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PEOPLE MORE PEOPLE A2 Monday, December 25, 2000 PEOPLE MORE Daily Press MORE LOTTERY Saturday's Lotto scorecard Pick Winners Prize 6 of 6 0 $3 million 5 of 6 15 $1,461 4of 6 68 $565 3 of 6 11,834 $2 Winning numbers: 3-13-31-36-37-46 Saturday's Cash 5 scorecard Early Pick Winners Prize 5 of 5 1 $100,000 5 of 5 0 $50,000 5 of 5 0 $25,000 Winning numbers: 1-6-7-18-23 Late Pick Winners Prize 5 of 5 0 $100,000 5 of 5 0 $50,000 5 of 5 0 $25,000 Winning numbers: 7-9-15-21-23 1 Daily Line 928-1111 Press Virginia Lottery category 1901 Other lotteries category 1911 The Big Game category 1909 FOOD FOR THOUGHT "A Merry Christmas to all my friends except Attributed to W.C. Fields, American comedian (1880-1946) BIRTHDAYS Rhythm-and-blues singer John Edwards (The Spinners) is 56. Singer Jimmy Buffett is 54. Football Hall-ofFamer Larry Csonka is 54. Singer Barbara Mandrell is 52.

Actress Sissy Spacek is 51. Singer Annie MOOSE, 10 Lennox is 46. Country singer Steve Wariner is 46. Country singer Alecia Elliott is Moose (the dog on is 10. Daily Press Established 1896 A Tribune Publishing company Rondra J.

Matthews President and Publisher 247-4612 Michael H. Burns Vice President and Advertising Director 247-4666 Will F. Corbin Vice President and Editor 247-4713 Paula L. Currie Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 247-4614 Michael H. Sacks Vice of Operations 247-4615 Tommie Farley Jr.

Vice President and Director of Distribution 247-4817 Susan M. Conway Vice President and Human Resources Director 247-4618 Lisa B. Bohnaker Vice President and Marketing Director 247-4878 Ernest C. Gates Director of Strategic Planning 247-4628 Michael D. Asher Director of Technology 247-4930 Our offices are generally open from 8:30 a.m.

to 5 p.m. Our main office is in Newport News at: 7505 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 247-4600 TO CALL US Our lines are open: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 7 a.m.-11 a.m. 7:30 a.m.-noon For home delivery, call 247-4800 or (800) 543-8908 outside the local calling area.

247-1028 for TDD hearing impaired. arrange a speaker from the Daily Press: 247-2827 News General information: 247-4730 Sports: 247-4630 Business: 247-4766 928-6445 Obituaries: 247-4620 Photo reprints: 247-4902 Engagements, Special occasions: 247-4780 Library: 247-4882 Advertising To place a classified ad 247-4700 For all other advertising 247-4678 The Daily Press (publication identification number USPS 144900) is published daily and Sunday by The Daily Press 7505 Warwick Newport News, Va. 23607. Periodicals postage paid at Newport News, Va. The mail subscription rate, payable 1 in advance, is $274.20 per year.

Vote for 2000's top news story Call the Daily Press 1- 19. Development plans, including Oyster LINE at 928-1111 and enter Point Town Center, Port Warwick, the day. 21. Baby deaths: An infant dies in a parked The voting deadline is Tues- 20. Fatal fires press the key after voting.

1 the Hampton Convention Center category 8800. Be sure to baseball stadium, the Power Plant and car, another is killed in a toilet and a 1-LINE vote codes: third is killed in a microwave oven 22. Presidential-head sculptures 10. Survivors, wannabe millionaires, bache- 23. OpSail lors and more: Hampton Roads folks, led 24.

Snowstorm by Rudy Boesch, become famous. 25. Flooding 11. Violent crime 26. USS Cole bombing 12.

The Verizon strike 27. Rep. Herb Bateman dies 13. Leadership changes in local govern- 28. George Allen unseats Sen.

