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WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

There are frivolous lawsuits, and then there's the 125-page gem filed by Chad Gabriel DeKoven, an inmate at Standish (Mich.) Maximum Security Facility. For starters, his petition demands a full pardon, peace in the Middle East, the return of all US troops based overseas within 90 days - and that he be treated as "Messiah-God." State Judge David Lawson dismissed it as "devoid of merit," but did concede that it was neatly typed.

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The New Yorker cleans up on top magazine honors, again

For the second year in a row, The New Yorker dominated the National Magazine Awards, winning five "Ellies." They are given by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Selected winners:

General excellence

1 million or more circulation: Teen People

400,000 to 1 million: The New Yorker

Special Interests

The New Yorker

Reporting

Esquire

Feature Writing

Rolling Stone

Profiles

The New Yorker

Photos

National Geographic

Essays

The New Yorker

Reviews/Criticism

The New Yorker

Online Excellence

U.S. News & World Report

- Associated Press

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