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June 25, 2001
Rehired?Radio reporter Sid Rosenberg, who was fired two weeks ago after saying on Don Imus's syndicated show that Venus Williams was an "animal" and that she and sister Serena had a better shot at posing nude for National Geographic than Playboy. "He apologized and showed he understood he was wrong," says program director Mark Chernoff of Imus's flagship station, WFAN, in New York City. Rosenberg also sent a written apology to the Williamses.
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June 25, 2001

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Rehired
?Radio reporter Sid Rosenberg, who was fired two weeks ago after saying on Don Imus's syndicated show that Venus Williams was an "animal" and that she and sister Serena had a better shot at posing nude for National Geographic than Playboy. "He apologized and showed he understood he was wrong," says program director Mark Chernoff of Imus's flagship station, WFAN, in New York City. Rosenberg also sent a written apology to the Williamses.

Sentenced
?To 104 years in prison, David Casper, 28, son of two-time U.S. Open golf champion Billy Casper, for a 1999 crime spree during which he robbed his parents' house. He pleaded guilty in April to 35 felony counts and was sentenced under California's three-strikes law.

Detained
?By New York City correction officers, Tom Gallagher, 37, who was swimming in the East River when he was mistakenly identified as an escaped prisoner from nearby Rikers Island. Gallagher was swimming around Long Island to raise money for the Association for Children with Down Syndrome. "We got all happy thinking we had our man," said Sandra Smith, a correction department spokeswoman. It took 10 minutes for Gallagher to persuade officers to allow him to continue.

Employed
?As a security guard for one episode of the Jerry Springer Show, Tigers pitcher Jeff Weaver. The 6'5", 200-pound Weaver, a fan of the program, broke up two scuffles during his stint, including one involving two heavyset women.

Scrapped
?Plans by the CFL's Toronto Argonauts for a regular pregame wet T-shirt contest using strippers from a local club. "The response was generally positive," says Argonauts president Jeff Giles. "[But] perhaps we went a little bit too far." The Argos will instead feature swimsuit competitions that will be open to all women.

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