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8A - The Index-Journal, Greenwood, S.C. National Sunday. Jury 11. 1999 people j: .4 in the news CTC?' Polygamist gets up to 10 years for sex with niece RONALD REAGAN: Featured on license plates LOS ANGELES ( AP) Ronald Reagan could receive a high honor in his car-loving state: his face on a California license plate. If the state Senate approves the bill, drivers could pay $50 extra to use the special car tags, which would show the smiling former president ana governor wearing a cowboy hat. Nancy Reagan supports the idea, and last week called a state Republican lawmaker to spur the effort when the bill to authorize the plates stalled in the Senate's Transportation Committee. The panel voted on Tuesday Mrs. Reagan's 78th birthday to send the bill to the full Senate. If the bill to appear on any of the state's special plates. dp AUSTIN POWERS: Sequel banned in Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The Austin Powers sequel was too hot, baby, for the Malaysian censors. The National Film Censorship Board in the predominantly Muslim country banned 'The Spy Who Shagged Me" this week. Its members decided that there was too much sexual innuendo and that cutting it out would disrupt the flow of the movie, the Star newspaper reported Friday. The filmmakers couldn't have been surprised, since the comedy is packed with sex jokes and double-entendres. The word "shag" is British slang for sex. Rolf Mittweg. head of international marketing at New Line Cinema, which released the comedy, said last month that the Malaysian censors wanted to change the title to "The Spy Who ... Me." HUGH HEFNER: Ex-girlfriend's suit proceeds LOS ANGELES (AP) Hugh Hefner and, Playboy magazine have apparently lost a bid to dismiss a breach-of-contract lawsuit by Hefner's ex-girlfriend. Superior Court Judge Paul Boland tentatively refused Wednesday to dismiss Came Leigh's suit, which seeks unspecified damages for use of a nude photograph of her in the recently released book "Inside the Playboy Mansion." The suit, claiming invasion of privacy and defamation, said Hefner and Playboy violated terms of a previous agreement by using the photo. Defense lawyers asked for dismissal of the suit, arguing it could chill First Amendment rights. Ms. Leigh's complaint said she has not been in the public eye since 1988 and is "attempting to live her life as a mother and wife without connection to her past life with Playboy and Hefner." Playboy attorney Anthony Glassman characterized the suit as a "publicity stunt." Ms. Leigh filed a $35 million palimony suit against Hefner in 1988, claiming he defrauded and deceived her by allegedly abandoning promises to support her and father a child. She later dropped the lawsuit. EMMA THOMPSON: Toys with baby names LONDON (AP) Emma Thompson says she's flummoxed over what name to give her child. "Every name I think of gets pooh-poohed by my partner, the young Mr. Greg Wise," Thompson said. "I have sort of given up thinking of names now." Thompson, who won an Academy Award in 1991 for her performance in "Howards End," made her remarks before a screenwriting awards ceremony her last public outing before her October due date, she said. "I have been toying with names like Winston and Clementine, but I don't think they are going to wash," Thompson said, referring to Winston Churchill and his wife. Thompson also said she's in semi-retirement. "Having reached 40 this year, if they were going to find someone to play opposite me .they would have to exhume him." she said. EMMA THOMPSON JOHN HOCKENBERRY: Cable show canceled NEW YORK (AP) John Hockenberry is 0-for-2 when it comes to MSNBC. ' The cable television network has canceled his second show in as many years. Hockenberry announced on the air Wednesday that his next show , would be his last. One of his final discussion topics, he told viewers, might I be why cable TV "sucks." Instead, he used his last minutes of air time Thursday to thank a litany of I staffers and show snapshots of his children. ; MSNBC spokesman Cory Shields confirmed the cancellation but had no I further continent. Hockenberry will return to work as a reporter for "Date-i line NBC." His weekend newsmagazine, "Edgewise," was canceled by j MSNBC two years ago. ; The network, which is struggling in prime-time against Fox News Chan-i nel, is expected to announce a new schedule soon. ' It is expected to include a new hourlong biography series anchored by I Matt Lauer, "Headliners and Legends." CNBC's "Hardball," with Chris ! Matthews as host, may also soon shift to MSNBC. BARNEY, SAN DIEGO CHICKEN: Battle ends ( SAN DIEGO (AP) A legal tug-of-war between Barney the purple dinosaur and the Famous San Diego Chicken may have finally come to an I end. , ' A panel of three federal judges has upheld the dismissal of a patent ! infringement lawsuit brought by Barney's owners, Lyons Partnership LP, I against Ted Giannoulas, who performs comedy skits at sporting events as ! the Famous San Diego Chicken. Lyons objected to a Giannoulas skit in which the chicken pretended to beat up a purple dinosaur. ; Barney's people, who sought up to $100,000 in damages, claimed the per- formance was a trademark infringement because the dinosaur costume used ! in the act resembled the TV Barney. The lawsuit was dismissed last year, with a judge saying the Chicken's ' routine was clearly a parody. The three-judge appeals panel unanimously : rejected Lyons' appeal. Lyons was also ordered to pay Giannoulas' legal fees. His attorney said I Thursday they amount to about $ 1 80,000. j A spokeswoman for the partnership said the company has not decided ! whether to appeal to the Supreme Court. i iLEIF GARRETT: 70s teen idol tries to avoid jail LOS ANGELES (AP) Former teen idol I -if Car- f .VV-A ' rett showed up in court a day early in hopes of avoiding 1 jail time on cocaine and heroin charges. 1 Garrett, 37, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday i morning, but he and his attorney made a surprise 1 appearance in court late Thursday. They asked the court I to order a report to determine Garrett's eligibility for a j diversion program that would mean drug counseling instead of jail time. A inilii cof on Aim 1 hoTnnn The former child actor and '70s singing sensation was ' one of several people arrested June 29 during a sting at OAKKLII an apartment building known for drug activity. He was charged with cocaine and heroin possession. V He is free on $10,000 baiL Garrett recently finished work on a film called "Art of the Bullet," scheduled for release next month. r r;-.-; ... ' - . . SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A judge on Friday sentenced a prominent polygamist to up to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence, for having sex with his 16-year-old niece. Third District Judge David S. Young ordered David Ortell Kingston, who is thought to be a leader in Utah's most prominent polygamist clan, to serve two consecutive terms of up to five years each on conviction for incest and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Young also fined Kingston $10,000 and ordered him to pay court expenses. Kingston. 33. mouthed "I love you" to his legal wife and five children as he was led out of the courtroom in a red prison jumpsuit and handcuffs. He was convicted June 3 after his niece testified that she married him in a secret ceremony complete with a wedding dress, ring and a honeymoon at a Park City hotel. She said that she was his ISth wife and that they had sex four times. During the trial. Young tried to keep polygamy out of the case. But Friday he changed his tune. "In this sentencing, polygamy is an issue," he said. To deny that is "sort of like saying that we can ignore the 500-pound elephant in the living room." The case thrust polygamy back into the Utah spotlight and already sent Kingston's brother the girl's father to jail. John Daniel Kingston is serving 28 weeks for beating his daughter for running away from her uncle. He pleaded no contest to reduced charges of child abuse. The two brothers are sons of John Ortell Kingston, the late leader of the Latter Day Church of God. a Mormon splinter group with about 1.000 members and a $150 million business empire in six Western states. Kingston's attorney Susanne Gustin-Furgis said her client is not a typical sex offender. She asked the judge to ignore the prosecution's recommendation for the maximum, suggesting five months of jail time, followed by two years of supervised probation. "If he is a polygamist, as has been alleged, this is really a religious practice," she said. "This is not a compulsion." But the judge soon interrupted her as she tried to compare Kingston to other sex cases. "In some respects I believe that Mr. Kingston has been a victim of misguided family instruction." Young said. But, he added later, "He's shown no indication that he knows it was wrong." Prosecutor Dane Nolan said that he was pleased with the sentence, but insisted Kingston should not be seen as