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Royals in a rush

Princess Anne on Monday was barred from driving for one month and fined nearly $300 because she was caught speeding twice on the same road in one week. The 40-year-old daughter of Queen Elizabeth II admitted driving 77 mph on Aug. 2 and 90 mph on Aug. 9 on Fosse Way, northwest of London. The speed limit is 60 mph.

Her attorney, Michael Sullivan, said she wished to "express her regret for both offenses." The princess was not in court.

Earlier this month, Princess Diana was given a warning for driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone near Kensington Palace in central London.

Superman to propose

One of America's oldest but ageless superheroes is about to make a commitment.

Shorn of his powers, resigned to a normal, mild-mannered life, Superman (in his guise as Clark Kent) finally succumbs to Lois Lane's 50-year pursuit and pops the question in the Nov. 1 issue of the Superman comic book.

Lois, though still unaware that Clark is the Man of Steel, accepts.

No immediate wedding date was planned and, naturally, complications loom.

"It's not a gag, not a one-issue trick story," according to DC Comics. "This time, for the first time since the characters were created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, it's for real."

Kent is exposed to red kryptonite and loses his super powers. Finally able to live what he thinks will be a normal life, Kent proposes, said DC Comic spokeswoman Martha Thomases.

When Superman regains his super powers he must again decide whether to reveal his secret identity to his betrothed.

To be continued, as they say.

Et cetera . . .

Guitarist Lee Ritenour married Carmen Santos, a Brazilian arts envoy, in a chapel Sunday at Pepperdine University in California. Ritenour, 38, and Santos, 34, met when Ritenour was on tour in Brazil and dated three years.

Helen Hayes was hailed Monday night as a giant of the stage without peer at a black-tie celebration of her 90th birthday in New York. Among those honoring Hayes were country singer Randy Travis, actor Burgess Meredith and actress Carol Channing.

People have a trace amount of iron in the ethmoid bone between their eyes that serves as a kind of built-in compass, and people shut in dark rooms or blindfolded often can align themselves with magnetic north. That's according to Marc McCutcheon, author of The Compass in Your Nose and Other Astonishing Facts About Humans.