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Rumors surrounding Domino's may present false image
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Tom Monaghan, the president and powerhouse.
denies endorsement alle- founder of Domino's Pizza Corp. was The controversy started in 1988, when Like many students, Rupal Shah, a e
gations of Operation approached to support a referendum first-year LSA student, was unaware.
Rescue. to get a measure on the Michigan vot- founder Tom Monaghan was asked to "It amazes me how quickly people will
ing ballot asking voters to decide believe anything they hear without tak-
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By Joanue AMnaar
For the Daly
Do you become what you eat?
Probably not. In light of the recent con-
troversy surrounding the Domino's
Pizza Corp., one might be led to think
that people do, in fact, believe this
cliche, which could not be further from
For nearly a decade, the same
Domino's Pizza Corp, whose commer-
cials make your taste buds sweat has
been accused of endorsing the pro-life
organization Operation Rescue.
A phone call to the Domino's head-
quarters in Ann Arbor cleared the air
regarding this situation. The company
explained that it is "a vicious rumor."
The controversy started in 1988.
whether they wanted their tax money
to pay for Medicaid sponsored abor-
A devout Catholic, Monaghan made
a personal donation out of "his own
pocket" to this group so that the public
would be able to decide- whether it
wanted its tax money to go to such a
Word of this action spread, and the
story was not immune to people's gos-
Soon, the entire Domino's Corp. was
accused of endorsing Operation
Rescue. For years, it received letters
from angry customers and earned the
reputation of supporting this cause.
The situation escalated to its peak
when the Generation-X documentary
"Reality Bites" hit theaters in 1993 and
support a referendum on abortion; it.
escarlated in 1993 with the release of
made an allusion to the rumor. The company never made a public
This, in addition to the previous statement regarding the issue, hoping
accusations, led to the widespread people might see the absurdity of the
rumor that Domino's supported the idea that an operation as large as
Operation Rescue cause. The corpora- Domino's would not take such a politi-
tion tried to sue the movie and get the cal stance.
scene taken out. This rumor is especially prevalent in
Attorneys for Domino's, however, Ann Arbor because Domino's main
advised that the the company had no headquarters makes its abode here.
solid legal case because the reference in Many were unaware of the situation
the movie was posed as a question and and had no idea about the controversy
not as a statement. surrounding this international pizza
ing the time to research the actual facts
and then spread it to other people until
it turns into a huge controversy," she
Monaghan was disillusioned by the
situation. He firmly believes that every
large corporation(including Domino's)
is "comprised of many people, with
many different beliefs and views on
issues," Tim McIntyre, the Vice
President of Communications at
Domino's headquarters said.
"We don't make political state-
ments;" he said, "It's ridiculous."
Nevertheless, McIntyre still asserted
that Domino's Corp. is determined to
continue to produce fine cuisine in
light of the recent scandal. He proud-
ly boasted, "We are united to sell
/With his fourth leading feature film
role due to come out this month,
George Clooney is convinced that he
can act. According to Reuters/Variety,
the suave actor said that he will be
tempted to improvise some of his lines
on "ER"'s live season premiere on Sept.
25. The show will air on the day before
his new thriller, "The Peacemaker,"
VWhoever dares to say that scientol-
ogy is not a religion will have to deal
with the wrath of John 'Tavolta.
Reuters recently reported that the actor
joined other witnesses to speak at a U.S.
commission last week against what
tion in Europe.
Travolta, who w
has been a I
member of the
in Germany. He
claimed that German officials had tried
to launch a boycott of his films because
he is a Scientologist, while citing other
incidences where Scientologists have
been discriminated against in some
form because of their convictions.
Though Germany currently has an esti-
mated 30,000 Scientologists, it is not
recognized by the government as a reli-
v"Reuters also reports that Martin
Lawrence will be working hard to
negate his image of a Bad Boy. A judge
recently ordered the star of such mem-
orable expletive-fests as "Bad Boys"
and "A Thin Line Between Love and
Hate" to perform community service
and to stage a charity fund-raiser as his
sentence for an incident at a Hollywood
nightclub. The misdemeanor occurred
Lawrence punched a man twice in the
face when the victim bumped into the
entertainer while dancing. Lawrence
was also placed on two years' probation
and ordered to pay restitution to the vic-
v;Variety reports that HBO Pictures
President John Matoian has given the
thumbs-up to "A Bright Shining Lie,"
HBO's most expensive film to date
(about $14 million). The adaptation of
Neil Sheehan's 1988 Pulitzer Prize-
winning book is set to start shooting on
Oct. 13 in Bangkok, with Bill Paxton
("Twister") in the lead role. Paxton will
play John Paul Vann, one of the first
senior military advisers sent to Vietnam
~ As reported last week in this section,
Jane's Addiction (well, three-fourths
of the group, minus bassist Eric Avery
and plus Flea) will be touring the U.S.
later this fall. Addicted to Noise reports
that the band will launch its tour with
two shows at New York's 3,000-capaci-
ty Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 30-
31. Lead singer Perry Farrell said,
"There's no greater city to throw a
Halloween party in than New York.'
