- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 12, 2002

Symbolic peace
"There's still violence in movies, but Hollywood has become obsessed with peace or at least peace signs. The symbols are popping up on hats, clothes and jewelry, and stars are jumping on the peace train.
"'People like to wear symbols but the cross or the Star of David can separate us,' says jeweler Deborah Chaffey Brierre, whose platinum-and-diamond pendants have graced the necks of Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman. 'The peace sign brings us together.'
"Others joining the love-in include L.A. clothing lines Riley, which embroiders the symbol on jackets and jeans, and Peace Pals, which prints 'Got Peace?' on hats. New York artist Udi Behr has also engraved the slogan 'Time for Peace' on watches for Lucien Picard. Struggling to keep up with the demand for her pendants, Brierre isn't surprised by the resurgence. 'Peace is something that we all yearn for,' she says. 'Plus, they're just really pretty.'"
Courtney Watson in "Peace Offering" in the September issue of Allure magazine

Radio rules
"The latest numbers showing who is listening to what on the radio dial are good news for talk radio. Only talk radio and Spanish-language broadcasts are showing any growth in listenership. This doesn't please liberals. When liberals aren't pleased, something must be going right.
"So, what is the source of this discontent for the left? Conservatives. There are just too many conservatives on talk radio. Liberals consider conservatives to be evil, and this makes talk radio evil and something deserving of eradication.
"There have been multiple news stories and opinion pieces over the past few months trying to explain the conservative slant of talk radio. So far, nobody has it quite right. Talk radio doesn't skew to the conservative side because that's the way the corporate ownership wants it. There's nothing sinister at work here. No conspiracy no grand right-wing plan. Conservatives and libertarians dominate because, to put it bluntly, liberals can't survive in the talk-radio wars.
"So, just what is so different about talk radio? Simple. Radio talk-show hosts can't hit and run. They can throw their opinions out there, just like writers and commentators do, but they then have to sit right there and deal with the feedback. There's a blinking row of lights there, and every one of those lights is another caller just waiting to nail the talk-show host to the wall for any factual or logical error."
Neal Boortz, Atlanta talk-radio host, writing on "Why liberals are not in talk radio," Tuesday in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Hollywood hero
"More than any of his Young Hollywood brethren, Heath Ledger has made a career out of playing heroes. And not just everyday heroes. [T]he husky-voiced 23-year-old who was named for a certain 'Wuthering Heights' protagonist looked every inch the horse-savvy matinee idol as Mel Gibson's son in 'The Patriot' and as the charmingly armored lead in 'A Knight's Tale.'
"Ledger roars again, alongside Kate Hudson and Wes Bentley, in this month's 'The Four Feathers' director Shekhar Kapur's production-plagued but fairly faithful remake of the 1939 adventure. The heartthrob plays Harry Feversham, a pish-poshing, colonializing Brit who after being crowned a featherweight coward by his proper school pals winds up trying to save them during the conflict in 1875 Sudan.
"Obviously, Ledger is in his element in this sweeping epic, especially since he spent time himself in a military school near his hometown of Perth. There, his engineer father taught him early on how to race go-carts. Now, in 'Feathers,' Ledger shows he can ride a camel, too."
John Griffiths, riding on "Have Camel, Will Travel," in the September issue of Premiere magazine

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