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"Grandpa' Munster sets sights on Senate

Anywhere else it would be an oddity, but this is New York's U.S. Senate race. Al Lewis _ better known as "Grandpa" on the 1960s television show The Munsters _ says he is considering a Senate run. The 89-year-old cigar-chomping comedian announced Monday he was setting up an exploratory committee. He also took a shot at his likely rivals, dubbing New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton "Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum." All three are eyeing the seat being vacated by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Man banned from driving after hitting royal's car

A driver who hit the Queen Mother's official car was fined $1,120 Monday and banned from driving for two years. Queen Elizabeth II's 99-year-old mother was not in the Daimler when it was struck July 4 in Surrey. Prosecutors said Eamon Reidy had a blood-alcohol level 2{ times the legal limit for driving when his vehicle hit the Daimler. Reidy, 32, sped off before abandoning his vehicle and running across fields, where he was seen by a police helicopter, prosecutors said.

Grateful Dead's archivist Dick Latvala, 56, dies

Dick Latvala, the Grateful Dead's archivist, died Friday in Petaluma, Calif., of a heart attack. He was 56. The Berkeley native was an avid collector of the band's tapes during the 1960s and 1970s. By the early 1980s, he was known as an amateur expert and was hired by the band as its archivist.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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