The eagerly anticipated tour will be
called the "I-Itz M'My Party Tour."
VATN reports that Beastie Boy Adam
Yauch (MCA)plans to hold the Tibetan
Feedom Concert "every year until Tibet
is free" A 3-CD "Tibetan Freedom
well asa "Free
^ , mentary film,
McCready of Pearl Jam performing
VAnother all-star benefit will take
place shortly: the 11th annual Bridge
School Benefit. The all-acoustic con-
cert to benefit the school (founded in
1986 by Neil Young's wife, Peg) will
take place on Oct. 8, at the Shoreline
Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif.
Performers include Smashing
Pumpkins, Lou Reed, Metallica,
Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler
and Neil Young, himself, ATN reports.
VFinally, in a trend that has to be
stopped NOW, remaining Doors mem-
bers Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger
and John Densmore will be releasing a
"new" song, "Orange County Suite;"
which consists of deceased lead singer
Jim Morrison reciting one of his
poems over background music played
by the other three. This abomination
will be part of a 4-CD album, called
"Box Set," which includes three hours
of previously unreleased Doors music
(mostly alternate versions of Doors
classics), and will be available on Oct.
28, says ATN.
- Compiled by Daily Film Editor
Julia Shih and Daily Music Editor
Top 10 movies
(for the weekend of Sept 19. to
1. "In & Out," $15 million (1 week
2. "The Game," $9 million (2)
3. "Wes Craven Presents
Wishmaster," $6 million (1)
4. "L.A. Confidential," $5.2 million
5. "The Full Monty," $3 million (6)
6. "A Thousand Acres," $2.9 mil-
7. "G.I. Jane," $2.4 million (5)
8. "Money Talks," $2.18 million (5).
9. "Air Force One," $2.07 million
10. "Fire Down Below," $1.6 mil-
Source: The Associated Press
Billboard Top 10
(top albums for the week ending
Sept. 27, 1997)
1. Leann Rimes, 'You Light Up My
Life' (1 week on charts)
2. Master P, "Ghetto D' (3)
3. Puff Daddy & The Family, "No
Way Out" (8)
4. Fleetwood Mac; "The Dance" (4)
5. Jewel, "Pieces of You" (83)
6. Trisha Yearwood, "(Songbook)
A Collection of Hits" (3)
7. Spice Girls, "Spice" (32)
8. Amy Grant, "Behind the Eyes"
9. Matchbox 20, "Yourself or
Someone Like You" (28)
10. Prodigy, "The Fat of the Land"
Source: Billboard Magazine
Help Me Harlan
Dear Harlan, ly
I've been slowly falling for my first coi
cousin. I'm contemplating getting suc
together with her, but I know it's con-
sidered wrong. What do you think of De
the whole dating a cousin thing? I
Is it legal to have relations with a first (bo
- Family affair
Unfortunately, you're not
allowed to marry your sis-
ter, but in most states, you
can legally marry your first
cousin - congratulations!
Personally, I've never
been smitten by a cousin,
but who's to say Albert
Einstein was wrong when Harlan Cohen
he climbed all over his fam-
ily tree and married first cousin Elsa
Besides the social stigma, the other wa
debate centers around the risks of ch
cousin offspring. Dr. James Kneel, pro- ed
fessor of human genetics and internal me
medicine at the University of Michigan, wo
conducted some of the most intense giv
research to date on in-family breeding. F
In a study of Japanese children from yoi
birth to 10 years of age, Dr. Kneel wh
reported the mortality rate among hot
inbred children was 1.5 percent higher it.I
than all other children. Regarding seri- en
ous developmental problems, his find- hin
ings reflect a 2.2 percent increased risk
of problems among cousin offspring. alo
Regardless of any data, the absence 77
of arranged marriages and the geo- no
graphic disbursement of family today cia
has made cousin marriage a social tan(
taboo in Western culture. bee
So, before swinging from your fami- the
tree, make sure you're extremely
nfident and prepared to deal with
ch a decision.
My mom has a dog and I have a cat
ath get along well).
The problem is, my cat
throws up hair balls. I comb
and brush and sweep the hair
off the floors, but he still gets
If you know of any home
remedies, please ask around
and forward them?
- Cowling cat
Lucky for you, I just recov-
ered from a bad case of hair
After speaking with my veterinarian,
. Needleman, your best bet is take a
lk to your local pet store and pur-
ase an over-the-counter hair ball rem-
y. Some of the most popular treat-
nts run about five bucks and should
rk well for you and your cat (only
ve to cat).
Regardless of your house cleaning,
ur cat will continue to ingest hair
en cleaning himself. As.4r any
ame remedies, don't even mess with
If the little one continues hacking up
ough hair to weave a toupee, take
m to the vet for a check-up.
And, I'm so happy your pets get
ng well, that's wonderful.
rlan Cohen is a syndicated columnist and is
a licensed psychologst, themapist arphysi.
. Write Help Me Han via e-mailt har-
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