Procter & Gamble went to court in Houston in a lawsuit alleging
that Amway distributors maliciously resurrected the rumor that
the company was involved with satanic cults.
The maker of brands such as Ivory soap, Tide detergent, Crest
toothpaste and Mr. Clean alleges that Amway distributors,
including several from the Houston area, told thousands of their
customers that part of Procter & Gamble's profits
go to satanic cults.
Amway Corp. denied the allegations, and said the company
doesn't believe the rumors and has done everything
it can to prevent distributors from spreading them.
The rumors began about 20 years ago. They have to do
with Procter & Gamble's logo, a bearded, crescent man-in-the-
moon looking over a field of 13 stars.
"The rumors falsely allege that the trademark is a symbol of Satanism. It says the company gives its profits to the
Church of Satan, which is totally false," Procter & Gamble
spokeswoman Elaine Plummer said.
"It's a malicious lie that erodes the trust of customers
and has cost us millions of dollars in sales."
The trademark originated around 1851, when many products
did not have logos, Plummer said. "Even people who could not
read could see P&G's trademark and know they would get consistent quality," she said.
The 13 stars represent the 13 original colonies and the man-in-
the-moon was a popular decorative fancy of the 1800s, she said.
When the Cincinnati-based company stopped using the
mark in the 1860s, merchants receiving new shipments of soap
and candles thought they were getting imitations of P&G
So the company brought the logo back, Plummer said.
According to the rumors, it depicts signs of the devil,
P&G alleges that in 1995, Amway distributors revived
the rumors, using Amway's vast voice mail system.
At least 669 Oklahoma residents were
treated for injuries throughout the state after
tornadoes struck Oklahoma City.
Medical staffs at area hospitals found
themselves struggling to save the lives of people whose bodies had been crushed by falling
walls and pierced by flying glass.
"The first lady we saw had a large hole
in her chest," said Dr. Dale Askins, emergency
department director at Hillcrest Medical Center.
"It looked like a large piece of wood had penetrated there."
Hillcrest physicians stabilized one
8-year-old girl who suffered extreme head
injuries and transferred her to the Children's
Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City.
"Her sister had a head injury also and
had to be intubated and resuscitated here,"
Askins said. She was about 5.
Those with minor injuries were treated
in the hospital's cafeteria.
More than 60 physicians worked on
patients at Hillcrest alone.
Dozens of others labored on the 150
patients who were taken to nearby Midwest
Medical Center, another hospital close to
Bridge Creek, a suburban community directly
in the storm's path.
Some people in the hospitals nearest
the storm track worked on victims of the
Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995, but
they didn't have to cope with so many injured.
"I'm sure there were some flashbacks
and connections," Askins said. "I think for the
medical personnel who lived through that, it
was kind of the mass casualty scene.
Nurse Ted Kellison, a veteran of the
1995 bombing, said most people just did their
jobs without thinking about the bombing.
"It's tornado country," Kellison said.
"We know what can happen."
Three U.S. soldiers, who were
held captive by Yugoslav forces for more
than a month, were finally freed in
Croatia to a rousing welcome and the
promise of swift family reunions.
Jesse Jackson, the political and
civil rights leader who arranged their
release in a meeting with Yugoslav
President Slobodan Milosevic, said that
used to spark
solution to the
would continue the bombing of the
set a meeting with Russian officials to
discuss that nation's effort to help find a
The U.S. soldiers — Steven
Gonzales, 22, of Huntsville.TX;
Christopher Stone, 25, of Smiths Creek,
Mich.; and Andrew Ramirez, 24, of Los
Angeles — were seized near Macedonia's
border with Kosovo on March 31.
Although the Serbs kept them
apart and the three prisoners had little
access to radio, television or newspapers,
it did not appear that they were tortured. Looking fit and in high spirits,
the three soldiers exited the plane to
cheers from a crowd on the runway.
They waved and snapped to attention
before being whisked by helicopter to
a nearby U.S. Army hospital.
They underwent three days of
medical and psychological examinations at the high-
security ward of
that watching a
of her son walking to freedom
"was a deeply
"We saw the
three holding their hands in the air
with big smiles on their faces. It was
wonderful, wonderful to see."
Jackson addressed the crowd at
the air base and called for the U.S. government not to miss "the window"
created by the release of the soldiers to
"move toward peace" with Milosevic,
whose forces have been waging war
with ethnic Albanian rebels in Kosovo.
• Robert O'Sullivan, 22, of LaPorte
legally won $1,000 from radio station KKRW (93.7) for legally changing his name to Obi-Wan Kenobi, as
part of a publicity campaign for the
"Star Wars: Episode One - The
Phantom Menace" movie.
• Dennis Rodman settled a lawsuit
that accused him of assaulting a
college student. The amount was
• A Florida man sued Monica
Lewinsky claiming she owes him
100,000 dollars in compensatory
damages and 40 million dollars
more for the amount spent in Ken
Starr's investigation. It is not known
if he will disperse the money to
• Amy Fisher, 24, was released
after seven years in prison for
shooting her lover's wife in the face.
Her lover, Joey Buttafuoco, served
six months in jail for statutory rape.