News of the Muse

There's another poem by Sappho, the greatest female poet of ancient Greece, to add to the four that were known to survive history. In the untitled verse, discovered on a papyrus wrapped around an Egyptian mummy from the 3rd century B.C., she laments the passing of time, comparing the youthful bodies of dancing girls with her own:

"My once tender body old age now has seized;

my hair's turned white instead of dark;

my heart's grown heavy, my knees will not support me, that once on a time were fleet for the dance as fawns.

This state I oft bemoan; but what's to do?

Not to grow old, being human, there's no way."

The 12-line poem was discovered last year by researchers at Cologne University and published Friday in the Times Literary Supplement, a British publication. Sappho, whose verses expressed her love for women on the Greek island of Lesbos, was dubbed the "10th Muse," but little of the nine volumes of her work has survived.

'Altoid Boy' Ascends

President Bush has nominated longtime aide Israel Hernandez to serve as assistant secretary of commerce. If confirmed, Hernandez would become one of the few openly gay nominees appointed by the administration. Hernandez, 35, worked as Bush's personal assistant during his 1994 bid for governor of Texas. According to the New York Daily News, one of Hernandez's duties was supplying Bush with breath mints, prompting Dubya to dub him "Altoid Boy." More recently, Hernandez has served as a deputy to presidential adviser Karl Rove.

Charged With Cleaning Up

Lucyna Turyk-Wawrynowicz, housekeeper for the rich and famous, was indicted Friday on charges relating to the alleged theft of personal items from her clients, including Candice Bergen and Grace Hightower, wife of Robert De Niro.

Turyk-Wawrynowicz, 35, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, forgery and coercion. A criminal complaint said she had stolen from at least three of her employers over the past four years. Sources told Newsday that a pair of $95,000 earrings owned by Hightower was recovered from the maid's apartment last week, along with items belonging to Bergen and other high-profile New Yorkers.

For Their Consideration, Too

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited recent Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and 111 other Tinseltown notables to join the organization.

Other invitees include actors Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal, Clive Owen and Thomas Haden Church, actresses Sophie Okonedo and Catalina Sandino Moreno, and screenwriter Paul Haggis. New members will be inducted Sept. 21. Nearly 6,000 voting members in the Academy will decide who will take home an Oscar at next year's Academy Awards.

And across town, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced its Walk of Fame honorees for 2005. Those to be immortalized in concrete this year include actresses Annette Bening, Holly Hunter and Charlize Theron, actors Matthew Broderick, William Hurt, Nathan Lane, Steve Martin and Ray Romano, musician Isaac Hayes, game show personality Vanna White and hair-metal band Motley Crue.

End Notes

Former "Law & Order" star Angie Harmon gave birth to a baby girl Wednesday. Avery Grace Sehorn is Harmon's second daughter with husband Jason Sehorn, the pro football star . . . Bluegrass singer Ralph Stanley will undergo coronary bypass surgery Monday. Stanley, 78, is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement from his publicist.

-- Compiled by Chris Richards

from staff and wire reports

Shaking and stirring: Sean Connery did the wave with the crowd at Centre Court at Wimbledon yesterday. Foxx, on the other side of the voting.