- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 31, 2008

NOBLE: The generous Ohio high-schooler who won two automobiles in a drawing — and gave one away. Sandusky High School holds a rather unseemingly perfect attendance competition: It awards a new car by random drawing to one lucky student who misses no class. (In the olden days, good performance was its own reward. But that is another story.) This year, incredibly, of 55 perfect attendees, the same student who won last year did it a second time. The sequence bears telling, since it is quite extraordinary. Last year, when winner James Pankow beat dozens of other students, he chose to sell the automobile and sock the money safely away for savings - a lesson in thrift for this nation whose personal savings rate is now negative. The second time, though, James won and could hardly believe the incalculable odds. There must not be a greedy bone in this young man’s body, however. He immediately asked teachers to draw another name from the hat. Thus, another student was able to share in the good fortune.

So, first young James taught his peers a lesson in thrift and restraint. Then, he turned extraordinary good luck into exemplary generosity.

For two good stories wrapped into one, Sandusky High School’s James Pankow is the Noble of the Week.

KNAVE: Brainiac Sharon Stone, for blaming the Chinese earthqake on “Karma” after telling Sean Combs he smokes crack. It was quite a week for the 50-year-old actress. First, Miss Stone managed to raise a praiseworthy $10 million at the Cannes Film Festival for the American Foundation for AIDS Research. But she inexplicably stooped to stereotypes when Mr. Combs - “Diddy,” he now prefers to be called - stopped his bidding at 300,000 euros. “Come on, you spend more on crack,” she said in the week’s second-most-tasteless botched joke. The audience gasped.

But the worst came several days later. “I’m not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else,” the evidently brilliant Miss Stone said. “And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you?”

For perhaps the first time ever, it is hard to second-guess the views of Communist China’s state-controlled news organ. The official Xinhua News agency labeled Miss Stone the “public enemy of all mankind.”

For insulting billions of people on multiple continents, Sharon Stone is the Knave of the Week.

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