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Forward thinking

An entirely subjective look at the week ahead

Published June 13, 2005


Jury selection begins today in Philadelphia, Miss., in the trial of Edgar Ray Killen, 80. Killen, a reputed member of the Ku Klux Klan, is charged with the 1964 murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, civil rights activists in rural Mississippi whose deaths drew international attention. The trial was rescheduled after Killen was injured in a logging accident in March.


Madonna's fifth children's book, Lotsa de Casha, was released last week, and the original pop tart has been flacking it from Borders to Bergdorf's. She's the cover girl for the July issue of Ladies Home Journal, on newsstands Tuesday with an interview in which she calls herself the "bad cop" parent: "If you leave your clothes on the floor, they're going to be gone when you come home." In a nostalgic moment last week, a British nightclub sold a pair of Madonna's black lace undies to a private collector for a thousand pounds.


Elections are scheduled Friday in Iran, with eight candidates running to replace outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khatami. Four are anti-Western conservatives (conservatives already control Iran's legislature and courts); the rest are centrists and reformists more open to Western ideas. The Iranian elections do have one advantage over ours: Campaigns last only a month.


Thursday through Saturday, the people who eventually get everyone's name in the paper will meet in Bath, England, for the seventh Great Obituary Writers Conference. Obit writers, historians, genealogists, anthropologists, mystery writers and funeral industry professionals will convene for sessions on obit style, writing in wartime and "wonderful/strange/true/untrue obits." For sample classic obits and more, go to


Sunday is Father's Day, when dads across the nation get the chance to say, "Great! A tie!" For a look at some truly touching celebrations, go to, Stars and Stripes' online Father's Day message board for military families, including the many thousands of American fathers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Tim Allen, who has one daughter in real life and played an Everydad on Home Improvement, is 52 today. Donald Trump is the father of four, none of whom he has fired yet, and he's also oneof four men named Father of the Year for 2005. He turns 59 on Tuesday. Sir Paul McCartney, who welcomed his fifth child in 2003, will be 63 on Saturday.

- COLETTE BANCROFT, Times staff writer, 727 893-8435 or

[Last modified June 10, 2005, 11:14:02]

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