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Don't expect Woody Allen to get the star treatment if he returns to small-town Tuxedo, N.Y.

Town officials complained Allen left behind a portable toilet and other items, spent little money and never said thanks for using Tuxedo to shoot scenes for his next movie, ``Deconstructing Harry.''

``They were supposed to clean up their mess and they didn't,'' said town Supervisor Kenneth R. Magar Sr. ``And they didn't stick to the production schedule.''

In one scene, a parking lot was converted into a carnival setting - complete with amusement park rides.

``It was left up for so long that people started calling the town clerk asking when the carnival was coming to town,'' Magar said.

Trusted newsman credits TV

Walter Cronkite says if he hadn't come along, some other TV news anchor would have become the most trusted man in America.

``The medium is far more important that the individual,'' he said. ``It's not me.''

The rise of television was bound to produce an authoritative voice, said Cronkite, who retired in 1981 as anchor of the ``CBS Evening News.''

He was honored Thursday with the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to broadcast journalism.

In an interview, Cronkite reminisced about his career, going back to his earliest days as a copy boy on a Texas newspaper. The 80-year-old Cronkite also recently published his memoirs, ``A Reporter's Life.''

Russian nudes causing a stir

The Academy of Sciences in Moscow is suing the Russian edition of Playboy magazine for running portraits of Catherine the Great and other famous Russian women wearing little or nothing.

The academy, one of the country's leading cultural institutions, is seeking $18,000 in damages from the magazine for ``harm to the honor, dignity and professional reputation'' of the women, The Moscow Times reported Friday.

A similar suit was filed by the St. Petersburg Center for Gender Issues, a private group.

The pictures depict Catherine the Great and three other famous women from Russian history in semi-nude, sexual poses. The portraits were the work of Moscow artist Dmitry Vrubel.

Vrubel said he did not understand the fuss because he had made the women more attractive, the Times reported.

``If I'd drawn them as ugly, I could understand,'' he was quoted as saying. ``But I made them more beautiful than they were in life. Catherine the Great was ugly! I made her beautiful.''

Playboy has since shelved plans to publish nude portraits of other famous Russian women, including Lenin's wife Nadezhda Krupskaya.

In a preface, the magazine warned readers who might find the portraits to be ``even blasphemous'' not to take them seriously.

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(2) Staying on her toes

Chelsea Clinton, center, performs during Thursday's dress rehearsal of the Washington Ballet's production of ``The Nutcracker'' at George Mason University.

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