August 19, 2002 01:00 PM

WITNESSED: Former James Bond (and one of PEOPLE’s past Sexiest Man Alive picks) Sean Connery, 71, had a front-row seat for the devastation wrought by flooding in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he has been since June to film the historic thriller “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” reports the Associated Press. “I don’t know if the world realizes the depth of the disaster,” he said. … WON: Laila Ali, 23, cheered on by father Muhammad Ali, took her first world boxing title Saturday night. Ali stopped Suzy Taylor at 1:11 of the second round to win the International Boxing Association super middleweight championship in Las Vegas. “I was just getting started,” said Ali, 12-0 with nine knockouts, as quoted by the AP. … UPSET: Tiger Woods, 26, lost the PGA Championship on Sunday by one shot to Rich Beem, 31, who shot a four-under-par in Chaska, Minn. … FILED: Carolyn Condit, wife of Rep. Gary Condit, is suing the Star tabloid magazine for $15 million, claiming it libeled her with falsehoods in a Sept. 11, 2001, cover story by claiming she threatened to kill herself because of her husband’s relationship with federal intern Chandra Levy, says the AP. A spokesman for the tabloid’s publisher said on Saturday that he had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment on it. In March, reported that Carolyn Condit’s demand for an apology for a Feb. 6 “Law & Order” episode about a politician and a missing aide had been denied. The NBC show’s producers rejected Condit’s request, and the network concurred with the decision, said a spokeswoman, who noted that the show “is fictional.” … ANNOUNCED: The New York Times next month will begin publishing announcements of same-sex commitment ceremonies alongside its wedding notices, the paper stated in its Sunday editions. The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle are among 70 daily newspapers that already report gay and lesbian unions, notes USA Today.

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