- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Advertisers urged to resist "Temptation"

NEW YORK A conservative watchdog group said yesterday it is urging the 100 top brand-name companies not to advertise on Fox TV's "Temptation Island" because of the show's content, in which scantily clad beauties and attractive men try to break up couples.

The move came after three big-name advertisers, Sears, Roebuck and Co., Quaker Oats Co. and Best Buy Co. said they had pulled their ads from the show even though it is a ratings winner.

"This is the type of action that comes when advertisers take a look at what's on TV," said Mark Honig, executive director of the Parents Television Council.

"There are lots of ratings winners, but shows are more than just ratings and advertisers are looking at content to see whether it's something the company wants to be associated with."

Sears said it advertised on the first episode of "Temptation Island" on Jan. 10 only because it was a free "make-good" commercial to make up for a previously paid ad on another Fox TV show.

Judge allows bombing confession

NEW YORK A federal judge ruled yesterday that incriminating statements by three Osama bin Laden supporters can be used as evidence in their trial for the 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

The decision reverses a ruling by U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand barring a key confession by Mohamed Rashed Daoud Owahli, who has reportedly admitted riding in the truck used to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Kenya and called the attack a "martyrdom operation."

The judge heard new testimony last week that Mr. Owahli had been told of his right to counsel.

Peltier criticizes Clinton pardons

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. Leonard Peltier, the Indian murderer of two FBI agents, criticized former President Bill Clinton yesterday for pardoning only political supporters and contributors.

"We can see who was granted clemency and why. The big donors to the president's campaign were able to buy justice, something we just couldn't afford," Peltier said in a statement dictated from his cell in federal prison and released by the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.

"What Bill Clinton did to us was cruel," Peltier said. "Many political prisoners continue to languish unjustly, proof that this nation's talk about reconciliation is nothing but empty rhetoric."

Peltier claims he was framed for the killings in a gun battle in 1975 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Couple didn't find secret recipe, KFC says

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. A handwritten note found in the basement of a home once owned by Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Col. Harland Sanders does not contain his secret recipe, KFC said yesterday.

Restaurateurs Tommy and Cherry Settle, who bought the home in the 1970s, found the leather datebook 16 months ago. It had a recipe specifying portions of 11 herbs and spices.

Tommy Settle wanted to authenticate the recipe in hopes of selling the book to a collector, and contacted KFC, said the Settles' attorney, Glenn Cohen. KFC responded last week by suing for possession of the book and recipe.

"We thoroughly examined the list of ingredients Mr. Settle threatened to sell through public auction, and it is definitely not the secret original recipe," said a statement from Amy Sherwood, a spokeswoman for KFC parent company Tricon Global Restaurants Inc. KFC later dropped the lawsuit.

Actor Hopkins wins Hasty Pudding award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter will have the roles reversed and be roasted himself at Harvard University in February.

Actor Anthony Hopkins, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Hannibal in "The Silence of the Lambs," was named Man of the Year by Harvard University's irreverent Hasty Pudding Theatricals yesterday.

Mr. Hopkins, star of "Nixon" and "The Remains of the Day," is to be ridiculed and presented with the Pudding Pot on Feb. 15. Mr. Hopkins reprised his role as Hannibal in a movie of the same name to be released next month.

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