Sen. Joseph Biden didn't resolve all of his problems at last week's plagiarism press conference. It appears that he made several claims recently at a Claremont, N.H., kaffeeklatsch about his college career -- captured on a CNN videotape -- that were exaggerated or inaccurate and that may be even harder for the Democratic presidential aspirant to explain.

According to the current issue of Newsweek, a man at the event, identified only as "Frank," asked Biden what law school he attended. The candidate responded sharply, jabbing his finger at the questioner and saying, "I think I have a much higher IQ than you do. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship ... ended up in the top half" of the class. "I won the international moot-court competition ... I was the outstanding student in the political science department ... I graduated with three degrees ..."

Newsweek reports that Biden's strident defense doesn't hold up. According to the magazine, the Delaware Democrat did not go to Syracuse Law School on a full academic scholarship, but on a half scholarship based on financial need. He did not finish in the top half of his class; he was ranked 76th out of 85.

There is no indication that he won the moot-court competition and such a claim doesn't appear on his re'sume'. He did not win the award given the outstanding political science student at his undergraduate school, the University of Delaware. And, finally, Biden didn't graduate from Delaware with three degrees. He received one, a BA in political science and history. Unfortunately for Biden, all this comes as he chairs the Bork hearings, which was expected to be a big plus for his presidential campaign.

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Who knows? The wonderfully colorful millionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes may have found a new way to capture the heart of the much-married, ageless Elizabeth Taylor. Other men have showered her with diamonds and pearls, but yesterday Forbes gave her a custom-painted purple Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He took the accident-prone actress on her first ride a few weeks ago, and now she is taking motorcycle driving lessons. So far without mishap.

After he presented the motorcycle to her, Taylor gave Forbes a silver "biker" ring topped by a helmeted skull with ruby eyes like one he had given her. Now as romantic as that may seem to the casual observer, when asked if all this indicated a future marriage for the two available catches, Forbes responded with the familiar: "We're good friends. Why complicate things with marriage?" Taylor nodded agreement as she climbed onto the back of Forbes' motorcycle. Then the couple, wearing matching fringed red leather jackets bearing the logo of his motorcycle club "Capitalist Tools" and, followed by 50 of its members, rumbled down the driveway of Forbes' New Jersey estate. They were off for a day of motorcycle races. Richard Burton would not have believed it ...

Singer Frank Sinatra, who has been performing to sellout crowds during his concert series at Carnegie Hall that began Sept. 10, was forced to cancel his last two engagements Friday and Saturday. A spokeswoman said the singer is suffering from acute laryngitis and was ordered by his physician not to use his voice for several days ...

Marshall University journalism graduate Soupy Sales was in Huntington, W. Va., over the weekend for a speech at his alma mater. The former television star related how, when he jokingly told children watching his show to send him the "green pieces of paper" from their parents' pockets, he felt it had a lasting influence. "Jim and Tammy Bakker probably saw that show, and that's where they got the idea for the PTL ministry they founded" ...