News Roundup: July 22


Katalin Pota, who plays the character of the maid Lilliana Wosilius on the HBO show The Sopranos, was beaten and tossed down a flight of stairs, police said Friday. According to The Associated Press, the actress was beaten around the face, legs and torso before being thrown down the stairs on July 5. She suffered a broken arm. Police arrested Andre Doumler, 40, of Jersey City, on Friday and charged him with aggravated assault.

Four-time Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn remained hospitalized this weekend after undergoing several tests for a minor urinary tract infection, Hartford Hospital spokesman James Battaglio told The Associated Press on Saturday. Hepburn, 94, was admitted on Wednesday, and if all goes well, she will be sent home on Monday, Battaglio said. Hepburn‘s past health problems include arthritis, pneumonia and Parkinson’s-like tremors.

In General

Rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof condemned anti-capitalist violence on the streets of Genoa, Italy, on Saturday, saying the violence distracted attention from their four-year campaign to wipe out the debts of the world’s poorest nations, Reuters reported. “I don’t think violence is ever right, but anger is understandable when facing the obscenity of the ever widening gap of inequality on the planet between the haves and the have nots,” U2 singer Bono said. The artists hope to strengthen efforts to help more countries qualify for debt relief, and they urge developing countries to carry out reforms.

A retired police officer from Buckeye Lake, Ohio, won Key West’s annual Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Saturday, The Associated Press reports. The white-bearded man wore a white sweater of the type the author wore in one of the most well-known portraits of him. The annual Hemingway Days Festival is a five-day romp that also includes an arm-wrestling competition and a marlin fishing tournament.