NEW YORK (AP) -- Heralded for his steadfast response to a grief-torn city after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Sunday was named Time magazine's Person of the Year.
"I was stunned, a little," Giuliani said at a news conference Sunday. "It was really strange. It's hard to think of yourself that way."
The magazine's editors chose Giuliani "for having more faith in us than we had in ourselves, for being brave when required and rude where appropriate and tender without being trite, for not sleeping and not quitting and not shrinking from the pain all around him."
The award's criteria was set by Time founder Henry Luce: "The person or persons who most affected the news of our lives, for good or ill, this year."
Managing Editor Jim Kelly said he knew on Sept. 11 that the Person of the Year would have some connection to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Editors spent hours debating whether to name Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the terror assault, for the spot, Kelly said.
But bin Laden was "too small a man to get the credit for all that has happened in America in the autumn of 2001," the magazine said. "It is what came after his men had finished their job that has come to define this year."
Giuliani agreed with that judgment.
"I think it's much better that I was selected as a representative of the people of New York City rather than him," the mayor said at his news conference. "His ultimate objective was obviously not just to kill people, his objective was to destroy the spirit of America. The spirit of America is now stronger than it has ever been before."
Anderson wants Turkey to protect animals
RADNOR, Pa. (AP) -- Gillian Anderson, the star of Fox's prime time drama "The X-Files," has written to Turkey's prime minister urging passage of a law protecting animals in that country.
"I respectfully urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that such a law is enacted," Anderson wrote in her letter to Bulent Ecevit, TV Guide said in its Dec. 29 issue.
Anderson, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, told the prime minister that she was "shocked to learn that animals in Turkey have absolutely no legal protection from cruelty and abuse" and cited examples of suffering by dogs, camels, bears, and roosters.
Ingels, Jones thwart developers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marty Ingels and Shirley Jones are spending more than $100,000 to keep developers at bay in a tiny mountain town east of Los Angeles.
The comedian and the actress outbid two developers last week on a half-acre commercial lot in downtown Fawnskin and plan to turn it into a public park.
"We are seeing the world buried by progress," Ingels said. "They are going to try to figure out where they can put the 7-Elevens and hotels in downtown Fawnskin, and they will find they can't put them in anywhere."
The husband and wife actually live about 100 miles away in the Encino area of Los Angeles but own a 15-acre estate less than a half-mile from the center of Fawnskin.
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