Chuck Robb ments and institutions, including the 29. Sandy Bottom Williamsburg and Hampton city councils brouhaha and Colonial Williamsburg 30. Interstate 64 construction 14. Cox-Fox dispute 31. Schools work to meet Virginia's 15.

Colonial Williamsburg labor dispute Standards of Learning 16. Record number of executions in Virginia 32. DNA evidence solves crimes, including 17. Retail shakeout, including new Kroger, the East End Attacker case and the JCPenney, Wal-Mart and Best Buy Dorothy White and David Scott Gwaltney stores, and HQ closing murders 18. Isle of Wight rescue squad problems 33.

Car-tax phase-out is threatened 34. Relay for Life 'Cast Away' sails to top of box office The Associated Press LOS ANGELES Tom Hanks had a lot of company on his desert island over the weekend. Hanks' new movie "Cast Away," in which he plays a man stranded for four years after a plane crash, took in $30.1 million from Friday to Sunday to debut as the weekend's top film. The movie reunites Hanks and "Forrest Gump" director Robert Zemeckis. Last weekend's No.

1 movie, Mel Gibson's "What Women Want," slipped to second place with $16.3 million, pushing its total to $64.9 million in 10 days of release, according to studio esti- Anne, Newport News: I hope that I am one of many readers who is dismayed to find the incorrect spelling of Oahu, Hawaii, not only on the front page but also on the front page of the Sports section. Surely your proofreaders need some caffeine to help on a busy Saturday shift. Editor's response: No caffeine necessary. According to the Hawaii Visitors Conventions Bureau, Hawaii has two official languages Hawaiian and English. In the Hawaiian language, you will often see an 'okina (the mark between the and a) to clarify pronunciation, such as in Hawai'i.

Either spelling (Oahu or O'ahu) is correct. Saad Al-Aziz, Hampton: I would like to congratulate the Daily Press for its role in the clemency of Kemba Smith. You ran at least one article outlining the case, an editorial stating the paper's position on the case and several Letters to the Editor expressing their displeasure over this unfair punishment. Without the Daily Press' coverage of this case, many of us would have never known about this injustice. We can never accurately measure the total impact the Daily Press had on this young lady's eventual clemency, but I believe it spurred many to action and made a significant contribution to the cause.

This goes to show that people can make a difference when an injustice occurs. Now, if we can just get Ricky Cullipher freed. Please keep up the pressure on our politicians and lawmakers, because we can make a difference. Connie, Hampton: I would like to wish Jennifer Cavanaugh, our paper carrier, a very merry Christmas. She has done an outstanding job delivering our newspapers this year and we would just like to say thank you very much.

I'm calling about the item U.S. teens convicted of murder. 3-foot-10 veteran actor Billy Barty dies at 76 The Associated Press LOS ANGELES Billy Barty, a 3-foot-10 actor whose career spanned seven decades and all types of roles, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 76. Barty had been hospitalized in Glendale for heart problems and a lung infection, said his publicist, Bill York.

Barty appeared in his first Hollywood feature in 1927 at the age of 3 and performed for radio, television and on Broadway. He played a number of outrageous characters, including a wizard in the movie "Willow" (1988), a tongue-in-cheek role as a German spy in "Under the Rainbow" (1981) with Chevy Chase, a suspected stalker in "Foul Play" (1978), and an agent in "Day of the Locust" (1975). In the late '20s and early '30s, he played Mickey Rooney's kid brother in the "Mickey McGuire" series of comedy shorts. He later had several TV appearances, including his own children's show called "Billy Barty's Big Show" in Los Angeles in the 1960s, and he appeared ETC. HOPE LEADS THE DAY Next week's Tournament of Roses Parade will feature Bob Hope 35 feet tall and as colorful as ever.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars group has incorporated the 97- year-old entertainer's likeness into its float for the Jan. 1 event. The group said it wanted to honor the comedian for nearly 60 years of entertaining troops abroad, Hope publicist Ward Grant said. The comedian, who recovered from an illness earlier this year, won't attend the parade in person but plans to watch on television from his Palm Springs home, Grant said. SOMEPLACE TO CALL HOME Andre Agassi paid $23 million for a home in Tiburon, that has six bedrooms, two swimming pools and, of course, a tennis court.

