Friday, July 12, 2002
New York honors shooting victim
New York ï¿½ The City Council has put shooting victim Amadou Diallo's name on the section of the Bronx street where he was killed.
Part of Wheeler Avenue was renamed Amadou Diallo Place on Wednesday. The 22-year-old West African immigrant was killed two years ago when four police officers fired 41 shots at him as he reached for his wallet. The officers, who said they thought he was reaching for a gun, were acquitted of murder and other charges.
Bergen defends Quayle speech
Pasadena, Calif. ï¿½ Turns out actress Candice Bergen really did agree with Dan Quayle.
Ten years ago, then-Vice President Quayle criticized Bergen's "Murphy Brown" TV character for "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another 'lifestyle choice."'
"I never have really said much about the whole episode, which was endless," Bergen said Tuesday. "But his speech was a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable and nobody agreed with that more than I did."
In May, Quayle touted the moral value of "The Osbournes," MTV's hit series about the profanity-filled home life of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his family.
Quayle liked that the offensive words were bleeped and the show featured what he called two "loving parents."
"That Dan, you just can't predict him," Bergen said, laughing.
Director Demme snares award
Waterville, Maine ï¿½ Director Jonathan Demme will be honored with a midlife achievement award at the fifth annual Maine International Film Festival.
The festival opens today and will continue through July 21 at the Waterville Opera House and Railroad Square Cinema.
"It's a pretty outstanding festival, for the degree of sophistication and the consistent quality of the films, which is something you don't often see in a small town in an out-of-the-way region," said Boston-based filmmaker Devon Demonte. "The location probably helps, because it attracts bigger-name filmmakers who want a vacation."
Demme, 58, who won an Oscar for 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs," will receive his award July 17. Several other Demme films will be shown at the festival, including "Stop Making Sense" and "Married to the Mob."
Pornographer in more trouble
New York ï¿½ Pornographer Al Goldstein has been arrested on suspicion of harassing his ex-wife, five months after he was convicted of harassing a former secretary with obscene phone calls, editorials and television commentary.
The Screw magazine publisher faces an aggravated harassment charge after police said he published a mock wanted poster of his wife and her work number at a private Upper East Side boys' elementary school, the New York Post reported. He was arrested on Wednesday.
Goldstein's ex-wife reported receiving 13 phone calls after the poster was published, police said.
He was sentenced in May to 60 days in jail after prosecutors accused him of victimizing his former secretary by branding her "a low-life" on his cable television show.