Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 3, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
HAGARMartha Stewart cancels Early Show appearance
NEW YORK — There will be no grilled Martha Stewart on The Early Show on CBS. The domestic diva cancelled her appearance on the CBS morning news program late yesterday after being told she would be asked about the investigation into her stock dealings.
She had been booked to talk about ice-box desserts.
It means there will be no repeat of her memorable appearance on the program last week, when Stewart continued to chop cabbage for a salad as host Jane Clayson asked her questions about alleged insider trading.
“I want to focus on my salad, because that’s why we’re here,” Stewart said then.
Stewart called a CBS executive to ask if she would be questioned about the investigation late yesterday, and was told she would. She later called back to bow out, said a CBS insider who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Stewart realizes that as “a premier news network,” CBS is compelled to talk about the stocks, said Allyn Magrino, a spokeswoman for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
Congressional investigators are examining whether Stewart had inside information when she sold nearly 4,000 shares of the biotech company lmClone a day before the Food and Drug Administration announced it had decided not to consider its experimental drug for combatting colorectal cancer. — Associated PressMichael Ovitz says his career was sabotaged
NEW YORK — Michael Ovitz says his career was sabotaged by several top Hollywood players, including his own former proteges at Creative Artists Agency, David Geffen and a group he refers to as the “Gay Mafia.”
In an interview for the August issue of Vanity Fair magazine, the 55-year-old former head of the CAA talent agency — once considered the most powerful man in Hollywood — blames several people for his professional downfall.
Ovitz sold his short-lived company, the Artists Management Group, in May for $12 million US to the talent management group the Firm, whose clients include the rock bands Limp Bizkit and Korn.
He blames his troubles on Disney CEO Michael Eisner, for whom he worked as president of The Walt Disney Co. until he was ousted in 1996. And he points to what he calls the Gay Mafia — though some people he's talking about aren’t gay — and says Geffen is their leader.
Ovitz is mystified as to why he was targeted.
“I didn’t kill anybody. I’m not a murderer,” Ovitz said. “I didn’t set off a bomb in a shopping centre. I didn’t take off in a white Bronco. I’m an entrepreneur. The money I lost was mine. My money, my gamble, my mistake. And still they hate me. Everyone.
“I know how hard it is for people to see me as a victim,” he says later, “but in this case it’s pretty close to the truth.”
Geffen — co founder of the DreamWorks SKG entertainment production company with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg — says of Ovitz’s comments: “Oh, please. A Gay Mafia? This is so crazy. This is insane.”
—- Associated Press
For Thursday, July 4
The Fourth of July weekend kicks off when people decide to be very direct about what they want. Strained relationships are clarified and revived when the truth is known. Key educational and career decisions will be made now as you see what friends are doing and realize you should do the same. Promised cheques may be delayed a week.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Whatever you focus your attention on flourishes. Everyone is impressed by how you keep your cool. Friends offer special invitations; you should be honoured. You can put the romance back into a predictable relationship.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Someone else’s carelessness requires you to make an extra trip. Adjust your schedule around a loved one’s new routine. Avoid forcing romance; it develops naturally. Stash easily made cash — you’ll be glad you did.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Use some time alone to map out short- and long-term goals or plot your strategy. Broken promises will undermine a love’s faith. Love from the past can reenter the picture. Education you’re considering is worth the expense.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Following your first impression will get you there faster! Catch up on correspondence. Your ideas may not be used, but they are strongly considered —
a good start. Unexpected visitors are lucky.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The activity schedule is interrupted for a date with destiny. Keep in mind that all things are possible in love. Don’t rely on the usual system. Repairs need to be done by a professional, or things could get out of hand.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (July 4) You assume leadership in all spheres. At work, your negotiating and people skills are (finally!) rewarded. Raises come by September, with better hours and a competing job offer arriving in late November. You are prominent in community or school affairs next fall.
Romance is on your terms in October, beginning with an exciting liaison over the summer. Your lucky numbers are 4, 7, 15,22 and 39.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Make up your own mind, set goals and start fresh. There’s room in the winning circle, and you might even get a fantastic invitation. The neighbours are watching out for you. You’ll get a chance to return the favour today.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ve made your decision; now stick to it. Love blossoms with your special brand of TLC. You can’t give
too much to children and loved ones today. Playing it cool makes others appreciate your
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you ask great questions, you will get juicy answers. Family demands deserve your attention, but you have a life outside, too! First dates, new love and creative efforts are key. Public speaking is risky, but the rewards are worth it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Start practicing now for an upcoming event. A book on your topic of need has some ideas that put the crowd in the palm of your hand. Get new pictures taken. Loved ones want a memento of you at your best.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There’s real money to be had if you seize the opportunity to publicize your work. Time is on your side, so do all the thinking you need to do in order to feel comfortable with your plan. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Make firm judgments. If you hesitate, you lose. A message (perhaps from a Leo) makes it even clearer what you have to do. Your opinions may come under scrutiny, but you can back up every move you’ve made.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Optimism is high; you can put a positive spin on just about anything now. Making a commitment changes things for the better. Children benefit more from your time than from any amount of money you spend.
Don’t judge companion too harshly
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ann Landers answered her readers' letters up to her death on June 22. The following was one of her last columns.
Dear Ann Landers: My 90-year-old father suffers short-term memory loss and has been in an assisted-living senior complex for the last seven years. As soon as Dad moved into his apartment, he was a huge hit with the women. TTiey began taking him out to dinner every night (he paid) and flirting with him at every opportunity. When he bought a new car for one of the ladies, I took Dad to a lawyer and obtained power of attorney.
