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2013-07-21T00:00:00Z Around the world Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2013 12:00 am

China

Hong Kong exhibit recalls Bruce Lee's life

HONG KONG - The late superstar Bruce Lee is best-known for the kung fu skills he displayed in his movies, but his daughter hopes that more people take the effort to understand his teachings and life philosophy.

Marking his death 40 years ago Saturday, the Hong Kong government has teamed up with the Bruce Lee Foundation to put together an exhibition to showcase the late star's life, from his famous yellow tracksuit he wore in the movie "Game of Death," to his writings and drawings.

The exhibition that opened Saturday, "Bruce Lee: Kung fu. Art. Life," has more than 600 items on display, including photos, costumes, videos and even a 3.8-yard statue.

Lee, who was born in San Francisco but raised in Hong Kong, died at the height of his fame due to an allergic reaction to painkillers at age 32.

Shannon Lee, who was 4 when her father died, said he is still such a strong influence that many make assumptions about her.

Lee, who is also the president of the Bruce Lee Foundation, said not many people know the depth of her father as a man.

"Hopefully this exhibition will help show a more complete picture" by showing Lee's family side, the hard work he put into making his movies and other aspects of his life such as the poetry he wrote, she said.

Britain

News-parody pioneer Mel Smith dies at 60

LONDON - Actor and writer Mel Smith, a major force in British comedy whose evening news parody anticipated the high jinks of hits such as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," has died of a heart attack, his agent said Saturday. He was 60.

Smith shot to fame along with his partner-in-comedy Griff Rhys Jones in "Not the Nine O'Clock News," whose take-down of earnest BBC newscasts, talk shows, and commercials would influence a generation of comedians.

"We probably enjoyed ourselves far too much, but we had a roller coaster of a ride along the way. Terrific business. Fantastic fun, making shows. Huge parties and crazy times," Jones said. "Mel was always ready to be supportive. Nobody could have been easier to work with."

The pair's sketch show was a watershed, laying the ground for current affairs spoofs such as the "The Day Today" and, much later, America's "Daily Show."

Italy

5 cruise line workers receive prison terms

GROSSETO - Five employees of an Italian cruise company were convicted Saturday of manslaughter in the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 people, receiving sentences of less than three years that lawyers for victims and survivors criticized as too lenient.

The guilty verdicts for multiple manslaughter and negligence were the first reached in the sinking of the cruise liner carrying more than 4,000 crew and passengers near the Tuscan shore in January 2012.

The ship's captain, the only remaining defendant, was denied a plea bargain and is being tried separately. He faces up to 20 years, if convicted of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the ship.

The longest sentence went to the company's crisis coordinator, who was sentenced to two years and 10 months.

India

'Very toxic' levels of pesticide killed kids

PATNA - Samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide, police said Saturday.

Ravindra Kumar, a Patna police officials, told reporters that forensic tests revealed that the samples contained the pesticide monocrotophos in levels that were "very toxic" for humans.

The free midday meal was served to the children Tuesday in Gandamal village 50 miles north of Patna, the Bihar state capital.

Twenty-three children between the ages of 5 and 12 died from eating the meal, and many others fell ill.

The Associated Press

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