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Chain a fool?

The dashing young lawyer John Kennedy Jr. usually bicycles from upper to lower Manhattan and back again _ to and from work _ with his bicycle chain padlocked around his waist. According to the New York Post, he realized when he got home one recent night that he had lost his key. He spent the night sleeping with the chain around his waist; in the morning, police were able to remove it.Soon to

be Sir Bad

Michael Jackson has hired Sir Richard Attenborough, director of Gandhi, to help direct the music video from his next album, says the New York Post.

Third time's the charm

A jaunty, jolly and jowl-less image of former President Ronald Reagan beams from official presidential portrait No. 3, which has replaced portrait No. 2 in the White House foyer. The new work, which was done by Everett Raymond Kinstler and depicts the president sitting on a White House balcony, was ordered by the former president and paid for by a group of his friends. Reagan's spokesman, Bill Garber, said that painting No. 2, in which artist Aaron Shikler portrayed the former president standing next to his desk, was disliked by his supporters, who thought it "not a good likeness." Shikler had destroyed portrait No. 1, because it pictured the president with what his friends thought was an odd grin, and Nancy Reagan did not like it.

Give peas

a chance

In London, Paul and Linda McCartney unveiled their own line of frozen vegetarian dishes, including cheese pieces, pasties, lasagna and vegetarian "hamburgers." Mrs. McCartney said she would like to "close down the slaughterhouses."

They said it

"I get letters like, "The first act was my life, but the second act wasn't my life.' Well, write your own play. Leave me alone."

_ Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, quoted in US magazine.

"If I hadn't been a star, I would have been a beautician or a missionary."

_ Dolly Parton in Vanity Fair magazine.

"Her gender added excitement and fascination to the gray business of politics. ... The essence of her fascination lay in her aggressive exercise of power combined with a sizzling sexual charge. It was a potent chemical combination that served her well with men generally _ and did her no harm internationally, as she wooed and won leaders as ideologically different as Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. ... As Francois Mitterrand remarked, "She has the eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe."'

_ Vogue magazine summing up the career of Margaret Thatcher, sex symbol and former prime minister of Great Britain.

_ LEAH GARCHIK, San Francisco Chronicle