- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

Fizzy competition
"Pepsi thinks it's got the right one, baby. On the cola wars' newest frontier, Pepsi trumped the much-hyped Vanilla Coke with a bubbly birth announcement of its own yesterday.
"Introducing Pepsi Blue a fizzy concoction that marries berry flavors with the familiar cola formula .
"While most new sodas have fizzled on the market (remember New Coke and Crystal Pepsi?), industry experts say Code Red the cherry incarnation of the Dew classic has been a resounding commercial success
"Since adults have shied away from soda in recent years in favor of bottled water and iced teas, Pepsi hopes Blue which will debut in late July will appeal to teens, the next generation of soda drinkers.
On the other end of the color spectrum, Pepsi's archrival is in town to toast its own creation Vanilla Coke with a launch party at the Manhattan nightclub Pressure tonight .
"Vanilla Coke hits shelves May 15 but it failed The [New York] Post's own in-house taste test last month.
'Weird' and 'uggh!' were among the responses."
Debra Birnbaum, writing on 'Pepsi eyes Blue heaven,' in yesterday's New York Post

Webbed American icon
"Like Superman and Batman, he is an orphan, though like the former, he is taken in and 'adopted' into a nurturing environment. Unlike Captain America, he is not in the military. He's just a high-school kid who gets bitten (in the original story) by a radioactive spider. Then, through an act of adolescent selfishness, tragedy strikes. Thus, the fourth great superhero archetype is born driven by a guilt-induced responsibility and painfully aware of what can occur when that responsibility is ignored. His name is, of course, Spider-Man
"Comic books especially the superhero trope are a unique part of Americana and the blue-red-webbed hero is part of that tradition "
"But, more than that, Spider-Man is an American hero a human being born of a particular American moment."
Robert George, writing on 'New Yorker, American,' yesterday on National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com)

Washington 20500
"In the wee hours, the party moved down the hill to an apres-apres get-together at a suite in the Hilton. There, you had to figure the banished Clintonites and Democrats the ghosts of Correspondents Dinners' past could finally let their hair down.
"But there was Beverly Hills 90210's Shannen Doherty, G.O.P. bad girl, enthusing about her trip to the White House that day (eat your heart out, Chloe Sevigny). Ms. Doherty said she couldn't have cared less about the White House itself she wanted to see the stars who worked inside.
"I would have never stepped foot in the Clinton White House!" she said. "They were sleazy."
Gabriel Snyder, writing on "Reporter's party makes George W. bigger than Ozzy," in yesterday's New York Observer


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