Don't Shoot, I'm a Tourist
The Brady Campaign to Control Gun Violence has launched an ad campaign that tells visitors to Florida to do their level best not to get shot by "nervous and frightened" denizens of the Sunshine State, once the "Stand Your Ground" law (as it's known by its supporters, which includes the National Rifle Association) takes effect this month. It permits people to use deadly force against anyone in public who they reasonably believe is about to kill them or cause great bodily harm, and no longer requires them to try to flee. It's a "good, common sense anti-crime issue," Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said when he signed the state law. (It's called the "Shoot First" law by opponents, including 1981 Reagan assassination attempt survivor James Brady.)
"Warning: Florida residents can use deadly force," reads the ads placed in U.S. and British newspapers by the Washington-based Brady Campaign. "If you are involved in a traffic accident or near-miss, remain in your car and keep your hands in plain sight. If someone appears to be angry with you, maintain to the best of your ability a positive attitude, and do not shout or make threatening gestures." Campaign organizers say they will run the ads in French, German and Japanese newspapers, if more funds can be raised. They also want to hand out fliers and post signs along Florida highways with the warnings.
Brady Campaign spokesman Peter Hamm told reporters, "It is reasonable to make people know that while they're visiting Florida, they should take the right precautions to avoid potentially becoming victims of violence." Meanwhile Bud Nocera, the executive director of the state's tourism office, Visit Florida, is not amused. He has described the Brady Campaigns ads as a "scare tactic."
They'll Always Have . . . Paris
Just a widdle bit more elaboration from the called-off engagement of the Parises, direct from the female half: Celebutante Paris Hilton told the Associated Press Saturday that she is "just not ready for marriage. I have seen the breakups between people who love each other and rush into getting married too quickly. I do not want to make that mistake."
She has not ruled out other mistakes, it seems: Although there'll be no wedding with Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, Hilton, 24, said the two plan to remain friends and have "movies together in the works." (Insert digital camcorder joke here.)
"I'm still young and still have a very active career that I'm not prepared to give up," Hilton said. "I have worked very hard to get to where I am. Paris is a great guy and we will handle this with dignity and respect."
Hold the Paparazzi
Look, but don't touch. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law on Friday a bill that triples the damages a celebrity can win from paparazzi if an assault occurs. The law goes further in its attempts to curb aggressive photographers, as it denies the photographers profits from any pictures taken during an altercation with a celebrity.
Noted . . .
With their divorce finalized yesterday, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt have placed their Beverly Hills estate on the market for a cool $28 million as part of their settlement, reports the Los Angeles Times. Aniston, 36, and Pitt, 41, bought the more than 10,000-square-foot Wallace Neff-designed home in 2001 for $13.5 million.
. . . and Quoted
"They were not ready for me to do the show upstairs. Not yet." Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, reflecting on the night two years ago when he was nearly killed by a tiger onstage.
-- Compiled by Ashby Strassburger
from wire reports