Beauty with an attitude

Los Angeles � Raquel Welch attributes her youthful beauty to a simple regime: "Exercise, diet and attitude."

The 62-year-old actress says she's religious about daily exercise and starts each morning with two large glasses of water.

"If you're feeling great, you look better," Welch, star of the new PBS series "American Family," said in Sunday's issue of Parade Magazine. "I reject the idea that you can't do this after 30, this after 40 and so on. In my teens and 20s I was running around in bikinis, and that was fine. But this is the best time of my life."

'E.T.' given makeover

Los Angeles � Director Steven Spielberg gave E.T., the spindly alien star of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," a facelift for the movie's 20th anniversary rerelease.

Spielberg had more than 140 shots reworked and, in some cases, filmed again for the updated version of his high-grossing classic, set to premier nationwide on Friday.

Special effects artists digitally manipulated E.T. to make the alien appear more lifelike.

Even the movie's signature shot of the boy Elliot riding his flying bicycle in front of a full moon was reshot to replace a figurine used in the original with an actual child.

Exercise in discipline

Vail, Colo. � Christopher Reeve may not be walking on his 50th birthday in September as he once promised, but he isn't giving up hope.

"There will be a cure. It is very important for me to stay in the best possible condition to be prepared," he said in an interview at a weekend fund-raising event for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.

Since the fall from a horse that injured his spinal cord, Reeve has become an advocate of increased funding for a cure for paralysis.

He also has pushed himself, riding a bike 10 miles a day three times a week while using electrical stimulation to move his legs.

All hope not lost

Los Angeles � Broadcast journalist Linda Ellerbee figured she'd find devastation when she visited Afghanistan for her news show for children.

What she didn't expect to find was that children themselves don't act devastated at all.

"You see kids in what looks like a hopeless situation and yet all we found was hope," Ellerbee said.

"Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan" was on Sunday's schedule on the Nickelodeon cable network.

Ellerbee found children who have managed to turn burned-out helicopters and bomb craters into makeshift playgrounds, and use sticks as both bats and balls for pickup games of baseball.


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