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October 15, 2002

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No right to privacy

London Three appeallate court judges ruled Monday that a British newspaper was justified in publishing a photo of Naomi Campbell leaving a drug addiction center, as the model had lied to the news media about her drug problems.

Earlier this year, a High Court judge ordered the Daily Mirror tabloid to pay Campbell $5,425 in damages and meet her court costs, reportedly $310,000, after ruling that the newspaper had breached her right to confidentiality by running the story in February 2001.

Three judges sitting at the Court of Appeal, however, said the report was justified in the public interest.

Lord Phillips said Campbell had gone out of her way to tell the news media that she, unlike other models, did not take stimulants or tranquilizers.

"This was untrue. She had, in fact, become addicted to drugs," Phillips said. "Where a public figure chooses to make untrue pronouncements about his, or her, private life, the press will normally be entitled to put the record straight."

Just another Sunday

Plains, Ga. After having won the Nobel Peace Prize, former President Jimmy Carter spent Sunday morning like any other teaching Sunday school in his southwest Georgia hometown.

The former president has been a member of Maranatha Baptist Church since he returned from the White House in 1981, and teaches Sunday school whenever he's in town.

This week, he taught from the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah.

"What the prophet is showing us is that those who have inherited from God a power have a responsibility to use that power for justice," he said. "How we treat others is a direct and vivid demonstration of our personal relationship with Jesus Christ."

Record road trip

St. Paul, Minn. Lis Harvey can rest her voice now.

The folk singer reached her goal of performing in all 50 states in 60 days with a performance Sunday at Ginkgo Coffeehouse in St. Paul.

Harvey is trying to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest 50-state tour by a solo female musician. She toured America in a borrowed station wagon, putting 17,000 miles on the car in two months.

Actor dies in house fire

Los Angeles Dennis Patrick, a veteran actor who played the Ewing family's banker on "Dallas," has died after a fire at his home. He was 84.

The actor, whose career spanned five decades, was found Sunday in the Hollywood Hills home.

He was on the long-running prime time soap "Dallas" from 1979 to 1984 as Vaughn Leland, a banker who is double-crossed by the show's scheming J.R. Ewing.

He was the second performer to die in a house fire in the city in less than a week. Actress Teresa Graves, who starred as an undercover cop in the 1970s television drama "Get Christie Love!," died Thursday.

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