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By GARY GENTILE The Associated Press White House talks down idea of Iran strike “Attitudes toward nudity and Playboy have changed, in many ways, very little,” says the man who gave the world the Playboy centerfold. “In some ways it is even more political than it was in the ’50s and ’60s.” Mubarak questions Shiites’ loyalty, Iraqis not happy The invitation to Hefner’s birthday party Saturday — he turns 80 Sunday — unfolds to show three photos of him: one as a toddler, one holding his new magazine in 1953, and one showing a smiling young Hefner with wavy black hair “As much as things change, they stay the same,” Hefner remarks, disappointment in his voice. “There is still con- troversy about, maybe even more than before, not just nudity — a nude statue.” The statue’s nude breasts were in the shot and that might not pass muster with TV decency standards. CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak angered Iraqi leaders Sunday by saying Shiites there and across the Middle East are more loyal to Iran than to their own countries as he gave a startlingly frank warning about possible civil war in Iraq. WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Sunday sought to dampen the idea of a U.S. military strike on Iran, saying the United States is conducting “normal defense and intelligence planning” as President Bush seeks a diplo- matic solution to Tehran’s sus- pected nuclear weapons pro- gram. Experts say a military strike on Iran would be risky and complicated. U.S. forces already are preoccupied with Iraq and Afghanistan, and an attack against Iran could inflame U.S. problems in the Muslim world. The flap highlights the escalating tensions between predominantly Sunni Arab countries — alarmed by possi- ble Kurdish and Shiite domi- nation of their neighbor — and Iraqis who say they are not getting enough support from their Arab brothers. That is Hefner’s point — that Playboy with its mission of sexual liberation is as rele- vant as ever in these days of federal government crack- downs on television content that some consider indecent. Administration officials — from President Bush on down — have left open the possibil- ity of a military response if Iran does not end its nuclear ambitions. Several reports published Sunday said the administration was studying options for military strikes; one account raised the possi- bility of using nuclear bombs against Iran’s underground nuclear sites. LOS ANGELES — Playboy creator Hugh M. Hefner is in the middle of an interview about his 80th birth- day when a TV cameraman asks him to move a statue of former girlfriend Barbi Benton from the shelf behind him. Iraqi President Jalal E d i t o r : K . C . M e a d o w s , 4 6 8 - 3 5 2 6 and his iconic pipe. Immigration bill has entered public consciousness Shiites want to resolve P.M. flap T h e w o r l d b r i e f l y Hefner reflects on life at 80 “Maybe to some extent 80 is the new 40,” he says, smil- ing. “I truly believe that age — if you’re healthy — age is just a number. On many levels I feel younger today than I did 10, 15 years ago.” The famous mansion, with its free ranging exotic birds, stone grotto and game room, is a part of the fantasy he has carefully crafted around him- self. Hef has a lot to make him feel young. He lives with three young, blonde girl- friends in his ornate mansion in Holmby Hills. Their life is being documented in a hit reality TV show on the E! channel, “The Girls Next Door.” His company is opening a new Playboy club in Las Vegas and a new edition of the magazine has debuted in Indonesia, sparking contro- versy in that largely Muslim nation. But otherwise, the man dressed in black silk pajamas and a scarlet silk jacket with black lapels shows few other signs that he is becoming an octogenarian. The hair is thinner now and gray, almost white in places. His hearing is gone in one ear and he has the slightest bit of trouble getting up from his library couch after the inter- view. He quit smoking after a stroke in 1985. But the meeting, held at the insistence of the Shiites’ top clerical leadership, failed to produce any breakthroughs, as Prime Minister Ibrahim al- Jaafari’s key allies stuck by their support for him, accord- ing to Shiite officials. Meanwhile, at least 15 peo- ple were killed Sunday, including eight suspected insurgents shot by American soldiers in a pre-dawn raid north of the capital. Talabani, a Kurd, said Mubarak’s comments were not accurate. WASHINGTON (AP) — People are now about as likely to mention immigration as the economy when they are asked to name the most important problem facing the United States, though both rank British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw reiterated that civil war in Iraq was neither immi- nent nor inevitable but accept- ed that the situation was “very serious.” BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Shiite lawmakers met on Sunday, the third anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to U.S. forces, in the first formal step to break the deadlock over Sunni and Kurdish