NEWS BRIEFS: Jessica Lynch Honored

AWARDED: Jessica Lynch, the former Army supply clerk who was captured last March in Iraq and became a prisoner of war before being rescued in April, has received the inaugural Lewis McManus Service Award, the Associated Press reports. The award, named for the former West Virginia Speaker of the House, is given by the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA, which sponsors a leadership center and youth government program. Lynch was the subject of a CBS television movie about her ordeal, and she recently released an autobiography as well.

CHALLENGED: Supermodel Naomi Campbell turned up in a London court Wednesday to challenge an Appeals Court’s ruling regarding a newspaper’s reporting on her drug use. Campbell appeared in Britain’s House of Lords, England’s highest court, to fight last year’s decision that stripped her of damages she was awarded after her suit against the Daily Mirror, Reuters reports. The appeals court claimed that the paper’s report was “justifiable in the public interest.” Campbell’s attorney said individuals should be able to decide what information about them is kept private. The hearing was expected to last through Thursday.

QUOTED: “It’s got tragedy, it’s got violence. There are people screaming at each other and you can’t understand what they’re saying. It’s perfect for opera.” — composer Richard Thomas talking about “Jerry Springer: The Opera,” now playing to sold-out crowds in London’s West End, AFP reports

QUIT: Onetime Democratic frontrunner Howard Dean threw in the towel on his presidential aspirations Wednesday. The former Vermont Governor told supporters in his home state: “I am no longer actively pursuing the presidency.” Once considered a favorite to win the nomination, Dean has not won any of the Democratic primary contests.

SADDENED: Actress Andie MacDowell has had enough with America’s youth-obsessed culture. “I don’t think that youth should be glorified,” the 45-year-old actress tells AP. But now that the baby boomers are all grown up, that obsession might change, “I hope,” she says. The “Four Weddings and a Funeral” star is currently at work on a new, edgier film that is “dark, like ‘Pulp Fiction,'” she said.

PENNED: Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo is having her say in a new book of political essays scheduled to come out this fall, AP reports. “For Those About to Salute, We Will Rock You” will be released by Simon & Schuster. Garofalo, 39, previously wrote the best seller “Feel This Book” with Ben Stiller. … In other publishing news, two new collections of writing by the late Mister Rogers are being planned, says AP. “The World According to Mister Rogers,” published last year, has half a million copies in print. Fred Rogers died of cancer last year.

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