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Anti-war letter carried well-known signatures

Question: I understand that a number of celebrities signed an antiwar letter. Can you name some names?

Answer: The petition letter to President Bush, titled "Win Without War," stated that its signers are "patriotic Americans" who support "rigorous" U.N. weapons inspections and share the belief that Saddam Hussein cannot be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction. But they oppose a pre-emptive military invasion of Iraq.

Among those signing: Edward Asner, Kim Basinger, Diahann Carroll, Jill Clayburgh, Matt Damon, Olympia Dukakis, Mia Farrow, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover, Ethan Hawke, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Martin Sheen.

The letter is online at www.moveon.org/artistswinwithoutwar.

Plain water can't spoil

Question: Is it safe to drink bottled water after the expiration date on the label?

Answer: Yes, if it remains sealed and was properly stored.

Given that scenario, there's really no need for an expiration date for bottled water, said Sue Moores of the American Dietetic Association. The reason for the date is that some states require that every food have one.

Nothing in bottled water can spoil, unless the water is flavored or has nutrients or some other additive, Moores said.

Home decorator on hiatus

Question: What happened to Lynette Jennings, who had a regular home decor program for years on the Discovery Channel?

Answer: Jennings told Q&A she is writing a book and developing a line of products. Her program is "on hiatus," she said. A notice on the Discovery Channel's Web site says the same thing, that the Lynette Jennings show "will be on hiatus" in 2003.

Have a question about the news? Colin Bessonette will try to get an answer. Call (404) 222-2002 or write to him at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, P.O. Box 4689, Atlanta, GA 30302, or e-mail him at q&aajc.com.

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