Glover: War is not the answer

Little Rock, Ark. � Danny Glover urged an audience of more than 700 people at the University of Arkansas to take a more active role in their communities and in the world.

The star of films including "The Color Purple" and the "Lethal Weapon" series, Glover said, "It's extremely important that we listen to and learn from one another in the larger global community."

On the eve of Wednesday's one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Glover said war was not the key to fighting terrorism. Instead, he said, the government should attack "the sources of terrorism," such as poverty.

"Going to war and taking lives is not the process that works," he said. "What you've done is effectively cut off any discourse or dialogue. If we're only going to govern by anger, then we've lost the game."

Wanted: Scientific film script

New York � Robert De Niro and his Tribeca Film Institute partner, Jane Rosenthal, are looking for scripts with scientific or technological themes for possible development.

The scripts, due Nov. 1, should have a leading character who is a scientist, mathematician or engineer. Each submission should include a feature-length script, a short synopsis up to two pages, and the writer's resume. Science fiction story lines won't be accepted.

Two writers will be chosen in the first year of the program, and will receive financial support and insight from filmmakers and science experts.

Scripts should be sent to the Tribeca Film Institute, 375 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, Attention: Tribeca/Sloan Film Program.

Stephanopoulos a new dad

Washington � George Stephanopoulos and his wife, Alexandra Wentworth, are the proud parents of 6-pound, 9-ounce Elliot Wentworth Stephanopoulos, born Monday morning at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

A former adviser to President Clinton, Stephanopoulos, who has been working for ABC News, makes his debut Sunday morning as the anchor of ABC News' "This Week."

Wentworth, an actress, and Stephanopoulos wed in November.

Astronaut claims self-defense

Beverly Hills � Buzz Aldrin was defending himself when he swung at a man who asked him to swear on a Bible that he'd been to the moon, the former astronaut's publicist said.

"Buzz Aldrin was forced to protect himself and his stepdaughter when he was aggressively confronted outside a Beverly Hills hotel," publicist Robert O'Brien said.

Authorities were investigating a report by Bart Sibrel, 37, who said the former Apollo 11 astronaut attacked him Monday at the Luxe Hotel.

Sibrel said he'd confronted Aldrin twice before and was surprised that Aldrin, 72, reacted the way he did this third time.

"I was very surprised that he hit me, I thought it was very foolish of him to do it in front of two video cameras," Sibrel said. "He has a good punch. It was quick, too. I didn't see it coming."

Aldrin's publicist said the videotape shows Sibrel blocking the way as Aldrin and his stepdaughter were leaving the hotel.


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