<DOCNO> AP890823-0105 </DOCNO>
<FIRST>r a AM-People 08-23 0956</FIRST>
<HEAD>People in the News</HEAD>
<DATELINE>ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) </DATELINE>
He was a small Irish kid who always sat
next to the teacher. Dressed well. Left Elizabeth for the big city
and made a name for himself.
The old town now is putting that name on a sign.
Mickey Spillane, the best-selling detective story writer who
created the Mike Hammer novels, had a street named in his honor
Tuesday by the City Council.
Spillane, 71, was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn
and now lives in South Carolina, but spent most of his boyhood in
Walter Milos, a classmate from Theodore Roosevelt Junior High
School's class of 1932, remembers Spillane as a sharp dresser and
``I was his bodyguard,'' Milos said. ``He was picked on because
he was small.''
Spillane initially downplayed the proposal to rename part of
South Broad Street to Mickey Spillane Way.
``I don't believe in self-adulation,'' he said. ``Streets should
be named after birds or numbers or something.''
<DATELINE>DETROIT (AP) </DATELINE>
Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, wearing a pony tail and an
earring, and daughter Lee, sporting purple hair, appear in a new
Oldsmobile advertisement the carmaker hopes will attract younger
The General Motors Corp. division kicks off a series of TV spots
Friday night with the theme, ``This is not your father's
In one ad, Starr is chased by a crowd of middle-aged women and
slides down a banquet table and out a 12th-floor window. His fall is
broken by an awning and he winds up in the passenger seat of a new
Olds driven by his 18-year-old daughter.
Others in the ad campaign will be actor Peter Graves and his
daughter, Amanda; Ted Einstein, great-grandson of Albert Einstein;
and the adult children of entertainer Harry Belafonte, without their
Olds says its average buyer is 51 years old. Company executives
would like that age to drop into the upper 40s.
<DATELINE>BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) </DATELINE>
Dith Pran, whose escape from the bloody
Khmer Rouge was depicted in the movie ``The Killing Fields,'' and
Haing Ngor, the actor who won an Oscar portraying him, have met with
Cambodian Premier Hun Sen.
The official news agency SPK, in a report monitored Wednesday in
Bangkok, quoted Hun Sen as calling the 1984 movie ``one of the most
important events which deals with the suffering of the Cambodian
people in the genocidal Pol Pot regime.''
Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge killed hundreds of thousands of Cambodians
from 1975 to 1978, when Vietnam invaded the country and ousted the
radical communist group.
Dith, now a photographer for The New York Times, escaped Cambodia
after a hazardous trek to Thailand through fields littered with the
bones of Khmer Rouge victims. Former Times correspondent Sydney
Schanberg originally told Dith's story.
Haing, a former physician, also fled the Khmer Rouge.
Dith and Haing traveled to Phnom Penh at Hun Sen's invitation and
met with him Monday. It was their first return to their homeland
since they left refugee camps on the Thai border in 1979 for the
They were part of a delegation from the Cambodian Documentation
Center in New York, which wants to bring the Khmer Rouge to trial
for war crimes and repatriate about 250,000 Cambodian refugees
living in Thailand.
<DATELINE>MEXICO CITY (AP) </DATELINE>
Jane Fonda says her visit to an Aztec ruin
being excavated in the city in 1979 inspired her to make ``The Old
Gringo,'' a movie about the meeting of Mexicans and Americans during
the Mexican Revolution.
``I went down down into that hole, and saw a whole other
civilization beneath the surface,'' Fonda said. ``I had a very
visceral reaction to the thought that someone from another country
could come in and think they had a better religion, a better
Based on the novel by Carlos Fuentes, ``The Old Gringo'' is a
fictitious account of what happened when the American writer Ambrose
Bierce disappeared in Mexico during the 1910-21 revolution.
Fonda, whose production company made the film, plays Harriet
Winslow, a schoolteacher.
<DATELINE>PORTLAND, Maine (AP) </DATELINE>
A judge sentenced James Meredith Jr., son
of the civil rights activist, to one year's house arrest for a 1987
car crash that killed two people.
