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By Compiled from wire service reports by Robert Kilborn and Kristen Broman-Worthington / May 13, 2002



Call it a moving target

The phone conversation began ominously. "Honey," the caller said, "I hope you can have a sense of humor about this ..." Uh-oh. A Monitor editor braced for bad news. Her husband was on the line, and it seems the repair garage had phoned to report her 2000 Saturn – on which repairs were almost complete after an accident in late March – was being taken to a dealership to replace its airbag when ... wham! Fresh damage – inflicted by a vehicle leaving the parking lot of a fast-food outlet. Back to Square One. "Did somebody," she asked, "replace my license plate with a bullseye?"

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Um, Daddy ...

In Sun Valley, Idaho, Tallulah Belle Willis and her two cousins had no difficulty selling their Girl Scout cookies this year. The threesome came up with the idea of shipping as many as they could to troops involved in Operation Enduring Freedom, the US counterterrorism war. But first they needed someone to buy them. No problem: Tallulah's father said he'd help. So actor Bruce Willis bought 12,000 boxes, which are now on their way overseas.

Drawing on a great legacy, Britons pick all-time pop hit

Britons, who take great pride in their long history of top-of-the-charts pop music groups, have chosen "Bohemian Rhapsody," a 1975 hit by Queen as their all-time favorite, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. More than 31,000 people participated in a Guinness survey for its book, "British Hit Singles." The Beatles? They or lead singer John Lennon claimed five spots in the top 10. The list:

1. "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen
2. "Imagine," John Lennon
3. "Hey Jude," The Beatles
4. "Dancing Queen," Abba
5. "Like a Prayer," Madonna
6. "Angels," Robbie Williams
7. Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever," The Beatles
8. "Wannabe," Spice Girls
9. "Yesterday," The Beatles
10. "Let It Be," The Beatles
– Wire services

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