Mayor not a Manson fan

Fearing the effects of "bad ideas" on Polish young people, Warsaw's mayor on Tuesday urged parents to keep their children away from a concert by American shock rocker Marilyn Manson.

"It promotes bad ideas, bad values. It promotes violence," Antoni Pietkiewicz said of the performer's religion-bashing lyrics.

He urged parents during a radio interview to "protect our children, our young people" by forbidding them to attend the concert Tuesday night.

The mayor sharply criticized a Warsaw district governor for allowing the concert to be scheduled in the Torwar sports hall.

Poland's powerful Roman Catholic church and education authorities also have protested. About 90 percent of Poland's 39 million people regard themselves as Catholics.

Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, takes his stage name from Marilyn Monroe and cult murderer Charles Manson. He and his band are on a European tour.

King horrified at lack of coverage

Horror writer Stephen King has sued his insurance company for $10 million, claiming it failed to provide full coverage for injuries he suffered when a van hit him in western Maine two years ago.

King filed the lawsuit against Commercial Union York Insurance Co., which has branches in Portland and Bangor, last week in Penobscot County Superior Court.

He and his wife, Tabitha, will seek the umbrella policy's $10 million limit plus interest of 1.5 percent per month, said their lawyer, Warren M. Silver of Bangor, who said the figure falls well short of the Kings' physical and financial damages.

King, 53, was injured in June 1999 when a van driven by Bryan Smith of Fryeburg struck the author as he was walking along the shoulder of Route 5 near his vacation home in Lovell.

Lauren owes it all to Mom

Looking back, Lauren Bacall credits one person for her illustrious career � her mother.

"I can never talk enough about her because she was such a gift," the 76-year-old actress said on Monday in Rochester, N.Y. "The best of me came from her."

She thanked her mother, Natalie Perske, for the sacrifices she made so Bacall could act. When her father abandoned them, her mother worked six days a week as a secretary to support her, Bacall said.

Hollywood screenwriter dies

Sy Gomberg, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, producer and civil rights activist who in recent years spoke out forcefully against "gratuitous and unpunished violence" in motion pictures and television entertainment, has died. He was 82.

Gomberg, who for many years headed the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences committee on documentaries, died of a heart attack Sunday at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.

The writer's own Academy Award nomination came early in his career � in 1951 for best story for the previous year's "When Willie Comes Marching Home."


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