opposition to their choice for a prime minister to head the next gov- ernment. “It is true that there are some kind of clashes among Sunnis and Shias. But it is not civil war,” he told Britain’s Channel 4 News. Iraq observed “Freedom Day,” a holiday that commem- orates U.S. Marines tearing down a statue of Saddam Hussein as Iraqis cheered in Firdous Square on April 9, 2003, marking the collapse of Saddam’s regime. As Hefner reflects on his where, found. Three-way race in Peru T I R E S Although he continues to personify the Playboy philos- ophy, he is not unaware of the passing years. Any regrets? “Certainly it is a life well- lived and I wouldn’t trade places with anybody,” he said. “My life has been so reward- ing and so satisfying, I would be hesitant to change any- thing.” “I came out from behind the desk and became the liv- ing personification of the dreams and fantasies that were in the magazine,” Hefner said. He did it again in 1960, when he began hosting a TV show, bought a fancy car, started smoking a pipe and bought the first Playboy man- sion, in Chicago. Service CENTER life and career, he recalls that he first reinvented himself at 16, when he was rejected by a girl he had a crush on. He began referring to himself as Hef instead of Hugh, learned the jitterbug and began draw- ing a comic book, “a kind of autobiography that put myself center stage in a life I created for myself.” “You come to a point in life in which you begin to lose some very dear friends, some of whom are peers in terms of age,” he said. “In the last few years, I have lost some very dear contemporaries, includ- ing my best buddy in high school, the first girl I went steady with, Mel Torme, one of my closest friends.” behind war in Iraq and else- 859 N. State Street ( 7 0 7 ) 4 6 2 - 4 4 7 2 Immigration’s rise in the latest survey about the nation’s top problems sug- gests the public is keeping close watch on the immigra- tion debate in Congress and reaction around the country. Efforts in the Senate to pass sweeping immigration legisla- tion faltered Friday, leaving in doubt the prospects for pas- sage of a measure that offered the hope of citizenship to mil- lions of men, women and chil- dren living in the United States illegally. LIMA, Peru (AP) — Three candidates were locked in a tight presidential election Sunday, with Peruvians so polarized over the candidacy of a nationalistic former army officer that he was taunted by hundreds of opponents as he The rise in public concern about immigration over the last three months has been substantial. When people were asked this past week to name the top national problem that came to mind, 13 percent said immi- gration — four times the num- ber who said that in January. Roughly the same number, 14 percent of those polled, named the economy, according to the poll of 500 adults conducted April 3-5. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. an AP-Ipsos poll The Ukiah Daily Journal cast his ballot. Crowds demand democracy in Katmandu Israeli officials talk of cutting ties with Hamas- led Palestinians A 43-year-old populist new to politics, Humala has raised fears among many middle- and upper-class Peruvians by identifying with Chavez, Venezuela’s militantly anti- U.S. president. JERUSALEM (AP) — Top Israeli security officials on Sunday recommended cutting all ties with the Hamas-led Palestinian government and ruled out peace talks with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, as long as the Islamic militant group refuses to renounce violence. Security forces have killed three protesters, including one in Sunday’s gunfire, and thrown more than 800 in jail during four days of demon- strations that for the first time brought thousands of workers, professionals and business people into the streets along- side students and political activists. In a statement, the minis- ters said there will be “no per- sonal boycott” of Abbas, but rejected any substantive nego- tiations with the Palestinian leader — a moderate who hopes to restart peace talks. The Israeli Security Cabinet, a small group of top government officials, made The recommendation, which essentially approved what has been Israeli policy since Hamas won elections in January, raised the likelihood that Israel will push forward with acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan to impose a border in the West Bank by 2010. With King Gyanendra and his swelling opposition both refusing to back down, the sit- uation appeared to be reaching its most volatile point since he seized absolute power more than a year ago. The well- armed communist insurgency has allied itself with the polit- ical opposition, which vowed Sunday to continue demon- strations indefinitely. The government warned of harsher measures in response. A victory by the retired army officer, Ollanta Humala, could tilt this Andean nation leftward toward Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. His main chal- lengers — Alan Garcia, a for- mer president, and Lourdes Flores, a former business- woman — generally favor the free-market policies that have