Meredith pleaded no contest in February to two counts of
vehicular manslaughter in the crash that killed Paul Huard, 44, and
Kevin Jones, 26.
Huard and Jones, who worked with Meredith at a restaurant, were
riding in Meredith's sports car when it missed a curve and struck a
large boulder. Police said speed and alcohol were factors in the
crash. Meredith, 20, was seriously injured.
Superior Court Justice Roland Cole on Tuesday sentenced Meredith
to two years in prison, both suspended, followed by two years'
probation. Cole also fined Meredith $350 and suspended his license
for five years.
Meredith, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, will serve
his house arrest in Pennsylvania, Deputy District Attorney Anne
The elder Meredith was admitted to the University of Mississippi
in 1962, becoming the first black to enroll there. Four years later
he was wounded by shotgun blasts during a civil rights march across
<DATELINE>PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) </DATELINE>
Shirley Temple Black, who won
worldwide fame and a 1935 Oscar as a child film star, on Wednesday
gave President Gustav Husak her credentials as the new U.S.
ambassador to Cz542
<HEAD>Sri Lanka Renews Push for Indian Withdrawal</HEAD>
<BYLINE>By PATRICK CRUEZ</BYLINE>
<BYLINE>Associated Press Writer</BYLINE>
<DATELINE>COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) </DATELINE>
President Ranasinghe Premadasa said
Wednesday he was renewing efforts for a pullout of Indian soldiers
from this island torn by a Tamil revolt and a backlash that has
killed 57 more people in the past two days.
Military officials said the new victims were all killed in
violence stemming from the country's radical Sinhalese backlash. The
radicals are fighting the Sinhalese-dominated government, which they
accuse of making too many concessions to ethnic Tamil militants.
Premadasa said he had sent new proposals to New Delhi for the
speedy withdrawal of the 40,000 Indian soldiers in northeastern Sri
``I have sought specifically to ensure that our country's
sovereignty is recognized, safeguarded and maintained while the
withdrawal of the Indian peacekeeping force proceeds on an
accelerated basis,'' he said.
``This will ensure the realization of our objective of safety and
security for all and an early restoration of peace and normalcy,''
However, the statement gave no details of the new proposals.
Indian troops were deployed in Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority north
and east to enforce a 1987 peace accord that gave Tamil rebels
limited autonomy in exchange for an arms surrender. However, the
Indian troops later began fighting a rebel militia that renounced
the peace plan.
Premadasa, who was elected to office in December with a mandate
to negotiate an Indian withdrawal, had called for a complete pullout
of the soldiers by July 29.
The demand caused a diplomatic battle with New Delhi, which said
a hasty withdrawal could allow violence to escalate on this island
off its southern coast. However, both countries agreed to talks, and
India withdrew about 2,000 soldiers.
India got involved in Sri Lanka's strife because of the
sympathies of its own 60 million Tamils for the rebel cause.
Tamils form 18 percent of Sri Lanka's 16 million people.
Sinhalese make up 75 percent of the country's population.
Militants Tamils launched their separatist war in 1983, claiming
they were being discriminated against by the Sinhalese. The war has
claimed at least 11,000 lives, including about 4,000 people killed
in the Sinhalese uprising.
Military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 57
of those victims were killed or found dead on Tuesday and Wednesday
in scattered violence across the Sinhalese south and center of the
The victims included 18 policemen and soldiers, eight suspected
radicals, seven civilians killed in militant attacks, and 24 bodies
found with gunshot wounds, they said.
Among them were six government soldiers killed when Sinhalese
militants ambushed an army jeep in southern Sri Lanka, the officials
Opposition groups and human rights organizations have claimed
that bodies found in the Sinhalese heartland are those of suspected
radicals killed by security forces or pro-government vigilante
The government has denied the charges, but senior officials
privately admit that members of the security forces have committed
abuses in their efforts to halt the radicals' campaign of
assassination and terror.
On Tuesday, officials and independent sources said at least 61
people had been killed since Sunday in the Sinhalese violence.
©2005 Carnegie Mellon University. Powered by the Lemur Toolkit. Last updated May 30 2006. Contact local contact person for more information.