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Wrath of Woody Woody Allen asked a federal court in New York to strip a clothing company known for its racy ads featuring scantily clad models of at least $10 million for using his image on billboards and on the Internet. The actor-director said he does not endorse commercial products or services in the United States, which makes the May 2007 American Apparel billboards in Hollywood, Calif., and New York and Web site displays “especially egregious and damaging.” The lawsuit said Allen was not contacted by the company and did not consent to the use of his image, which was taken from one of his movies. The lawsuit complained of a billboard featuring a frame from Annie Hall, a film that won Allen a best director Oscar. The image showed Allen, now 72, dressed as a Hasidic Jew with a long beard and black hat and Yiddish text meaning “the holy rebbe.” The words “American Apparel” also were on the billboard. Allen’s lawsuit describes him as among the most influential figures in the history of American film and a man who has maintained strict control over the projects with which he is associated. � Associated Press Reflections are intimate, indeed The first time that Lee White met John Kennedy, the young senator from Massachusetts wasn’t wearing any pants. He had spilled ink on himself, Kennedy said, and his secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, was trying to get the spots out. The second time, Kennedy was lying naked in a bathtub, soaking his famously bad back. With opening details like that, readers quickly get the picture: White’s new memoir, Government for the People: Reflections of a White House Counsel to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, is an anecdotal romp through political Washington of the 1950s and ’60s. White was special counsel to Presidents Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and later chaired the Federal Power Commission. He’s now in private practice in Washington. During a recent gathering in a Washington bookstore, he described Johnson: “Very shrewd, with a tremendous memory,” said White, as well as “a little bit mean, a little bit vindictive, a little bit ornery.” White even had one story about Johnson’s successor, Richard Nixon. As White prepared to end his tenure at the Federal Power Commission in 1969, Nixon asked to meet with him. What White assumed would be a short conversation lasted 40 minutes. “I started thinking, ‘Doesn’t this guy have anything more to do?’ “ White later learned that Nixon had asked why there weren’t any Republican guys like White. He didn’t answer that question in his book, but to the bookstore crowd, he had a ready response: “I’m sure there are, but I just haven’t met any yet.” � Legal Times Playing the fool A prosecutor sent half a dozen friends a phony April Fools’ Day e-mail announcing his early retirement. Then it got recirculated to dozens of civic leaders who took it seriously. Andrew K. Miller, the only elected Democrat in Benton County, Wash., got a number of best wishes from friends and colleagues. One of them asked whether he had undisclosed health problems, and three came to his office expecting a news conference as stated in the e-mail. In his note, Miller wrote that after 28 years of government work he could retire and focus more on community service. He asked that it be kept quiet. After all responded within an hour, he let them know it was a prank. By then, though, one had forwarded the message to at least 40 lawyers, business and civic leaders and former classmates. “I started it, but it did get out of hand,” Miller told the Tri-City Herald, a local newspaper. � Associated Press

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