The tennis star, who also has a home in Las Vegas, will also enjoy panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area town. Agassi bought the mansion from billionaire John E. McCaw Jr. of Seattle, the former owner of Cellular One. The Associated Press criticism because it is blatantly obvious that the author, Norman Tippens, certainly meant it as such.

Why else would he choose to victimize elementary age children with what the editors no doubt considered to be witty and intelligent commentary? Let us ask ourselves this: If the artists had been 35 instead of 5 or 7 or 9 would the response to the art be the same? The answer is a resounding no. In the case of the "Wise Men with very long arms" it perhaps would have been said, "Oh what clever symbolism he chose to represent the length of the journey," or something of the sort which would make the speaker feel intelligent and the listeners incredulous at the artist's intelligence." Instead, since the a artist is it is automatically assumed that there is no underlying meaning, and that the artist has no real sense of how to depict the meaning of Christmas. This is a blatant example of ageism. Who are you, Mr. Tippens, to assume anything about the aptitude artistic ability of the children in your article? These children just wanted to show how they feel about the Christmas story.

Though they may simplify it by saying things like "she was pregnant" and "Mary said the baby was beautiful," rest assured that they, who are the future of our world, do understand the true meaning of the season: loving, giving and being kind. It is obvious that the editors of the Daily Press and Mr. Tippens choose to demean the efforts of these children. I wish to express heartfelt congratulations, then, to all of the editors and those involved in the conception and producing of this article for completely undermining the efforts of all the children's attempts to get past the commercialization and realize the true meaning of Christmas. Whatever you do, Mr.

Tippens, never underestimate the intelligence of a child. on several shows over the past three decades, most recently an episode of "Frasier." In 1957, BARTY Barty founded Little People of America, an advocacy group for others with dwarfism. He later started a nonprofit foundation that bears his name to help improve the quality of life for little people, the term he said he preferred. Barty was born William John Bertanzetti in Millsboro, in 1924. In October, he was awarded the Long Beach Film Festival's Humanitarian of the Year Award.

He also was active in George W. Bush's presidential campaign, and he served on a disabilities commission for Jack Kemp when Kemp was secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Antonovich said. Barty is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Braden; daughter, Lori; and granddaughter, Tina. mates Sunday.

Nicolas Cage's comic fantasy "The Family Man" opened in third place with $12.8 million. Cage plays an unmarried Wall Street broker who gets a chance to see what his life would be like had he wed his college sweetheart. "Cast Away" became the biggest movie debut for a Christmas weekend, surpassing the $25.3 million that Robin Williams' "Patch Adams" grossed in 1998. It was Hanks' second-best opening, just $500,000 behind "Saving Private Ryan." Studio executives said Sunday's estimates took more guess- Do you know that could happen here in Williamsburg? I was once driving through an underpass near the lodge and I noticed two young boys throwing stones. Unfortunately I did not have a car phone and by the time I got to a phone they had disappeared.

I believe people, parents, should be very careful about what their children do and don't do because look what happened to these two. I'm looking at the picture in Saturday's paper of what is purported to be a 46-foot yacht costing $380,000 dollars. I thought someone else would call. The picture doesn't look right to me. Looks like a small boat.

Could you clarify that for me? Judy Mitchell: I'm calling in response to a response from an editor who said you published excerpts from the court's decision, Bush vs. Gore. You said it wasn't easy reading, and it was written in legal terminology and you didn't print it in full for that reason. I just wanted to say we are educated people. We can read, and we can decide for ourselves.

So please in the future, instead of editing it for us, please print it for us and we would appreciate it. Jeff, Newport News: Thank you for your article on PETA. It reaffirmed my belief that PETA's cofounder and president, Ingrid Newkirk, is a total lunatic. She's been quoted as saying any creature no matter how small should, including insects, be respected and certainly never be killed. I wonder what Ingrid would do if the PETA headquarters or her apartment became infested with mice, roaches or termites? Would she befriend the little creatures and take care of them? Saw the Feedback about getting rid of Mutts in favor of box scores.

