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MAYBE IF YOU GREW A BEARD ...

You have to feel a bit sorry for Bae Eun-Sik. He gave up his business to accept a gig as an actor in TV commercials in his native South Korea. Yet he's threatening to go to court because the national Advertising Review Board won't allow him in front of the camera. Why? Unfortunately, it's because he is a look-alike for Kim Jong Il, the leader of communist rival North Korea. The rationale: Kim might be offended if Bae's image were seen on the screen. Oh, yes, there's also a national security law that bans any "pro-North Korean activity."

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BUT I'LL TAKE IT ANYWAY

"The funny thing is, I didn't think I hit it very well," Harold Stilson said as he left the tee at the 108-yard 16th hole of Florida's Deerfield Country Club. This is another hole-in-one story, right? Yes - but not just any hole-in-one. It was Stilson's sixth since 1971. OK, that's quite a few for anyone. But this one is especially noteworthy since Stilson is 101, apparently the oldest golfer in history to record the feat.

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California goes to head of the class in seat-belt safety

More than one-third of the states received a below-average ranking in a national study that graded them on efforts to promote seat-belt use. A report by the National Safety Council, an advocate of tougher seat-belt laws, ranked states based on such criteria as strength of restraint laws, fatality rates, and participation of law enforcement in cracking down on violators. Over the next week, more than 10,000 law-enforcement agencies will increase patrols and checkpoints to monitor drivers. States that earned a B grade or better on their seat-belt efforts, according to the NSC:

California A

New Mexico A-

District of Columbia A-

Oregon B+

Michigan B+

Maryland B+

Hawaii B+

New York B+

Connecticut B

North Carolina B

- Associated Press

(c) Copyright 2001. The Christian Science Monitor

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