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Lewis makes slur

Jerry Lewis made an anti-gay slur on Australian TV similar to one he apologized for using on his annual telethon a year ago. After a news conference in Sydney on Friday, Lewis, 82, was asked for his opinion on the Australian nation sport of cricket.

“Oh, cricket? It's a f-- game. What are you, nuts?” Lewis replied.

The network broadcast the comment, and footage of Lewis handling an imaginary cricket bat with an effeminate gesture.

Lewis apologized in September last year for using a similar anti-gay slur in Las Vegas during his annual Labor Day telethon that raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Associated Press

Damon won't shelter his kids

Actor Matt Damon says he won't let his kids be shut away from the harsh realities of life, such as poverty, People reports.

“It's a hard thing to explain to a kid,” Damon said last week at a fundraiser for children's charity OneXOne, “and it is also unbelievable the way other kids are forced to live.”

Matt and wife Luciana are raising three girls: Alexia, 10, Isabella, 2, and Gia, who was born in August. The actor said he wanted them to accompany him on some of his charity missions around the world.

“The way you have to parent them is to show them the world. Explaining the world can only go so far.” Philadelphia Inquirer

Birthdays

Author Pat Conroy, 63. Actress Jaclyn Smith, 63. Sen. Hillary Clinton, 61. Actress Rita Wilson, 52. Actor Dylan McDermott, 47. Singer Natalie Merchant, 45. Country singer Keith Urban, 41. Actor Jon Heder, 31. Olympic silver-medal figure skater Sasha Cohen, 24.

This day in history Oct. 26

2001: President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, giving authorities unprecedented ability to search, seize, detain or eavesdrop in their pursuit of possible terrorists.

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