Don't do that, Mutts is the best comic in the whole paper. Really love it. You might work than usual because it was hard to predict how many people would head to the movies on Christmas Eve. "These numbers are etched in Jell-0," said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, which released "The Family Man." No. 4 was "Dr.

Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," the year's top-grossing movie. Its weekend take was $11.6 million, giving it a $232 million total. The comedy "Miss Congeniality," starring Sandra Bullock as a tomboy FBI agent who goes undercover as a beauty pageant contestant, premiered in fifth place with $10.3 million. GOOD OL' CAR GOING UP FOR SALE Eddie King partially uncovers a "General Lee," one of the many 1969 Dodge Chargers used in production of "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV comedy series that aired on CBS from 1979 to 1985. The car will be for sale later this week in Brentwood, as part of country music legend Waylon Jennings' estate.

AP Tell us what you think Feedback here on Page A2 offers readers a chance to comment on the performance of the Daily Press, journalistic or otherwise: our news judgment, accuracy, quality, service, grammar spelling, etc. Call 247-4748 and leave a clear voice message, or send e-mail to outfront We don't require you to leave your name, but if you'd like us to use it in the paper, please spell it for us. If you need to talk with someone at the newspaper, please leave a telephone number so we can call back. Editorial Feedback on our Editorial Page gives you an opportunity to respond to editorials, political cartoons, op ed columnists or letter writers.

Call 247-2820 and leave a clear voice message, or e- mail us at com. Be sure to leave your full name and a daytime phone number where we can reach you. To express an opinion about anything at all, please submit a letter to the editor. Be sure it's legible and signed, and include a daytime phone number where we can reach you. Our address is 7505 Warwick Newport News VA 23607.

Or send e-mail to get rid of box scores and instead print the names of young people who read books every week. That would be much more appropriate I think. Erika Stensvaag, Hampton: I am writing in response to the article in Saturday's "Faith and Life" section, titled "A Child's Christmas Story." I am an art history major at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa. Needless to say, I have heard and read many scathing reviews of particular works of art which would make even the most experienced and hardened artist cringe. Never have I been more outraged by criticism than I was when I read my Daily Press on Saturday.

I feel free to call this ALMANAC Today is Monday, Dec. 25, the 360th day of 2000. This is Christmas Day. Highlight in history: In 1818, "Silent Night" was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.

On this date: In A.D. 336, the first recorded celebration of Christmas on Dec. 25 took place in Rome. In 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned king of England. In 1223, St.

Francis of Assisi assembled one of the first Nativity scenes, in Greccio, Italy. In 1776, Gen. George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, N.J. In 1868, President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War. In 1926, Hirohito became emperor of Japan, suceeding his father, Emperor Yoshihito.

(Hirohito was formally enthroned almost two years later.) In 1946, comedian W.C. Fields died in Pasadena, at age 66. In 1977, comedian Sir Charles Chaplin died in Switzerland at age 88. In 1989, ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed following a popular uprising. In 1991, Soviet President Mikhail S.

Gorbachev went on television to announce his resignation. In 1990, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev won sweeping new powers from the Congress of People's Deputies. Romania's former monarch, King Michael, arrived on his first visit to his homeland since Communist rulers forced him to abdicate four decades earlier but he was deported by the new Bucharest government less than 12 hours later. In 1995, an ailing Pope John Paul cut short his traditional Christmas greetings, telling crowds he was fighting to regain his health.

Singer Dean Martin died at his Beverly Hills, home at age 78. In 1999, space shuttle Discovery's astronauts finished their repair job on the Hubble Space Telescope. A Cuban airplane crashed in northern Venezuela, killing all 22 aboard. The Associated Press CORRECTIONS The Daily Press is eager to correct errors published in this newspaper as soon as possible. If you believe incorrect information has been published, call the appropriate number listed under "To call us" on, this page..

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