a victim, because "he chose to engage in this lifestyle." An estimated 25,000 to 35,000 polygamists live in Utah and other parts of the West. Most belong to offshoots of the Mormon Church, which renounced polygamy in 1890 under pressure from Congress and the courts. Swingers descend on Reno RENO. Nev, (AP) There haven't been any Austin Powers sightings. But thousands of swingers have convened here this weekend to view erotic art. attend human sexuality workshops and do, uh, what swingers do. The hotel pool was dominated Friday by itsy-bitsy, string bikinis. One man wore a T-shirt that read. "Guess Where I'm Pierced." Just don't call it a "swingers conference" at least not around chief organizer Robert McGinley, a psychologist from Anaheim, Calif. "It is NOT a swingers conference. It is NOT a sex conference," McGinley, founder of Lifestyles Organization, said during an opening briefing Friday. For the record, it's the "Lifestyles '99 Reno Rendezvous," which touts its educational programs, personal freedom and sexual equality. Workshops include "Romance on the Internet," "HIV Update," "500 Unusual Sex Practices," "Growing Up With Kinky Parents" and "Sex Without Guilt: The Morality of Sexual Pluralism." Porn star Ron Jeremy was slated to speak on "Sex and the Law." There's a session called "Introduction to Swinging ... for experienced and novice swingers alike" 1 consenting couples who swap spouses or practice other-than-monogamous relationships. It oTfers tips on how "to handle jealousy, personal hygiene and safe sex." "A lot of people here are involved in swinging." McGinley conceded. "But the Lifestyles Convention sponsors no sex acts whatsoever. What it does is let people learn about it." McGinley said that after 30 years of study, he still can't define a "swinger." "We have nudists here. We have people involved in threesomes. We have people who are plain ordinary couples exploring the possibility of enhancing their relationship," he said. Janine Hansen, founder of the Nevada Eagle Forum affiliated with conservative Phyllis Schlafly. criticized the convention as reinforcing a negative stereotype of Nevada as the "Sin State." "It promotes the image that this isn't a stable community," she told the Reno News & Review. a Px f& Is.-. '& KRT photo Poverty tour President Clinton stops to hug Jesse Jackson as California governor Gray Davis looks on, right, at the National Academy Foundation. Clinton ended, Thursday, a four-day tour of poverty pockets from Appalachia to Watts and called for investment in the "human capital" living in impoverished areas. NAACP celebrates 90th birthday, recommits to civil rights NEW YORK (AP) The NAACP is recommitting itself to fight ills still gripping black America as the nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization celebrates its 90th birthday. "This convention will be celebratory, but we will also be looking back towards the principles we were founded on," said Julian Bond, the NAACP's national board chairman. "It's nice to reminisce, but we can't afford not to keep looking forward." As an expected 14,000 members trickled into New York for Saturday's start of the six-day conference, NAACP officials mourned Friday's death of James Farmer, founder of the Congress of Racial Equality and the last survivor of the "Big Four" who guided the civil rights battles of the 1950s and .1960s. " "The civil rights movement has lost a giant," Borid said. The four Farmer, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Whitney Young of the Urban League and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP led many of the marches, sit-ins and freedom rides through the South that transformed America's racial landscape. While those accomplishments helped in the area of public accommodations and voting rights, the civil rights struggles of the 1990s are examining why black Americans are paid less, do not achieve as well in school and vote in fewer numbers than whites. "Wc have to look inward first as a community looking for solutions," said the NAACP's president, Kweisi Mfume, who is responsible for day-to-day operations. "I feel we have strengths we don't always use. Once we look inside to overcome obstacles, then we can pressure government and others to our causes." The convention's wide-ranging agenda also deals with police brutality, job discrimination in federal workplaces, health disparities between white and black America and peace and order in Africa, Mfume said. 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