dean Acheson as an exemplar; in New Zealand, home of Lucy Lawless, who portrays Xena
"I wouldn't pay a dime for it...There's not a piece of memorabilia worth a dime."
Mark Mcgwire, on the value of the ball he would hit to break Roger Maris' home-run record
Sources: New York Times (Traficant); USA Today (Ickes); New York Post (Albright); AP (McGwire)
Monica Lewinsky began singing before a grand jury last week, but what was the tune? Was she Madama Butterfly's forlorn Cio-Cio-San or a vengeance-bent Salome? A song not on her playlist? Try Devil with a Blue Dress on.
Kevorkian lawyer is Dem nominee for Michigan Gov. Would the doc
get to downsize government?
Warm welcome on Broadway may open opportunities. Jerry in
Oklahoma? In The King and I?
CIA Building named for him. Fitting for one who needed a decoder
to be understood
Columnist charged with stealing George Carlin's jokes. Good
Lord, is that a hanging offense?
Judges of Top 100 novels admit flaky selection procedure
produced spurious results
Ceases cooperation with U.N. inspectors. Note to Bill: Wag the
Dog now out on video
Hide And Seek
Law enforcement has been tracking Eric Robert Rudolph for six months. So what? At least seven onetime members of the FBI's Most Wanted List have been on the lam more than 20 years, notably alleged murderer Joseph Maloney, on the run almost 31 years.
Written In The Stars
Many observers think Aug. 17 will be a hard day for Bill Clinton, but that's not what the stars say. "It looks like it's going to be a piece of cake," says Jerome Rainville of the American School of Astrology. "Clinton has no planets opposing him, and Mercury and Venus are in alignment. On the 16th he will be getting good advice. He will have Sun sextile Jupiter, which gives vision and ideas. On the 17th he will be very cool, not uptight at all." What about Ken Starr? "Things look difficult. He's got Mars conjuncting his natal Saturn. He'll feel tired, obstructed, like he's not getting anywhere. Starr has a Saturn sun; he's a person who needs recognition. Clinton is a Leo, and Leo is like the Sun. It blinds us."
Born: Aug. 19, 1946
8:51 a.m. C.T.
Hope, Ark., U.S.A.
A Winner! About 500 people accepted our challenge two weeks ago to write a parody of a nursery rhyme that dealt with a subject in the news. In a close competition, Cheryl Georgeson of Lincoln, Neb., prevailed, and will collect a coveted Notebook T shirt. Her entry parodied "Mary Had a Little Lamb":
Clinton had a little fun
Intern fun, it was dumb
Clinton had a little fun
It was against the rules.
The intern told a friend each day
Her calls were taped along the way
Hearing what she had to say
Starr's mouth began to drool.
Clinton swore an oath that he
Had no sex with Lew-in-sky
Then she got immunity
Oh, fate can be so cruel!
Can't escape the public eye
A stand-up guy, he'll testify
Did he ask someone to lie?
If so, it wasn't cool.
Clinton had a little fun,
A little fun, a smoking gun
Current odds are 10 to 1
In the impeachment pool.
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40: Percentage of respondents in a January 1998 poll who believed the Lewinsky matter was "of great importance to the country"
22: Percentage who think so now
$52,000: Secretary of Defense William Cohen's decorating bill for his Pentagon office, $14,000 of which was spent on "Aries blue" carpet
$22,000: The amount he went over budget
$350,000: Anthony Edwards' salary per episode of ER, the No. 2-rated show last season
$1 million: Paul Reiser's salary per episode of Mad About You, rated 27th
$400 million: Amount Disney offered the NHL for the rights to broadcast hockey games on ABC and ESPN for the next five years
45: Percentage increase the offer is over the amount Fox paid in 1994
24: Percentage NHL TV ratings have dropped since 1996
Sources: New York Daily News; Nielsen; Pew Research Center; New York Post; Bloomberg News