For plagiarizing Caddy-shack greenskeeper Carl Spackler, Roswell (N.Mex.) Daily Record sports editor Gregory M. Jones. In a piece about a golf tournament at the Roswell Country Club, Jones, 24, quoted the "assistant greenskeeper," one Carl Spangler, as saying of the course's grass, "This is a hybrid...of bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, featherbed bent and northern California sinsemilla. The amazing stuff about this is you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on the stuff." The quote comes verbatim from Bill Murray's disheveled, gopher-obsessed character. A few days later the Record ran a correction saying the paper's management had been advised that "the incident had not taken place and was in fact a scene from a movie" and that Jones had been let go. Said Jones, 'The worst thing I thought is people would steal some of the turf. I didn't think anyone would get offended."
The 2010 Winter Olympics, to Vancouver. The first-time host edged surprise finalist PyeongChang, South Korea, by 56-53 in a runoff vote of IOC delegates. The outcome could make the IOC disinclined to award the 2012 Summer Games to another North American city, New York, which is vying with Paris, London, Madrid and Moscow. The selection enhances prospects that the NHL will let its stars play in the next two Winter Olympics—2006 is to take place in Turin, Italy—as they have at the previous two Game.
A $25,000 bond after having a warrant issued for his arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Vail, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. The bond is meant to ensure Bryant's return to Colorado if he is charged, but as of Monday no decision had been made on whether he would be. Bryant's lawyer says his client is innocent.
To the field as an instructor, less than a month after undergoing a kidney transplant, former Southern Miss running back Derrick Nix. In 2002 Nix ran for 1,194 yards despite suffering from the ailment membranous glomerulonephritis. After the season he learned he needed a transplant (SI, May 19, 2003). On June 6 he received a kidney from his brother, Marcus, 33. After three weeks' recovery he joined Southern Miss's football camp, where he teaches players ages eight to 17 "It's a good feeling not to have to worry about sleeping with a machine at night," said Nix, who had been on dialysis since December. Nix will be a graduate assistant for the Golden Eagles this fall and hopes to pursue a coaching career.
Former Time Inc. CEO Andrew Heiskell, 87. The erudite and urbane Heiskell, who joined the company as a LIFE editor in 1937 and became chairman in '60, presided over Time Inc.'s most critical period of growth in magazine and book publishing while also laying roots in cable TV. Heiskell conceived PEOPLE (it launched in '74), oversaw SI's first years of profitability and helped lift SI to national prominence. He retired in '80 and devoted himself to civic causes, including the restoration of the New York Public Library.