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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 9, 2002

Judge leaves N.C. without beauty queen

North Carolina, which has had two reigning beauty queens for a month, now has none.

A judge on Tuesday ordered the Miss North Carolina pageant to not recognize anyone as the state titleholder until Rebekah Revels, who won the pageant but was forced to resign over topless snapshots, resolves her legal dispute with the organization. Misty Clymer, the original runner-up, was elevated to the title when Revels resigned and eventually became the state's sole representative in the pageant.

A month ago, state Judge Narley L. Cashwell ruled that Revels, who was crowned in June and stepped down in July, had a valid contract with the Miss North Carolina Pageant Organization.

Revels has sued the state pageant for breach of contract. But the judge said Tuesday that contracts between the pageant and its contestants say disputes should be settled by arbitration.

Until that is done in Revels' case, he ruled that no one should serve as Miss North Carolina.

IMAX 'Star Wars' coming to MOSI

The Force will again be with us soon, larger and louder than ever.

The IMAX Dome Theater at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry will present Star Wars -- Episode II: Attack of the Clones in large-screen format beginning Oct. 31 at midnight. Ticket sales begin Thursday at 9 a.m. and restroom facilities will be available for overnight campers in line. Prices for nonmembers of MOSI are $9.95 for adults, $8.95 for seniors and $7.95 for children under 12; there are discounts for members.

The IMAX process enables George Lucas' space saga to be presented with MOSI's 10,500-square-foot screen and 11,600-watt stereo sound system. Star Wars -- Episode II: Attack of the Clones will be shown daily at MOSI through Dec. 24. Meanwhile, tickets go on sale to the public today for The Lion King, opening Christmas Day at the IMAX Dome Theater, for the same price as Star Wars. For more information, visit the museum Web site at

Garr has multiple sclerosis

Teri Garr, nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in the 1982 hit movie Tootsie, has announced that she has multiple sclerosis, reports Agence France-Press.

In a brief statement issued Tuesday, Garr said she had suffered symptoms for 19 years.

"I didn't tell people because I didn't want pity, and I was afraid I wouldn't get work," said Garr, 52, who also starred in Young Frankenstein and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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