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Ted Turner urged a National Audubon Society audience the other day to take a ``more activist stance' in politics. He said he was doing his part by ridding his 105,000-acre Montana ranch of all cattle and replacing them with 7,000 bison. ``Buffaloes are ... better looking,' Turner said, ``they don't have fat all over their butts.' Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.Mom-of-the-month Demi Moore disposed of the evidence last weekend by giving birth to a little girl, whose given name is ``Scout.' We know a lot of people who give their animals human names, but only in Hollywood do they name their kids after animals.

Science has once again proven what everybody already knew: High heels are bad for the feet, according to the research of a group of Irish surgeons. Why Irish surgeons? Who did you expect to come up with advice like that, Italian surgeons?

It was Page One news this week when police in Thonotosassa, Fla., arrested and handcuffed a 9-year-old girl for throwing rocks. We don't know what the fuss is all about. She'll probably be back on the street before she's 21.

The other shoe dropped this week on the pay raise the Senate voted in for itself. Along with a hike in pay, senators' pensions will increase dramatically under the legislation that goes into effect in the fall. A watchdog group says most senators could expect at least a million dollars in lifetime benefits, a third can expect $2 million and a handful will be eligible for $3 million or more. Now, that's what we call an October Surprise.

The Greensboro school board's decision this week to approve a year-round magnet school for elementary students will contribute to hardship for rock star Alice Cooper. If the whole-year school trend continues, sales of Cooper's seasonal favorite, ``School's Out for Summer,' are bound to suffer.\ And from our friends down the wire: President Bush plans to visit the Ukraine after his Moscow summit. Better see it now, before capitalistic greed turns it into the Mekraine.

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