generated strong growth but little improvement in the lives of poor Peruvians. KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The crisis in this Himalayan nation deepened Sunday as angry crowds demanding the restoration of democracy took to the streets across Nepal in defiance of a daytime curfew, throwing stones at security forces and burning government offices. Exit polls showed a race too close to call with a runoff between the two top finishers expected in late May or early June. Supervised student work only. 1040 N. State St., Ukiah • 462-8831 Ukiah Beauty College ENROLL NOW! Cosmetology Classes The romp Slevin,” Hartnett , Weinstein “Lucky NASA celebrates, prepares for huge overhaul Israeli forces pounded sus- pected launching sites in the northern Gaza Strip with artillery fire on Sunday, killing a Palestinian police officer and wounding 16 peo- ple. The Palestinian govern- ment called an emergency meeting to discuss the grow- ing tensions. The 20th Century Fox fam- ily tale “Ice Age: The Meltdown” took in $34.5 mil- lion to remain the No. 1 movie for a second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” with Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Queen Latifah providing the voices of prehistoric creatures on the run from global warm- ing, raised its 10-day domestic The animated sequel fend- ed off Sony’s Rob Schneider- David Spade baseball comedy “The Benchwarmers,” which debuted as runner-up with $20.5 million. ‘Ice Age’ continues to burn up box office with $34.5M Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley, debuted at No. 5 with $7.1 million. Fox Searchlight’s comedy “Phat Girlz,” starring Mo’Nique as a designer of plus-sized clothes, premiered at No. 9 with $3.1 million. In just four years the three aging, behemoth space shut- tles will be shelved — likely headed to museums. And by 2014, a brand new spacecraft will be flying — one designed to get astronauts to the moon by 2018 and eventually Mars. Premiering in third place was New Line’s “Take the Lead,” a ballroom dance tale starring Antonio Banderas that took in $12.8 million. the recommendation amid increasing Israeli military pressure on Hamas in response to Palestinian rocket fire into southern Israel. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — As NASA celebrates the 25th anniversary of its first shuttle flight this week, the agency also steels itself for the biggest upheaval since the moon shot days of Apollo in the early 1970s. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has acknowl- edged the agency will have to transform itself in order to carry out goals first articulated by President Bush two years ago. This wrenching transition will be only the fourth such makeover for the manned space program in the agency’s nearly 50-year history. Critics already are grumbling about the lack of money to accom- plish the shift to the new crew exploration vehicle. More than a fifth of NASA’s pro- posed $16.8 billion budget for next year will be spent on developing the new vehicle system. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Score one for the prehistoric animals. starring Bruce Co. crime Number Josh Willis,
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Tennessee churches reflect on loss
MADISON, Tenn. (AP) — The Metro Baptist Church congregation gathered under a basketball scoreboard and state championship banners in a school gymnasium Sunday, a temporary place to worship after a twister ripped the church building’s stucco and concrete blocks from its steel frame two days earlier.
The Rev. Phil Martin showed members photos of crumpled ceilings and pews filled with splintered wood and debris as he recalled how he looked out his window Friday and saw the whirling, black tornado heading toward him.
Members were thankful no one was hurt in the Goodlettsville church, just north of Nashville.
“We were all in a state of shock to realize how close it really was,” said Jessica Lankford, one of the church’s preschool teachers who rushed 35 children to a win- dowless room and told them all to crawl under the chairs.
Metro Baptist was among dozens of churches in the area that mourned the 12 people killed when the powerful storm rolled over Tennessee. It was the second round of deadly storms to hit the state in a week; twisters killed 24 people the previous weekend and four others died in Missouri and Illinois.
spokesman Randy Harris said Sunday that the tornado that killed nine people in Sumner County on Friday had been tentatively classified as an F-3 on the five-step Fujita scale, with wind of about 165 mph.
Harris said about 160 peo- ple were injured and roughly 3,000 homes, businesses and farms were damaged or destroyed in 20 counties.
In hard-hit Gallatin, close to 400 members of the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ sang “Shelter in the Time of Storm” as they gath- ered for Sunday’s service.
At least four members of the church lost their homes. The Red Cross set up a disas- ter relief site at the church and congregation members helped.
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