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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, November 5, 2002

'South Park' on DVD

Advertiser Staff and News Services

All 13 episodes from the legendary first season of "South Park" will be released in a three-disc DVD collection Nov. 12 and, as usual with this potty-mouth show, a little controversy comes along with the package. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have recorded a separate audio CD of commentary that won't be included with the DVD set because Warner Brothers would not consent to the release without editing some of its content because of "standards" issues. The comedians refused.

"Trey and I simply love the sounds of our own voices too much to let this happen. We also believe in a little thang called the First Amendment. After you hear it, you may wonder, 'What was the big deal about, anyway?' Good question. And one better directed at Warner Brothers." Stone also invites people to enjoy his and Parker's "first-ever sober audio commentary."

Ripper revelation?

Jack the Ripper's DNA could match that of respected British artist Walter Sickert, according to a new book from American crime novelist Patricia Cornwell. In "Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper — Case Closed," excerpted in the December issue of Vanity Fair, Cornwell describes how she and a team of investigators came to their conclusion after analyzing DNA samples from 55 letters, envelopes and stamps sent by Jack the Ripper; Sickert, as well as his wife and his mentor, and Ripper suspect Montague John Druitt.

While the DNA tests rule out 99 percent of the population as suspects, Cornwell warns that, at best, the results are a "cautious indicator," because the tests compare the Ripper's DNA with what is likely blood or saliva from Sickert. Sickert was cremated, and no definitive evidence of his DNA exists.

Clean-handed kids

A new study among preschoolers nationwide reveals that almost 75 percent of children surveyed do not know that they should wash their hands after using the bathroom. Now that cold and flu season is approaching, parents and teachers need to make sure children understand and practice good hand-washing hygiene, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

With a little education, children as young as 3 can grasp the importance of getting rid of germs and adopt proper hand-washing techniques. Children in Head Start Centers in four cities nationwide participated in the hand-washing study, conducted by an independent research firm and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and sponsored by Softsoap.