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Back in the headlines again was Dr. Sam Sheppard, 44, the osteopathic surgeon convicted in 1954 of murdering his pregnant wife and acquitted two years ago after a retrial brought forth new evidence in his behalf. This time Sheppard has been hit with a $530,000 malpractice suit filed in Youngstown, Ohio, charging that while he was surgically removing a lumbar disc from a steelworker, Samuel Lopez, he "negligently and carelessly lacerated a major artery" and "failed to repair it," as a result of which Lopez died. The suit, filed by Mrs. Marcia Lopez, also names the Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital Association and charges that it failed to use reasonable care in the case, since it knew Sheppard had not "held a surgical staff position at an accredited hospital for more than ten years."
Champagne was the order of the day last year at Newport News, Va., when Caroline Kennedy christened the U.S. Navy's latest aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy. Caroline, her mother and brother John were on hand again last week when the 61,450-ton warship was commissioned. This time the celebration called for cake, a huge 4-ft. by 8-ft. by 4-ft. vanilla replica of the J.F.K., from which Caroline cut the first slice. As part of the ceremonies, the Kennedy family gave the ship a replica of the sword carried by George Washington in the Revolutionary War.
He was a chemistry professor at the University of California at Berkeley and later director of its nuclear chemical research at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. He was one of the key figures in the development of the atom bomb, co-discovered plutonium, and is currently chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Yet the AEC's Glenn Seaborg, 56, had never been down in a uranium mine, where it all starts. To remedy that small fissure in his dossier, he buckled himself into a pair of coveralls, rubber boots and a safety hat and took off last week for a tour of New Mexico uranium mines. "I didn't feel my experience was complete until I had actually been into a uranium mine," he said.
Back home in Beverly Hills, she is hostess to a constant party consisting of two peacocks, 30 fantail pigeons, countless canaries, three tanks of goldfish, a few finches, a whidah bird and nine Chinese hairless dogs. ("They're all naked. What kind of dogs would you expect me to have?") It seemed only right that Gypsy Rose Lee, 54, should be named a vice president of Voilà, an outfit dealing in gourmet pet foods. So there was Gypsy, presiding at a party in Washington, watching such doggy delicacies as French beef burgundy (with just a touch of the grape to captivate the canine) and Irish kidney stew disappear under the combined assaults of an aggressive Chinese hairless, a beagle, a toy poodle wearing a bib, and a Yorkshire terrier. As for the ex-ecdysiast herself: "I have everything now I had 20 years ago," she said wistfully, "except it's all lower."