In inc past few years, Dad has slowed down quite a bit, and I have had to step up his care. Eight months ago, Dad met “Carla,” a 65-year-old widow. I offered to buy a condo for the two of them, giving Carla half, if she would be his caregiver. I couldn’t bear to put Dad in a nursing home and felt he was entitled to a loving relationship. Carla agreed.
Now Carla is telling me she wants Dad to marry her. She says she does everything a wife would do and she wants “the paper” to prove it. She claims to be Dad’s common-law wife. I immediately moved Dad back to the senior center and told Carla I was selling the condo. The relationship is off, and so is our agreement. We
are now in legal mediation to work out our financial differences. My father is not helpful in this matter. He is a lovely man but incapable of making decisions. He wants everyone to “get along.”
Please warn your readers about scheming women who are looking to take advantage of elderly men. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. — Holding Up a Sinking Ship in California
Dear California: It is true that many widows (and widowers) take advantage of their elderly com-_ panions.
However, you are being very harsh with Carla. She was more than a caregiver to your father, and you admitted it was a loving relationship.
I assume you are worried that Carla will inherit your father’s money. There are ways to protect his estate without removing Carla from his life. Please discuss this with a lawyer before you make any final decisions.
Dear Ann Landers: The letter from “Dismayed Mother in San Jose, Calif.,” made me angry. At her daughter’s wedding, the
• In 1971, Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors, died of heart failure in his bathtub in Paris. He was 27. There were rumours of a drug overdose, but nothing was proved. News of Morrison’s death was not made public until days after his burial in a Paris cemetery, leading some of his fans to refuse to believe he was dead. The epitaph on his tomb reads: “Jim Morrison — Poet.”
The rest of the Doors — John Densmore, Ray Manzarek and Robby Kneger — made several more albums, but the group was no more by 1973. There was renewed interest in Morrison with the 1990 release of director Oliver Stone’s movie The Doors, starring Val Kilmer as Morrison.
• In 1965, the Beatles played a concert in the Barcelona Bullring in Spain.
• In 1969, Brian Jones, the former guitarist with the Rolling Stones, was found dead in the swimming pool of his home near Hartsfield, England The coroner’s report cited death by misadvc had left |Jie Stones less
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than a month earlier, announcing plans to form his own band.
• Also on this date in 1969, for the first and only time, the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island featured rock artists. Among them were Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin and Ten Years After.
• In 1970, the three-day Atlanta Pop Festival opened. More than 200,000 people listened to such performers as Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and Jethro Tull.
• In 1972, blues singer and guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell died in Memphis, Term., of cancer at 68. He did not make his first recordings until 1959, when he was 55, but he became one of the best known of all country blues singers during the 1960s. Singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt was responsible for bonging McDowell to the attention of rock fans, including him on her tours and recording his songs. McDowell’s best known composition is You Got to Move, recorded by the Rolling Stones on their Sticky Fingers album. McDowell’s own EP, I Do Not Play No Rock and Roll, was ntem-
groom shoved cake into the bride’s face, ruining her dress and make-up. When she burst into tears, both the groom and his family laughed and took pictures. My heart aches for that girl. Wasn’t there one civilized guest at the wedding who tried to stop that idiot groom?
Smashing cake into the bnde’s face is not a “tradition.” It is a fairly recent practice that appeals to immature slobs. Please tell that battered bride to seek counselling immediately and find a way to handle her sadistic husband and father-in-law. You can be sure this incident and the bride’s tears will be rehashed at every family gathering for years to come.
When the bride sees a therapist, I hope she will realize that the brutality and hostility heaped on her at her wedding spotlights a marriage that is not worth saving. — Disgusted in California
Dear California: I received a ton of mail from readers who were outraged by that man’s boorish behaviour and the insensitivity of his father and brothers. They said he broke a solemn promise and could not be trusted.
Many also believed the groom was intimidated by Daddy and would never be able to stand up to him. Any man who would treat his wife so shabbily on their wedding day is not likely to improve as time goes by.
inated for two Grammy Awards in 1970.
• In 1973, David Bowie announced at a London concert that ended a 60-date British tour that he would never again perform on stage. He disbanded his backing group, The Spiders From Mars, and went to Paris to record an album. But Bowie’s retirement was shortlived — he was back on stage in the U.S. less than a year later with his Diamond Dogs tour.
• In 1978, the musical drama Concerto pour Helene by Claude Leveille was premiered as part of Quebec City’s 370th anniversary celebrations. Leveille composed the work in honour of Helene Boule, the wife of Quebec City’s founder, Samuel de Champlain.
• In 1982, John Cougar Mellencamp held a thank-you concert in Fort Wayne, Ind., for those who helped sandbag during a recent flood.
• Also in 1982, rioting broke out in San Diego at a concert by the Bangles and Three O’Clock. Several members of the Bangles were physically carried out over the fighting.
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Yesterday’s Cryptoquote: PEACE IS NOL MADE AT TUE COUNCIL TABLE, OR BY TREATIES, BUT IN THE HEARTS Of MEN. — HERBERT HOOVER
I CALL PNY IDEA "COFFEE WITH THE BOSS." EACH EMPLOYEE WILL GET ONE HOUR OF QUALITY TIME WITH ME .
AND YET, ITS STILL BETTER THAN WORKING, SO COUNT ME IN .
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I'D RATHER STAPLE A SKUNK TO MY FOREHEAD AND GO TO A TRADE SHOW FOR BANJO MAKERS.